The fading vape culture

Even though Cal State Long Beach forbids the use of tobacco and vaporizers on campus, students and faculty are still trying to find places to sate their craving. Isabella Lanza, assistant professor of human development, attempts to find why they do it. Lanza created the Risky Health Among Adolescents and Young Adults lab in 2015 to study co-occurring health risks such as obesity and substance use in adolescence and young adults. Researchers at the lab tackle these topics through studying health risks among populations. Last year, the lab conducted a yearlong study on campus which focused on behaviors that increased health-risks including the act of “vaping.” They set up a table and surveyed 500 undergraduate students. Although vaporizers contain less chemicals and don’t involve inhaling smoke, the devices still use nicotine, a highly addictive chemical. Lanza found that, in 2016, 40 percent of undergraduates had tried using a vaporizer. According to Lanza, the study was one of the first that included an ethnically diverse college population. Her results suggested that vaping was normative by that time. "We found that there were no ethnic differences across students on vaping use, so that was really interesting," she said. "There was also no

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E-cigarettes contain cancer causing and other harmful chemicals

Purple, black, blue, shimmery orange and hot pink – you can choose the most fashionable style of e-cigarette at any of the 10 different local shops here in Long Beach or some 200 shops nation-wide. You can choose, but you really shouldn’t because new scientific studies indicate that these “cancer-free cigarettes” aren’t free of cancer at all. “E-cigarettes represent a new public health challenge and threaten to undo and reverse the progress we’ve made by renormalizing smoking behavior,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, health officer and director of the California Public Health Department, according to the SF Gate. He said they also contain another 10 chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive problems. The aerosol produced by vaporizers can have up to 15-times more carcinogenic formaldehyde than regular cigarettes, according to a peer-reviewed study in the New England Journal of Medicine last month. The Department of Public Health has said that young people and teenagers are particularly vulnerable to the e-cigarettes, the ads for which often falsely claim that they are safe, that they help people quit smoking and that they do not cause cancer. At least 10 percent of U.S. high school students use a vaporizer, according to

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