The health risks and problems that come with vaping seem to be undermined by their “fun” flavors and availability to teens and young adults

Vaping is a rising issue all schools are facing; MHS has a discipline plan for it


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Cases are being recorded around the world of teens being hospitalized due to vaping. Whether that be health-related issues, or the device itself malfunctioning, doctors are becoming increasingly worried about the health of vaping teens. 

A Utah family recently had to have their son Alexander Mitchell airlifted 65 miles away after his lungs failed. Tests were run for bacterial pneumonia but came back negative, which left doctors confused and worried. “A doctor’s hunch,” as reported by the Washington Post, is what led them to point fingers at vaping.

He was officially diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which—in most cases—is deadly. The doctor informed his family that the case was most likely linked to vaping and that Alexander’s case is one of the most serious cases any doctor has seen. 

It seems as though the original goal of e-cigarettes has morphed into an addiction most teens appear to have today. Whereas e-cigarettes were originally marketed as a device to help quit smoking, they have become the latest trend in teens. The huge variety of flavors and easy access make it only more “inviting” to underage users. 

This problem persists in many high schools across the US, including Mead High School. The administration team has implemented new rules when it comes to being caught vaping on school property.

Getting caught with any vape-device results in an automatic one day out of school suspension. 

For a full list of the rules, check out the code of conduct tab under “About” on the MHS website, or click here

The risk of vaping is not always a concern to the users, but to parents and doctors, it means everything. A lot of attention has been brought to vaping problems with teens, but teens may not be getting the message because the decline has yet to be recorded in recent statistics.