Mountain Echo

  • May 22Purchase chances for $1 to win a 2019 yearbook during lunch or see Mr. King.

  • May 16There are only 5 yearbooks left; see Mr. King to purchase one!

  • May 10Make sure you pay ALL fines to attend Prom and Graduation

  • May 10Prom tickets for juniors will be sold in B309 from 5/13-5/30

  • May 6Public forum for School Board Candidates on 5/7 @7 in auditorium

  • May 3Prom tickets will be sold in the media lab from 5/13-5/30

Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

By Sarah Johnson from Irvine California, United States [CC BY 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Sarah Johnson from Irvine California, United States [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Sarah Johnson from Irvine California, United States [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Miranda Wertz, Reporter

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Juuls and Suorins are the new cigarettes. Students are taking in more than one pack of cigarettes for every pod consumed, leaving teens subtly hooked and growing into an addiction overtime. What was once made to help adults stop smoking is now used by teens who have never smoked before.

Tobacco and nicotine products are not allowed on school property, leaving teens to endure withdrawal throughout the school day. Students are skipping class to vape, sneaking it in during class and even getting nurses passes to leave. As awful as it sounds, there needs to be another option. Allowing students to wear nicotine patches or chewing nicotine infused gum could help fulfill the need for the drug. Telling the students “no” only pushes kids to be sneaky and mischievous.

The school should also bring in drug and alcohol counselors once a week to help these students with their withdrawal and substance abuse. Another option would be making a drug and alcohol informational class showing the long term effects.

Studies show 72% of smokers come from lower income communities. The more education students have at a young age the less likely they are to smoke or vape when given the opportunity. By lowering smoking rates students will raise their attendance, raise their test scores, have higher college acceptance rates and be placed in the workforce.

Younger students in elementary school should be the main focus in deterring students from vaping. In the long run, everything starts with the kids. Focusing on those who haven’t started smoking is easier than fixing those who are already addicted.

About the Writer
Miranda Wertz, Reporter

I am Miranda, a student at Altoona Area High School. I'm 18 years old and enjoy sunsets, tea and dancing. My favorite style of writing is poems. I aspire...

1 Comment

One Response to “Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes”

  1. Mason Noel on December 5th, 2018 7:10 pm

    There should be a designated smoking area like there was back in the day, if kids want to smoke let them smoke in that area, why keep busting them and getting kids in trouble, clearly they’re not going to stop no matter what you’ve done do. It would be a better alternative and less reasons to have searches.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

    Opinion

    EDITORIAL: Graduation should be moved to June 8

  • Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

    Opinion

    School security: are our students safe?

  • Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

    Opinion

    “Combat Obscura” sheds light on the war in Afghanistan

  • Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

    Opinion

    School lunches: Yummy munch or stomach punch?

  • Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

    Opinion

    Research needed before taking melatonin, caffeine

  • Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

    Opinion

    Panda express.. is it worth the hype?

  • Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

    Opinion

    Add “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” to watchlist

  • Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

    Opinion

    Students should have school lunch location options

  • Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

    Opinion

    Cafeteria lacks options

  • Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes

    Opinion

    I complain, you complain, we all complain

Navigate Right
The Student News Site of Altoona Area High School
Early education needed to deter students from E cigarettes