E-cigarettes Linked to Death?


Aleana Meador, Sports Editor

     Have you ever hit an E-cigarette and felt like it got hard to breathe? Maybe it really was! Have you seen on the news about how that e-cigarettes have killed nine people this year? It is pretty crazy and scary. You might change your mind after reading this if you wanna hit an e-cigarette. 

     A Juul pod contains 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine. The E-cigarette was really for adults who were trying to quit smoking. Then it got really popular for kids about one year ago. Now kids think that they need nicotine to live. But in August, an outbreak of severe lung disease related to e-cigarettes started, causing severe illness and death in many US states. The first death from e-cigarettes was in 2014 and it was a 1-year-old who died of liquid nicotine poisoning.

     Some facts about nicotine:  Nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain. The brain keeps developing until about age 25. Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Nicotine changes the way these synapses are formed. Next time you hit an e-cigarette just think you want to mess up your lungs or brain?