Vaping has increasingly become a bigger and bigger problem at Laramie High School.

As soon as the “best smoking alternative” came out and became readily available to the public, high school students jumped on the chance to get one. The cheap vape stick known as a Juul, made vaping and the intake of nicotine in schools much easier to get away with.

LHS put up poster inside bathrooms as well as on the door and in the stalls, to keep students from vaping while they are at school. These posters are to show that vaping is dangerous.

“Chemistry experiments are cooler when they’re not on you,” the poster said.

Acrolein is the simplest unsaturated aldehyde. It is a colorless liquid with a piercing, acrid smell. The smell of burnt fat (as when cooking oil is heated to its smoke point) is caused by glycerol in the burning fat breaking down into acrolein.

“Vaping can expose your lungs to acrolein, which can cause irreversible damage,” the poster said.

Juul Labs is an electronic cigarette company which spun off from Pax Labs in 2017. It makes the Juul e-cigarette, which packages nicotine salts from leaf tobacco into one-time use cartridges.

Nicotine is a stimulant and potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid that is naturally produced in the nightshade family of plants and used for the treatment of tobacco use disorders as a smoking cessation aid and nicotine dependence for the relief of withdrawal symptoms.

High school students do not have the impulse control, nor can they fully control their outtakes in life. Peer pressure has become more effective than in recent years, especially when it comes to vaping.

Nicotine is at least as difficult to give up as heroin. The side effects of nicotine can affect the heart, hormones, and gastrointestinal system. Some studies suggest that nicotine may improve memory and concentration.

Many high school seniors are either 18 or older, so buying a Juul or other vaping materials is not hard at all. People that are underage can also buy vapes online without any form of identification.

A study of students from ‘Health Day’ shows that one in five high school students vape. Using this statistic, roughly 240 or more of LHS’ students vape. Adolescents that vape are four times more likely to smoke later in life.

Close to every time someone walks into one of the bathrooms in LHS there is at least one, or more, people vaping. Typically, when an individual walks into the bathroom and they smell something sweet, or fruity, someone has been vaping prior to them entering the bathroom.

To make vapes more appealing to the public, companies make vape juice and Juul pods flavored something sweet or a common taste to assure that more people will buy them. Also, when vaping at school teachers and staff cannot recognize that a student has been vaping just because they (the student them self) smell fruity. They could have just put on perfume or they could be chewing a piece of gum.

This problem is not unique to LHS, but putting up posters is one way for teachers and staff to try to stop the spread of this potentially deadly problem.