The Prevalence of E-cigarettes & Vaping in Schools
Out of numerous eyes-awakening news articles on The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, two news article majorly drew attention on the prevalence of e-cigarettes and vaping in schools. The first news article is ‘I Can’t Stop: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion’ from NYTimes by Kate Zernike (2018).
The second news article is ‘Schools and Parents fight a Juul E-cigarette Epidemic’ from WSJ by Anne Marie Chaker (2018). These two news article share a significant connection with each other. They both are based on a health factor and have used similar terms, such as schools, teens, vaping, and e-cigarettes. Above all, they are connected with five sociological terms, i.e., cultural transmission, social stigma, social control, deviance, and informal social control.
Both of the articles reflect the rising trend of vaping in schools. Students have been caught carrying vaping pens and/or e-cigarettes at school, despite the school’s strict rules and regulations and prohibition against vaping. These devices were basically produced to help smokers in quitting their smoking habits. However, the school fears that an entirely new generation of nicotine addicts has been created by it, as middle school and high school students have started using it the most. Some of the school officials also claimed that smoking was never that common in school to what now vaping is. Vaping is done even in a class by some students.
One of the most popular e-cigarette brands is Juul. The company is based in San Francisco. Although it has been predicted that vaping is less risky than smoking, however, the long-term effects of these devices can be riskier to youth. It appears that the e-cigarette industry and schools must work out together to understand why vaping has become so common in teenagers and especially students. As the risks associated with these devices are unknown in comparison to smoking. Despite the Juul Company’s claims that its products were invented for those adults who want to quit smoking. It was found that students who never did smoking in their life are now vaping.
Lastly, five sociological terms that appear to be connected with these two news articles are the cultural transmission, social stigma, social control, deviance, and informal social control. Deviant behavior has been shown through the usage of e-cigarettes, although they were produced to de-normalize smoking. But it appears that they have made smoking more desirable especially due to the way they are being marketed.