Should all vaping be stopped?

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This is a controversial topic, and one that young people might not want to read! So, let’s start with something we can agree on. Nicotine is very addictive. The more you vape, the more your brain and body get used to having nicotine, and the harder it is to go without it. When you go without vaping, the nicotine level in your bloodstream drops, which can cause nasty feelings, physical symptoms, and urges to vape even more. Like anything else, it is an easy addiction to form. Even if you don’t vape every day, you can still get addicted.

Addiction in the growing brain may mean that you are more likely to get addicted to other substances later in life. Studies show that vaping makes it more likely that someone will try other tobacco products, like regular cigarettes. Many vapes are made by the same companies that produce regular cigarettes. Their marketing targets young people by making fun flavours for vapes and showing young, healthy people vaping. What they are really trying to do is to make you into their new, lifetime customer.

Everyone is different and how quickly someone gets addicted varies. While you might start having it every so often and not feeling attached to it, over time you are likely to need it more and more. Of course, some people will argue, well what about vapes that don’t contain nicotine. Realistically, most vaping juices do have nicotine in them. However, even those that don’t do have chemicals in them, which can still irritate and damage the lungs.

It seems like there are endless reasons to quit vaping, or not to start at all! The long-term health consequences of vaping are not known. Remember that people used to think smoking regular cigarettes was good for them! Immediate risks are examples of how nicotine affects your brain development, which can make it harder to learn and concentrate. Some of the brain changes are permanent and can affect your mood and ability to control your impulses as an adult. Finally, think of the money. Vaping is expensive! The cost of the cartridges over time starts to add up.

Also vaping is illegal for those under 18. In 2020 the Government prohibited vaping at schools and early childhood centres and prohibited vape advertising and sponsorship.

So, it seems pretty clear that vaping is bad, right? Well maybe it’s not so simple.

A decade ago, the NZ Government made a goal to be smokefree by 2025. However, vaping is often thought of as a tool that can help people quit smoking – by switching to nicotine vapes, then nicotine-free vapes, and then eventually quitting altogether. Therefore, any introduction of vaping regulations must consider the smokefree action plan as well. The two are intrinsically linked, with vaping an effective tool towards Aotearoa achieving the smokefree goal.

Nancy Loucas, the co-director of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) has said that “As the most effective smoking cessation tool in history, vaping has been key to reducing our national smoking rate in the past decade.” She believes that encouraging smokers to switch to safer and less expensive vaping products is critical to achieving the smokefree ambition.  

So, what do you think? On the one hand, vaping is an effective tool to help long-term smokers quit, but on the other more and more young people are getting introduced to addictive substances. Where do we draw the line?

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Critical Thinking Questions:

  1. Is it dangerous that young people can buy vape products online?
  2. What is another long- or short-term effect of using nicotine products?
  3. Is vaping bad for the environment? Why / why not?

Practical Thinking Questions:

  1. What are other effective ways to quit smoking, and do these methods work?
  2. What would you personally think of an immediate vaping ban?
  3. What are the pros and what are the cons of an immediate vaping ban?

72 Responses

  1. I think it is good to vape in order to break a smoking addiction so long you don’t get hooked on vaping too!!

  2. I think we should stop vaping it is twice as worse as smoking and a lot of people are getting peer pressured into it

  3. i think vaping is not good but only from my personal experiance and that my parent strongly disagree with vaping i dont like vaping but it is your choice remember your body doesnt like it!!

  4. We should all stop smoking and vaping and hopefully New Zealand becomes a some free country.

  5. Why was vaping/smoking created anyway such a stupid idea.

  6. nah keep vaping till you have lung cancer??
    why do kids even wanna do this???
    just stop this asap!!!

  7. stop vaping every one around the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. In my opinion, vaping and smoking should be banned and destroyed. It affects your brain and your lungs and you do not want to get addicted to it.

  9. Vaping puts nicotine into the body. Nicotine is highly addictive and can: slow brain development in teens and affect memory,concetiration,learning,self-control,attention,and mod.

  10. we shold stop vaping this is bad for our body and stop putting them on the ground and dont drink drugs

  11. Vaping and smoking should be banned but it also shouldn’t be banned, here’s why vaping and smoking are highly addictive and it is very hard to stop doing once you are hooked on it but a lot of people

  12. jasper,I do not agree with you because then we just get addicted to vaping instead of smoking.The Government should stop selling vapes and smokes and drugs because they activate dopamine in your brain and make it really addictive,plus it makes your brain go crazy!I would not advise you to do that!!!

  13. vaping is bad stop vaping

  14. we should stop vaping/smoking becuses its bad for ur body and for ur health,like kids are vaping in our school and its not cool.my parents disagree bc they love vaping but i searched some stuff up and saw that vaping is way more worse then smoking and if we stop this nz will be smoke free!

  15. Jasper is wrong as they are both bad and none of them should be practiced try nicotine gum instead but not for long because it also has side effects if taken for too long.

  16. whe should all stop vaping cause its bad for your health and its basicly like smoking and smoking can cause you a heart attack.

  17. I feel like this a total monster of a burger look’s more like a grilled cheese than a burger
    I am disgusted.

  18. Vaping is terrible and some idiotic people might not think so, and some young children might see their parents doing it and want to do it to this is terrible! even though you are addicted, stop vaping and smoking and soon your addiction will go away.

  19. for yall who r saying “we should NOT stop vaping” yall obviously haven’t done research. You can literally get asthma or even worse, lung cancer. the more you vape the faster you are trying to kill yourselves, and you guys r too blind to even see it.

  20. i think we should stop vaping because it is not good for your health and will get dead in no time so thats why i think we should continue vaping . na jokes

  21. We should stop vaping because its bad for your health and you are gonna get lung cancer and then we have go to the emergency room and that why we should stop vaping

  22. i love vaping it’s hard to buy one when only 9 but i steel my sisters but she is only 12 so she has to buy one of this kid in college

  23. I think that vaping is sometimes a good thing but they have to be over 18 and have to be using it to quit smoking.

  24. kids that vape are not cool because if you vape you will have bad lungs when they are older because they will be connsitted as a person

  25. STOP VAPING it is terrible for you and just maybe a tiny bit better for you than smoking.
    STOP VAPING STOP VAPING STOP VAPING STOP VAPING STOP VAPING STOP VAPING STOP VAPING STOP VAPING STOP VAPING STOP VAPING STOP VAPING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Lucan, Nafe, Joe and Kearn are right.
    YOU SHOULD STOP VAPING RIGHT NOW IT IS BAD FOR YOU AND YOUR HEALTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. stop vaping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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