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Posted By iamincontrol | November 6, 2014
On my morning homage to the local coffee house, I noticed a man standing outside on the street with a strange looking mythical pencil. At first glance, I thought this man was carrying a wand from Diagon Alley ready to cast a spell on anyone who mis-stepped. But rather than raising his wand as I neared, he put the thing to his mouth, inhaled, and let out a puff of fog. What the what?! I realized that this man was actually smoking with what I now know as an e-cigarette. I had to find out more about these half-wand/half-electronic cigarettes!
So, there is a cartridge that contains nicotine and long chemical names like, glycerin or polyethylene glycol. Both these chemicals can be found in anti-freeze, which belong in cars– not human bodies. Basically, something heats the liquid in the cartridge (often called “e-juice”) to its boiling point and that becomes vapor you can inhale. That is why smoking e-cigarettes is often called “vaping.” Remember the cheesy fog machine you had at your homecoming dance this fall? It’s the same principle.
Still, what are the effects of such wands on Muggles like us? After a deeper look, the companies that put these e-cigs out do not even tell people what’s in the e-juice. So basically that gives us about the same knowledge as ripping off the label of your mother’s favorite bathroom cleaner and saying it’s e-juice. In addition, in the first big study of e-cigs, researchers found out that e-cigs do not help people quit smoking and that the vapor has harmful effects on your lungs. So after a deeper look, e-cigs are indeed magical wands made to cast a spell on people to ensure addiction to their harmful effects.
Posted By iamincontrol | June 3, 2014
The results are in! Last month’s poll question was:
Which form of tobacco is used the most in your school?
You guys said:
- Traditional cigarettes (33%)
- E-cigarettes (0%)
- Chewing tobacco (33%)
- Other (i.e. cigars, Orbs, etc.) (0%)
- No one uses tobacco, it’s pot (33%)
Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. Putting smoke in your body isn’t a good idea no matter what’s burning. Sucking (chewing) on tobacco isn’t a great idea either. If you’re between 14 and 25, you also know that “Big Tobacco” is a bunch of companies that make tobacco, and they are big fat liars. They’ve lied to people for like a billion years so that people would smoke/chew, get addicted, and then the companies would make money. So what is Big Tobacco doing now to make their money? Let’s find out.
First, they are still selling cigarettes and chew. They may say now that tobacco isn’t safe, but they aren’t removing all their “killer” products from the shelves (just go down to your local gas station if you don’t believe me). What they’re doing now is trying to get you addicted to their ‘new’ products so they can continue to take your money. Let’s look at a few examples and see where the truth lies. Then you can decide for yourself if jumping into using tobacco is really as great as Big Tobacco says it is.
Posted By iamincontrol | January 7, 2014
Are e-cigarettes safe to use?
- Yes, definitely. (25%)
- No, they are addictive. (50%)
- Not sure. (25%)
Answers are pretty across the board, so let’s get the facts. Turns out e-cigarettes are not safe to use. Despite that, did you know that in one year, the use of e-cigarettes (aka electronic cigarettes) has doubled in teens? In 2012, 10% of high school students surveyed said they used e-cigarettes, compared to 4.7% in 2011. Seriously, 1 in every 10 students is using e-cigarettes? What gives?
Maybe it seems like they’re a safe alternative to regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine to your system in vapor form instead of inhaling the smoke from tobacco.
So why aren’t e-cigarettes safe?
- Even though e-cigarettes are said to generally contain fewer toxins than traditional cigarettes, they are still delivering toxins into your system. The amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes can be as much or higher than the amount of nicotine in regular cigarettes. They are still addictive.
- Since they don’t contain tobacco, e-cigarettes are not regulated by the government. That means that manufacturers can put whatever they want into the e-cigarettes – more or less nicotine, along with other chemicals.
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Posted By iamincontrol | November 7, 2013
So you may have heard of this site, www.abovetheinfluence.com, but have you actually used it?
Here’s a preview of why we love it…
It’s not just about an adult telling you what to do (or not do). Above the Influence is about other teens sharing their experiences with you and sharing why they choose to remain substance free. Check out their YouTube channel to watch stories from other teens, like this one:
Posted By iamincontrol | September 5, 2013
Hookah? How do you even pronounce it? What is it? Hookahs (hook·ah) are water pipes used to smoke tobacco in a variety of flavors. Hookahs have been used in the Middle East for centuries, but have become very popular in the United States recently. There is a myth that it is safe to smoke hookah because a person uses a water pipe and the water “cleans” out the harmful chemicals. FALSE! A person smoking hookah is breathing in the same harmful chemicals as a cigarette smoker, but at a much greater rate because of the higher rate of toxins. In addition the charcoal used to heat tobacco in the hookah increases the health risks by producing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals.
Hookah smokers have the same health risks as cigarette users such as: oral cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, cancer of the esophagus, reduced lung function and decreased fertility. Also, because there is nicotine in hookah, there is the potential for addiction. The mouthpiece of the hookah pipe is shared between multiple users which increases the risk for herpes, influenza and other infectious diseases.
Posted By iamincontrol | January 3, 2013
Is tobacco use socially acceptable among high school students?
Here’s what one Iowa high school student thinks…
“As a student in high school, I feel as if every recurring school year, tobacco use is becoming more popular (mostly in males). As a junior in high school I am taking Heath II, and recently we discussed in large about smoking and tobacco use. I have been involved with youth against tobacco since middle school, but I learned a lot I didn’t know already know during this Health II class. As I learned so many things I didn’t know, I became more “disgusted” and frightened with the idea of all the things that could be harmful to my classmates involved with tobacco. Going through these lessons in Health, I knew many friends in the class who were users of tobacco, and I thought to myself that this could finally be the key to getting through to those who used tobacco – showing them all the harmful things that could or was happening to them! (Especially from a teacher and not just a group of kids.) I soon learned that it was likely not working. They still thought it “wouldn’t happen to them” and that using tobacco was okay. In my mind set, if that didn’t get through to them what would?! How did using tobacco become so normal? And why is it acceptable for high school students?”
Does it feel like this at your school too? Share this on your Facebook wall or Twitter feed and see what your friends think!
Posted By iamincontrol | January 3, 2013
Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. But if you do it, you will feel so much more free and healthy. When you smoke, it’s an addiction, and that means you have less control over your actions. Your brain tells you that you always need another cigarette or other form of tobacco. You may have tried to quit before, and maybe it didn’t work. Here are some reasons to try again.
Posted By iamincontrol | December 6, 2012
A sparkling smile is one of your best features, so don’t let smoking dull your pearly whites.
You may not have been taught about how smoking affects your health and your smile right away, so you might not have thought about it that much. You’ve probably been told that smoking increases your chance for lung cancer, stroke, and emphysema in the long run. But you should know, smoking is changing your appearance and health right now too. Here are some of the things that are already happening.