If a student chooses to use electronic cigarettes, common courtesy should be practiced
By Maria Grund ’14
Electronic cigarettes are not an uncommon sight among high school students. They can be found in the pockets or backpacks of many teenagers and their increased usage has become evident around UAHS.
Electronic cigarettes can be purchased relatively easier than regular cigarettes. Many teenagers use electronic cigarettes as a way to stop smoking regular cigarettes since the nicotine level can be controlled, according to Chicago Tonight. Others use the tool recreationally as a way to have fun and relax.
No matter the usage or reason, the long-term side effects of electronic cigarettes have not been thoroughly tested. The risk is up to the discretion of the user. This is not a public service announcement on the dangers of electronic cigarettes, but instead a friendly reminder to be respectful if you do use them.
Usage of electronic cigarettes is prohibited at UAHS. This isn’t just to “kill the vibe” or to target certain students. The use of these devices makes UAHS less appealing and shows a lack of respect towards other students. Just because you like your electronic cigarettes doesn’t mean everyone is going to want to watch you smoke or inhale your “vape.” It can also be a distraction; school is a learning environment and smoking can be disruptful to others. It doesn’t matter if it’s in class, the bathroom or outside, students and administrators can tell when you’ve been smoking and it is disruptive. Regardless, is a quick smoke at school really worth the risk of getting caught? Just wait until school is out.
Another important aspect to take note of is that some electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, so the smoke isn’t entirely safe for other students. It doesn’t matter if you’re in school or doing whatever you do in your free time, smoking around people who don’t enjoy it is inconsiderate. The vapors from electronic cigarettes can irritate people, even if it is mostly water. If it’s absolutely necessary, excuse yourself and go outside for a quick smoke. Your friends will understand; they might even be thankful.
We’re in no position to tell you what you can and can’t do in your free time. If you want to use electronic cigarettes, the choice is up to you. Just remember to be respectful of those around you.