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Today I Learned... About San Francisco's Vape Ban




San Francisco has made a huge step forward; it is the first country to ban the usage of

e-cigarettes. It will go into effect in around 7 months, but it is still very remarkable that San Francisco is taking the initiative to do this. This is because of the rising usage of vaping amongst teens. In 2017, only 10% of high school students vaped. In 2018, this number doubled to 21%. That means 1 in every 5 high school students vape. This is crazy to think that 21% of students have nicotine racing in their bodies.

I think San Francisco is doing the right thing. Vaping is a huge risk to young teens who don't even know what the negative effects are. I talked to my friend once who said, "It's not even smoking. It is just sucking in vapor and it's actually good for you." This actually blew my mind that people could be so ignorant about the vaping epidemic. San Francisco is going in the right path, but obviously a ban won't stop people from vaping. Just like how marijuana is illegal to teens, it's everywhere in high school. It is so easy to get your hands on it that it doesn't even seem illegal. San Francisco and other cities/states that follow in the same path will need to do some form of regulation to make sure that people don't vape.




Sources:

Norcia, Alex. “San Francisco's Vape 'Ban' Is Turning Into a War Over Wokeness.” Vice, VICE, 11 July 2019, www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xzpxb/san-franciscos-vape-ban-is-turning-into-a-war-over-wokeness.