NORMAL, Ill. — Teens and young adults continue to vape, despite a mysterious outbreak of vaping related illnesses.
The C.D.C., the F.D.A. and even The White House are urging college kids to stop using the vape products, but many still do.
Illinois State University is among a long list of institutions in the state to switch to a smoke free and tobacco free campus, but some students say if it helps someone drop a worse habit, it can’t be that bad.
“If it benefits someone, go for it,” said ISU Senior Jack Nowak. “I think we should have the right to do what we want. I’m not pro-banning it, if it’s out there, it’s fine.
Vaping was initially created to ween people off cigarettes, and because some products don’t have tobacco some may believe it’s the healthier option.
Dylan Toth, ISU Sophomore, disagrees. He says it’s trading an addiction to something we know is bad for us, for something not yet proven to be bad for us.
“You still have that nicotine so you still have that craving that you can’t get rid of,” said Toth. “It lacks maybe a healthier substitute, but still something that should maybe be a stepping stone to quitting all together.”
Toth says because we don’t know the long term effects of vaping, it shouldn’t be considered healthier than smoking.
“It’s like cigarettes,” he said. “For decades it was encouraged, and now it’s found to have negative impacts. I think we need to keep doing that research, and we will find a similar result (with vaping).”