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Monday, April 16, 2018

Creative Vaping

For those of you who have no idea what vaping is, let me educate you. It's "smoking" electronic, or e-cigarettes. It's a big thing for teens and young people. In Georgia, where I live, there are Vape Shops everywhere. You can get these e-cigarettes in all kinds of flavors. That's part of what makes it attractive to these people. Unfortunately, it's not safe. There are cancer-causing chemicals in these things.

My teenage son came home from school the other day and told me about a kid who got in trouble because he was vaping. "He put the liquid in a flash-drive and smoked it," he said.

I've heard of using pipes, but not flash-drives. I looked this up online. I wanted to see if this kid was being creative, or if others were doing it, too.

What my son was talking about is called, juuling. People vape through a device that looks like a flash-drive, but it's not. It's very small. They can conceal it in their pockets, take a hit, and blow the "smoke" into their arm. Kids are doing this in the classroom.

Something else parents need to worry about!

Have you ever heard of vaping? If you are a teacher, have you had problems with this in your classrooms?

If you'd like to watch a video on it, click here.    

49 comments:

  1. That is crazy. Yes, I know what it is. My nephew vapes. Dumb.

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    1. People think they're so cool blowing smoke out their mouths. They don't realize how much they're hurting themselves.

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  2. Knew what it was, but never heard of the flash drive rip off version. Some kids need a good smack upside the head.

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    1. I didn't know about the flash drive version, either.

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  3. I actually just read an article in the last week about the dangers of vaping. Never heard of the small flash-driving smoking tool though. One of my daughter's best friends took up smoking and it breaks my heart. Glad my daughter doesn't do any of that.

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    1. I am hoping my kids won't, either. My daughter has friends that smoke. She admonishes them for it.

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  4. I saw that thing with the flash drive. On TV. I have not seen it in class. I will now be keeping an eye out. I had thought (perhaps just hoped) that smoking was on its way out. Apparently not.

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    1. I've seen more smoking in movies, too. It sounds like the tobacco industry was complaining about the bad publicity it was getting and is working with the media to get more business.

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  5. Most interesting Sherry, as a non smoker have not hearding of vaping.

    Yvonne.

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    1. You wouldn't believe all the vape shops around here!

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  6. I had an email today about vaping and addiction. First I heard of it. Someone wanted me to use the link on a website.

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    1. Kids think vaping is less harmful because it's not tobacco, but there are still bad things in it.

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  7. it is really scary what kids in America are doing these days.. you need to open up boot camps for them or something before it is too late... not that it probably isn't already :(

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    1. I wonder if vaping is showing up anywhere else in the world.

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  8. I'd heard of vaping, but the other is new to me. Sad that the industry makes it so appealing to the younger generation.

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    1. I knew about vaping, but not the juuling thing.

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  10. I was aware of vaping, but had no idea it was so popular with teens. Yikes!

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  11. This is so sad and scary! Thanks for this post Sherry and the video! Big Hugs!

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    1. I think if parents and teachers are aware of it, we might be able to stop it.

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  12. I know a few vapers but they are all former smokers (and most are firefighters). But it’s nasty.


    I have decided to consolidate my two blogs (one is more professional) as I can’t see any reason to keep working on them both. In a strange way this feels like I’m coming out of the closet as I haven’t written about my livelihood. Most of my posts from now on will be at www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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  13. School kids used to sniff glue here and now this sounds dangerous.

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    1. I think kids will always find some kind of chemical to get high on or inhale. Must be their rebellious nature.

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  14. Thanks for introducing me to something new :)

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  15. Not just young ones, people of all ages (my friends 95 year old grand-father included) are vaping here in England.

    Something that became popular when smoking was banned in all public places (vaping is allowed). There are now concerns over how damaging they may be too health and many public places have now banned them.

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    1. Common sense tells you that you can't put foreign things into your body without consequences. Unfortunately, common sense isn't so common.

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  16. Oh yes, I know about Juuls. (So dumb, in my opinion.) Two of my three older kids (both still in college) vape. I honestly don't get the craze. It causes popcorn lung, for gosh sake. I think it's just a phase they're both going through - excuse, they're stressed out because of college, etc... I hope they both stop soon. Side note: I chuckled when your son called it a flash drive. Kind of looks like one.

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    1. I told my kids about the heavy metals in vaping. I was shocked to learn that they had both tried it.

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  17. I saw it a lot in France. It's truly an ugly experience to watch. Here we are trying to rid our air of pollutants, and people are sucking in stuff like propylene glycol. Oh well, if I had a young person trying to find a career path, I'd suggest pulmonology. They're going to be in great demand.

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  18. Its such a sad and bad world out there now.

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    1. It seems to get worse. I'd hate to see what it's going to be like for my grandchildren!

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  19. ugh - yes I hear about it all the time, but I’m at the high school level. I hate it - and they think it’s not as bad as smoking. they’re clueless!

    sorry I haven’t been around in a while - hope all is well with you! I’ll be down in June for some baseball and doing an arts & crafts fair in gwinnett - maybe we can get together!

    Tara Tyler Talks

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