Since July, there has been a warning for the disposable vaping device, Puff Bars, to be taken off of the US market. At the beginning of 2020, the FDA banned all flavored JUUL pods because of their notice that teens were attracted to the flavors. Minty, sweet, and fruity flavors were all outlawed, leaving only the sale of menthol and tobacco flavors. The FDA believes that Puff Bars are a dangerous thing due to the wide variety of flavors, and the fact that it is disposable.
“I have heard about the possible ban on Puff Bars,” a freshman said. “I was disappointed when I first heard about it on Tik Tok, but then like two weeks later I decided that I wanted to quit vaping. So it doesn’t really affect me now.”
Many kids this year have been very angry with the talk of the ban. However, if you are not 21 you should not be vaping, as it is illegal. Vaping can affect brain development, cause addiction, suppress appetite, and injects harmful ingredients into your body.
“I vaped for the first time freshman year. My friend had taken me to the bathroom when I was having a bad day, and she offered me her Puff Bar. I remember the taste of it. It was yummy, the flavor was banana ice I think. Since the first time, I have become addicted. I didn’t realize that I was, until I realized that I needed nicotine to be happy, and since then, I have downloaded a sober app on my phone to help me quit,” a sophomore said.
When an addiction is formed being without it can heavily affect your mood, and change your habits. You can go through terrible withdrawals and become moody with out it. Harmful ingredients such as diacetyl, ultrafine particles, and metals are all injected into your lungs, and body. In a study, researchers found that the majority users of e-cigs are teenagers, they found that adults smoke cigarettes mostly.
“I think that the vaping industry directly targets teenagers. It’s obvious, from their wide variety of flavors to their commercials, their target audience is teenagers,” a parent said. “I don’t think that teenagers should be vaping. It is extremely harmful to brain development, for your brain stops developing at 25. But I also think that the kid has to make their own decisions, and stop vaping on their own.”
By Brooklyn Hagblom, staff writer