Bro, do you vape?

Opinion by Hannah Carnes

HANNAH

Hannah Carnes

With the fast growing phenomenon of vape pens in our culture,  there isn’t a place you can’t go without seeing a person trying to look cool vaping, strutting their stuff around campus.

Vape pens are the new hip thing that everyone who uses them thinks is “the shit.” Without inhaling all of the toxins in a traditional cigarette, vape pens are the new and improved alternatives to smoking cigarettes.

As I look around at my fellow classmates, I can’t help but cringe when I see a massive cloud come out of someone’s mouth after exhaling the vapor. I can admit that some of the things you can do with the smoke, like making the cliché “O” and twirling smoke around can be pretty fun, but seriously it can get old.

In 2008, when the vape pens were first introduced as a safer and better alternative to smoking, they reluctantly forgot to mention some malfunctions that have happened.

Most consumers don’t know is that vape pens have an ingredient called propylene glycol in them which is used to give you thicker clouds to do all of those “fancy” smoke tricks with, but when heated at high temperatures it can convert into toxic nanoparticles wreaking havoc on your respiratory organs. Propylene glycol is also found in antifreeze. So, saying that vaping is a healthy smoking option is not entirely true.

Vape pens seem to be a little healthier for you than the real thing, but what happens when one of those little suckers blows up in your face? I’ve heard of many incidents of vape pens blowing up in people’s faces, leaving scars and a lot of damage.

While most users of the vape pen use it as an alternative way to satisfy their nicotine addiction, there are others that just use vaping for the taste of the many flavors that are offered.

This is something I may never understand, but is it really necessary to inhale something into your lungs for just the flavor and hype of it all? Why wouldn’t you just eat something that tastes like the flavor you want?

Inhaling something into your body as a dubiously healthier alternative to cigarettes seems reckless and self destructive.

Being such a new product without all of the unknowns, they still seem to be very popular and they are sadly still gaining in popularity.

Facebook and Instagram have been flooded with videos, photos and even memes about vaping.

This seems to be something that will not go away for some time now. Everywhere I seem to be, there is nothing but vape pens around or people asking the one question that makes me want to rip the hair out of my head, “Bro, do you vape?”

There must be something else coming that will be the new hype around campus and hopefully it comes soon because quite frankly bro, vaping is not cool.

Editor’s Note: Though there have been some scientific studies done on the health impacts of vaping and the inhalation of propylene glycol, there is not yet a conclusive body of evidence for or against its safety. Readers who wish to know more can check out these links: How safe is your vape pen?, Propylene glycol toxicity, Propylene glycol toxicity profile, Electronic cigarette fires and explosions, Vaping may harm the lungs, Vaping really isn’t as harmful for your cells as smoking, Vaping: e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public Health England.

Author: Hannah Carnes

75 Responses to "Bro, do you vape?"

  1. bob Vapor  January 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

    You are very misinformed.

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  2. Connor  January 28, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Wow, no references, misinformation everywhere.

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  3. Ray  January 28, 2016 at 10:09 am

    If I may, I have some constructive criticism. Some actual research prior to releasing an article would be fantastic.

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  4. Andy  January 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Really, the antifreeze again?? You should inform yourself a little bit about the uses of Propylene Glycol. PG is used as a carrier of ingredients (flavors in this case). PG is also used as a carrier of medicine in asthma inhalers. Mind = Blown

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  5. Petey Pablo  January 28, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Couple things. VapeBro’s are douche’s. Yes. Most people though, use ecigs to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. They aren’t trying to “look cool”. If you vape, having never smoked I would have to agree that you’re kinda stupid.
    Propylene Glycol is not what makes thicker clouds. Vegetable Glycerin does. Pg is only used as a flavor carrier for the most part these days. It’s also used in the non-toxic antifreeze. It’s what makes it safe. They also pump it through hospitals hvac systems.
    Do some research before you start spouting off your “opinion” Also, start chewing on some wood.

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  6. John  January 28, 2016 at 10:14 am

    You need a fact checker, along with new sources for his utter bullshit.

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  7. Earl Dopple  January 28, 2016 at 10:38 am

    You seem like the type of person that would be upset about automobiles replacing horses as the main mode of transportation back in the early 1900’s. You would say things like, “They run on petrol so they can explode! Horses are so much safer”, or “cars go so much faster, how can this be a better alternative? People can get hurt.”

    It sounds like you don’t smoke and you certainly don’t vape, so why don’t you just keep your misguided and un-educated opinion to yourself next time? Nothing is good for you in this world, including smoking, vaping, eating, walking, etc. If you go through life worrying about every little thing that’s going to hurt you, you’re in for a bad time.

    Now go back to your safe space and take some deep breaths before you wander out into the real world again.

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    • Mattie  January 29, 2016 at 10:12 am

      @Earl Dopple. Do you see clouds of smoke coming out of horses? You can argue both sides of your statement. So therefore your comment/critique is irrelevant.

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  8. Jeremy  January 28, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Funny but I vaped to quit smoking cigarettes that have been PROVEN to be toxic. Also mishandling of any high drain battery can result in “incidents of vape pens blowing up in people’s faces” 10 out of 10 times when this happens it is due to user error. But cool for you, have fun in college.

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  9. Yendys WV  January 28, 2016 at 10:44 am

    First of all, opinion or not, this should never have gotten past a responsible editor. To that end, I hope this is the result of needing to turn something in at the last minute.

    The spread of misinformation in this regard is dangerous regardless of the topic and you ma’mn have taken the cake with your stunning lack of research. They may have failed to address this in your English class — information taken from clickbait ads are NOT source materials.

    Here is what you might have found had you responsibly done some research:

    A) Vegetable Glycerine is “what makes the clouds” not PG. You are right, PG is an ingredient in Antifreeze. So is water. Better stop drinking water, right?

    B) Nanoparticles? Are you serious? Give me one example of a nanoparticle please otherwise stop using “fun” words to attempt to glorify your prose.

    C) High temperature: There was a study that showed this. It has since been retracted as the temperatures necessary to create these evil chemicals would frankly be unbearable by a vapor.

    D) Studies in the UK have shown that E-Cigs are safer then traditional cigarettes by a magnitude of 100. They are now a perscribeable cessation method.

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  10. Melosh  January 28, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Congrats on your first attempt at journalism. D+

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  11. Stefen Grey  January 28, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I can’t wait until you have to write an actual research paper. Your writing is juvenile and sources non-existent. This is terrible.

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  12. No One Claims This is An Actual Newspaper...  January 28, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Guys this is obviously a student news publication, cut them some slack. She’s just a kid! It’s her editor’s fault if anything.

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  13. USMC0311  January 28, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I don’t care how amateur of a publication this is, it took me less than 10 minutes on google to show that this opinion piece was not backed by any real research. The basic tenet of being a journalist period is to actually take some time to research one’s claims before they are spewed out in some tripe opinion piece.

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  14. No One Claims This is An Actual Newspaper...  January 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

    If you are pro vaping / anti cig then this article is a big help bc it paints the opposition in a big coat of high gloss idiocy.

    It does say “opinion” real big at the top and it’s presented in such an amateur fashion that it’s like selling your enemy blank ammunition.

    Can you imagine if anyone used this in a debate? Llol

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  15. Tom  January 28, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I think if you’re trying to go into journalism with this article, you’re going to have a bad time. You have no sources whatsoever backing up your claims. You also seem to forget that commas are important. If you have actually did some research, instead of using your personal opinions, this article may have been alright. But, to deliver an article that is not meant to be a blog post, you’ve done a great disservice to a community that is actually trying to quit smoking. Your witty words mean nothing because you obviously have no idea what pg does. Please go back to community college and take English again. Hopefully, they will teach you how to cite properly.

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    • Jeff  January 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Actually check out most of the major pubs these days, they do the same shit she does so yeah…

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  16. Gianna Michaels  January 28, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    e-cigarettes give smokers a way to stop inhaling smoke and start inhaling vapor. that is all

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  17. pooface  January 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Pro Tip: Don’t turn a meme into an article. Pro Tip #2: Spend more then 10 minutes on things that have your name on it.

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  18. Jeff  January 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Sweeping overblown and incorrect examples, misinformation, no fact checking, complete garbage writing…yeah you’ll be writing for the New York Times in a few years, you’ll fit right in

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  19. purlnecklace  January 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I’m not even going to go into the factual misstatements, but I would encourage you to pursue a career which doesn’t involve writing, unless you’re going to write children’s books. This piece reads like a 5th grade essay where the kids are asked to write something persuasive. And even in 5th grade, this bit of writing would be worth a C+ at best. I hope you’re good at math. Best of luck in the real world!

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  20. Diego  January 28, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    you know what else is found in anti freeze? WATER. the fact that you think Propylene glycol makes bigger clouds proves that you know nothing about vaping. As for ecigs blowing up in your face that usually only happens when the user doesnt excercise proper battery safety and shorts the battery himself. And either way its not a common occurence . how many fires have been started by cigarettes?? You sound like a bad after school special. FYI calling them vape pens tell anyone who vapes that you dont know anything about valung outside of the BS you are parroting in your article

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  21. Robert  January 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I should stop vaping I didn’t know that PG is in antifreeze you know what else is in antifreeze? Water I should probably stop drinking water too.

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  22. James  January 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    PG Was put into Anti-freeze as SAFE NON-TOXIC SUBSTITUTE for the previously used Ethely Glycol, which resulted in kid’s dying when drinking it because of the sweet smell. You and all these other pseudo-journalist regressive bloggers are part of the problem with misinformation in the world.

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  23. Derek Cromwell  January 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Bro, I do vape. So does my wife. As a 35 year old with kids I’ve tried virtually every other commercial product to try to quit smoking including going cold turkey. The only thing that worked was vaping. My wife and I made the switch the same day and never looked back.

    Not only did vaping help me quit smoking, it changed my professional life as well. With years of marketing under my belt I joined a start up eliquid manufacturer as their Director of Marketing. It has been an amazing experience helping so many other people achieve the same thing I did. Every day I get to see the positive benefits of vaping and how it impacts the lives of those who make a switch.

    I know you look around campus and feel overwhelmed by all these people trying to look cool, but rest easy. One day when you get graduate and join the world as an adult your sphere of influence will expand. You’ll be able to look outside of the bubble filled with college kids and see that the world is a bigger place, filled with real people. People who don’t define themselves by “the next hyped thing”.

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  24. Hans  January 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Ok, the online bullying needs to stop. Yes there is some significant information in this article that needs more research. But bullying a student who clearly has had poor management by the staff that did not promote proper research and use of personal attacks against the author as a person is not fair to her. Comments about citing sources and doing proper research before posting are one thing, but it doesn’t matter who it is or what incorrect information is posted, online bullying or any kind of bullying should not be tolerated and as a community this is not the face that we want to show the public. If you want to act like the vape bro type person that she is describing, go to a B&M, if you want to better the community, keep your personal attacks to yourself and discuss the information.

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  25. tara  January 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Ignorant article. I’m almost embarrassed for you. Next time a little more research would not be amiss. And by the way I vape because it helped me kick a 2 pack a day/20 year nasty cigarette habit, not to look cool.

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  26. Gram  January 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Terribly ignorant. Next time, do a bit of research before you run your mouth and make yourself look like a fool.

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  27. wooooooooooooooooooolad  January 28, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Do your research :D

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  28. Sadra AgirlNamedkani  January 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    What a load lol. I hope she revises this mess for the sake of her own reputation. This doesn’t even remotely resemble what’s known as journalism. Christopher hitches would shit his pants after reading a line of this awe-inspiring pile of shit. I am not talking about the author as a person, i am merely describing her “work” so save it. why bother writing about this when you know next to nothing about it? to be honest, you should just take it down. It’s just so poorly written I wouldn’t know what to change besides the whole thing.

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  29. Stanley Glantz  January 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    If you’re going to slam someone, at least use facts to back up your argument. This op-ed contains virtually none. Is this what they teach at MSU Denver?

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  30. HamDuJour  January 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Thank god you live in a free country where they allow people to form their own opinions (however stupid and un-informed they are). This is like B.O.B saying the earth is flat…

    One would think you’d have more resources available seeing as you’re at a university.

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  31. michikowski  January 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I really hope you’re not thinking of going into journalism when you grow up; If you are, you probably want to learn how to use a comma, what a run-on sentence is, and how to do proper research. I’ve read a lot of trash articles filled with misinformation an obvious agenda, but at least they were well written! Your extremely loose grasp of the English language hints (no, points and screams) at your lack of credibility as a “journalist” and as a human being. At least we can all feel safe knowing that you do not have a future in writing and thus, will not have to read your pathetic drivel ever again.

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  32. mike  January 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    You should be ashamed of this unsupported and factually inaccurate post.

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  33. Will  January 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol these days. Propylene glycol used to be in antifreeze, but it was too sweet. There was a danger to children because of how sweet it was. Propylene glycol was then used as an antiseptic in hospitals, and exists in the majority of vaccines you’re given. It’s recognized as incredibly safe for food consumption, since it is put in food to keep it fresh.

    You’re incredibly misinformed. A little research would help.

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  34. Steve  January 28, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQCU36pkH7c

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  35. AndyG  January 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    You sound so clueless, why not do a little research on the topic before you write about it? I mean if you ever want to be taken seriously as an aspiring journalist, unless you don’t care about that and all you care about is being an uninformed gas bag.

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  36. mkopec1  January 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    3 yrs cigarette free right here folks, thanks to this safer alternative. Ive tried everything in the past to quit, none have worked until I discovered vaping. Now im cough free, wheezing free, feel better.

    You sound bitter, like these people are doing it to be cool, some might be, ill give you that, but Id rather have people around me blowing harmless vapor around than the smelly disgusting alternative.

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  37. Carli  January 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I’m not too sure why everyone is getting upset at the author. This article is an opinion piece, not a news article. No evidence or support is needed in an opinion piece. It is a reflection of pure interpretation from more than one source. The reality is, this article is a view that many people share. Your stabbing and bullying only amplifies that image. In college we all learned how to present facts to support, defend, or reject a theory. Use that intelligence instead of slander. Have some respect please.

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  38. USMC0311  January 28, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    “In college we all learned how to present facts to support, defend, or reject a theory”

    Too bad the author couldn’t be bothered doing basic research to support her opinion.

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  39. Andrew  January 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    @Carli So you’re telling me that if I wrote an opinion piece saying Cigarettes are proven to be healthier than just breathing regular air that I would not be informed I was in fact, wrong. There are definitely some in here that are just being assholes, which is not okay, however, many of us just want the truth out there and to stop the fearmongering. If you want to write an anti vaping article more power to you, freedom of speech, but when you do so make sure you at least have your facts correct. And to argue your last point, what facts or sources was she using. Oh wait, there aren’t any. You show me proof and I’ll eat my words.

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  40. Greg  January 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Having the opinion against vape bro’s is not the issue. If you were to pole the vape community you would probably get a lot that are in agreements. Those people that do it obnoxiously where ever they choose without any consideration to the people around them frustrate not only non-vapors but also annoy us vapors that are considerate. The issue is when you start stating facts that are not true. I have no issue with who you are and I disagree with putting the people that put down in any way. No one should resort to bullying. Hopefully next time you will do some more research on the “facts” that you do try to introduce as being factual. Like PG is a poison when it is used in asthma inhalers or PG is what gives you the clouds. Or that vape pens are what is exploding when it is usually a mech mod with either not the right tank/rda or faulty batteries themselves. But good for you for writing a piece on a controversial subject. You opinion is it is not a healthy alternative to smoking and well time will tell but I disagree with you and feel the medical world will prove it over time. Smoke free since Thanksgiving 2015 thanks to vaping and healthier for it.

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  41. Brian  January 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Apparently what I wrote was far too long for comments here? So I pastebin’d it :)

    http://pastebin.com/D1aqLQF1

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  42. Ryan  January 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Not knowing the facts is fine. Pretending you do, is not.

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  43. FooBerino  January 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I thought vaping was out long enough to provide enough information about the truth. If your someone who really dislikes vaping and just wants any excuse to talk bad about those who vape, you are definitely reading the right article. If you are looking for facts with sources and good quality information, don’t read this lmfao!

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  44. Beebe  January 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Wow

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  45. K  January 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    This is sad.

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  46. Eric  January 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Thank god this is titled as an opinion, because it is rife with inaccuracy.

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  47. Ableton Pro  January 28, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I’m normally an average asshole, but your opinion makes me want to punch kittens. I like kittens.

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  48. Phil La Gala  January 28, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    As soon as you said “vape pen” I knew nothing accurate was going to follow. Same type of person who calls pot “dope”

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  49. Maestro  January 28, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    You should just shut it Hannah. You should’t write about things you don’t even know a thing about.

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  50. Marta Molina  January 28, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    all the butthurt neckbeards commenting…omg

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  51. Chris  January 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I will say this much, amid MSU: Denver taught you to write this massive sack of lies I would personally ask for a refund.

    First off if you want to be taken seriously as a journalist, you might want to cite these so called “studies” you reference. Especially the PG reference with toxicity, since PG is in a number of inhalants and medicines.

    Secondly your opinion sucks because you have no idea what you are talking about.

    Sorry, but get a grip.

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  52. FutureEnglishEducator  January 28, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Hello Hannah,

    Your writing is actually pretty good. I enjoy the way you write and you could have a future in journalism, if you wish to pursue that as a career.

    With that said, and as most of the above comments mention, you truly do need to conduct more research before publishing an article (even for an opinion piece). Your argument relies upon generalization and a straw man, both of which are considered “logical fallacies.”

    Electronic cigarettes have helped many people quit smoking. Arguing against their use is arguing against a treatment for an addiction that causes “more than 480,000 deaths annually” (CDC 2015).

    While I concede that some members of the vape culture are inconsiderate and irresponsible, the vast majority of people who use electronic cigarettes do so for smoking cessation.

    In Great Britain, the organization Action on Smoking and Health reports, “Nearly two out of five users are ex-smokers and three out of five are current smokers,” and also, “The main reason given for use by smokers who currently use electronic cigarettes is to reduce the amount they smoke while ex-smokers report using electronic cigarettes to help them stop smoking” (2015).

    You’ve certainly succeeded in creating an article that has aroused public interest, so good job on that! I’m not sure it’s the kind of publicity you wanted, though. Try to be more thorough next time and anticipate your audience.

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  53. Tyler  January 28, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    You should have done better research. I will be more then happy to talk with you about the other side of this argument, calmly and honestly.

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  54. VAPORMARK  January 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I smoked for 39 years until I started vaping, I’m feeling healthier now. The pro-vaping comments are coming down on you pretty hard. There is a lot more to vaping than your article covers.

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  55. Ryan Re  January 28, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Hmm, I was convinced vaping is safer than smoking when I read Public Health England’s evidence review of a bunch of medical journal studies, which concluded e-cigarettes 95% safer than tobacco, but this fine piece of journalism based on facebook clickbait stories has changed my mind.

    Also, since water is an ingredient in antifreeze too, I’m gonna have to avoid it now too.

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  56. Critics Critic  January 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    First off, if you’re one of the people commenting on this writers appearance you automatically lose all credibility with me and and you sound imbecilic.

    Second, this is clearly an opinion paper as this paper is designed to show more of her writing style and personality. She is a STUDENT and therefore she is still learning.

    Hannah i enjoyed reading this paper, please keep them coming. I look forward to reading your future articles and seeing your growth as a writer.

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  57. Matt  January 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Before you criticize maybe you should check your own capitalization errors.

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  58. A.Brown  January 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Hey Hannah I like it, you did a good job! Plus I think your cute :)

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  59. Stop Bullying  January 28, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    It’s an opinion as stated several times!!! so no there aren’t any facts duh!

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  60. Matt  January 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    What’s the definition of opinion? Maybe you should do your research

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  61. Mattie  January 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I like it Hannah!! Keep going and don’t let the haters bring you down

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  62. Brian  January 28, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Sure, an opinion is an opinion but you’re making some very broad generalizations and stating some very inaccurate facts. So in this case your article is very far from an opinion.

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  63. Chris  January 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Do some research

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  64. Bro Bro  January 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Your biggest error came before you even started. You meant to say,
    “Do you even vape, Bro?”,
    NOT
    “Bro, do you vape?”.

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  65. Chris  January 29, 2016 at 7:56 am

    That was embarrassing to read let alone be the author. There wasn’t a single thing about this that was accurate in any way. Let’s break it down:

    1. The “vape pen” doesn’t have propylene glycol (PG) in it, the juice does. And the cloud producing ingredient is not PG, it is vegetable glycerin. By the way, both of which are completely safe for human consumption. Propylene glycol is used in countless things we consume on a daily basis and has been used for inhaling in nebulizers for years.

    2. When PG is used in antifreeze in lieu of ethylene glycol, it is done so to make the antifreeze less toxic and is becoming the standard for this reason. Propylene glycol is non-toxic and thus reduces the toxicity of the antifreeze.

    3. “Why wouldn’t you just eat something that taste like the flavor you want?” Maybe the person is trying to lose weight. Maybe the person is an ex-smoker who is now vaping zero nicotine juice but you enjoy the hand to mouth sensation that still mimics smoking to keep them from going back to traditional cigarettes. Or maybe the person is an ex-smoker who is doing something a million times less harmful to themselves than inhaling combustible tobacco (me).

    4. I see very few people still using an old style vape pen these days. What you are probably encountering now is people with mods, tanks and RDAs. Especially since you mention people making massive clouds.

    5. Vape pens don’t explode. Regulated devices don’t explode. Mechanical mods can have the battery explode if the user is irresponsible and doesn’t understand how to use the device correctly but it’s rare as most vapers are responsible enough to do their research before using such a device.

    6. The toxic chemicals “wreaking havoc on your respiratory organs” are only present at extremely high voltages that cause something in the tank to start breaking down. You would know well before getting to this point that you were taking things too far with your voltage as vaping at a voltage that would be dangerous to your health would also be nearly impossible. The taste and burning would be so bad you would immediately know you did something wrong.

    The next time you do a piece like this, you really, really, really need to do your research first. There are countless studies out there (especially done in the UK) that show data on how much less harmful vaping is vs. smoking. There is no excuse for putting something so irresponsible out there when this is an industry saving countless lives that is fighting a daily battle against government and big tobacco.

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  66. Mattie  January 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

    @Earl Dopple. Do you see clouds of smoke coming out of horses? You can argue both sides of your statement. So therefore your comment/critique is irrelevant.

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  67. Joe  January 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Very ignorant. I see you judge people so quick. I also see that you have been fallen a victim of Big Tobacco companies’ fearmongering strategy due to billions of revenue they are losing over people switching to vaping. Government might not even help us vapers because they are also losing big chunk of tax from those giant Big Tobacco companies.

    I understand. Those instagram pictures of half naked females holding a ejuice bottle or a vape or those duchebags that call themselves “vape bros” could possibly be viewed as obnoxious. I agree with you on that part but, guess what? That’s instagram for you. That’s what social medias show us these days.You are generalizing that every vapers are like those “vape bros.”

    Seriously, though. If you have any family member who still smokes, you might want to recommend a simple vape to try to quit smoking. It’d be much better than trying other smoke cessation methods such as Chantix. Google ‘Chantix side effect’ to learn more then you might change your view to vaping and write your opinion piece about why other smoke cessation aids usually fail or how Chantix could kill people.

    Fairwell.

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  68. Stop Bullying  January 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    @Joe did you know that tobacco companies are making vape pens? They aren’t losing any money. Clearly you need to do research!

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  69. Daniel  January 30, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Nope vaping is not cool…. I agree it’s the main reason for a lot of bros trying it, without quitting cigarets, which is supposed to be the main reason. This vaping devices may need more research about how it can affect the body, which some commentators brag about like if they’ve done all the study for it. BUT why force toxic water into your lungs and pretend it won’t affect you at all. I don’t think tobacco companies worry about healthy lungs, they’re only looking for ways to make money.

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  70. Benjiman Miller  January 30, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Defending this for being an ‘opinion piece’ is like if I wrote a slanderous and fear-mongering article (without including any verified facts, doing any in-depth research, and presenting an extremely biased and one-sided ‘opinion’) about how the withdrawal from quitting heroin could kill you and fry your brain, so it’s safer to just keep using heroin and all harm reduction efforts should cease.

    This isn’t ANY kind of journalism. Nice effort at using fun adjectives, though. Also, you pissed off a lotta people- grats on going semi-viral and hi from New York.

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  71. Benjiman Miller  January 30, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Sorry I just gotta point this out- “There must be something else coming that will be the new hype around campus and hopefully it comes soon because quite frankly bro, vaping is not cool.”

    You need to think about things in relation to the WHOLE WORLD, not just the fishbowl of your campus. The sooner you learn that the better.

    Also, for real, research both sides of EVERY issue you intend to present. Half-assed google searches allow those who read your article to come up with verified studies that prove your opinion completely uncredible (ex: Propylene Glycol is found in many cigarette brands and in other consumable items, and is much more harmful when smoked).

    Devices that explode and cause injury are almost always a result of user error. Most modern commercially-available devices have built-in short and leaking protection, are durably constructed, and do NOT require the user to modify their coils or battery. Users who try and modify their device without knowing how to do it properly are the ones who cause severe malfunctions and put themselves in physical danger.

    Here’s another fun fact- ‘secondhand vapor’ has a nearly nonexistent effect on those who breathe it in, as opposed to secondhand smoke which is as cancerous and damaging to the respiratory system as smoking your own cigarettes.

    PS. Here’s my *opinion* as a recent vape convert who was raised by smokers and smoked a pack/day since age 13- Vaping should replace smoking as a societal habit as the studies done so far have been conclusive enough to show that vaping, done properly, is OVERWHELMINGLY safer than smoking cigarettes.

    I also think that non-smokers who pick up vaping are just as stupid as this article. If you don’t smoke, don’t start vaping. It’s not worth ending up with the nicotine crutch, and you WILL pay for it eventually. If college is really that boring/unpleasant/unfulfilling to you (you, the ‘vape bro’) that you need to pick up a life-altering habit to get through it, I might suggest you take up running or dancing, or make some art.

    ..God, I wrote a better article than you over morning coffee and i’m a dropout..

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  72. Anonymous  February 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Ben Miller you sound like a drop out. Next time you comment make sure you understand that this article is not meant for a discussion it is an opinion piece. She was not trying to relate to the whole world she was just relating to campus. And I bet that every article anyone read on this topic was not the complete truth. People are most likely getting sources from .com articles.I bet that the research and studies done were funded by the vape companies themselves or tobacco companies. Plus, how do you know there has been enough research done on this product to be sure there are no long term health issues? Its a newer product so I seriously doubt anyone knows the true effects it has on consumers.

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