Blog 5

Michael Bazarevitsch 

Professor Whitney James  

Implicit Arguments  

October 17, 2019  

Blog 5 

This CNN report follows the stories of college students and their connection with vaping. Most of them acquired addictions from persistent usage and started using these devices at a young age. This article also discusses how Juul was meant for the transition from cigarette smoking to be a non-smoker. In contrast, Juuling addictions are a rising concern, especially in schools. Since many of these vaping devices are new, there are no long-term studies. The permanent outcomes that may result from using these devices is unknown and the warnings that are labeled on each device are usually ignored. This article shows powerful imagery of the students who have been victimized by their addictions. They appear to be normal college-age individuals, but each of them carries a unique story. I plan on using this hidden aspect in my visual argument.  

“The ease of vaping, compared to lighting up a joint, made it more addicting for her, and she could feel her concentration going down from using it so often. She finished her last THC cartridge last week and has gone back to smoking ‘good, old, regular weed,’ she said.” – Laura Kesnig (21 years old) (Levenson). 

“’I was non-stop Juuling up a storm’: 10 college students on their vaping addictions”

This article written by Jennifer See depicts the possible dangers of vaping. In each of these articles I selected, large images of smoking devices, smoke, or college-age students are used to draw one’s interest and emotion to each article. The E-Cigarette market is claimed to be a $3.5 million industry that originated in 2014 where manufacturers spent $125 million in advertising for these devices. The advertising campaigns have been criticized by many activists against smoking and have led to many lawsuits. Some of these advertising campaigns have been said to target younger and younger generations, hopefully contributing to the economic benefits for these companies. I plan on using the sly aspects of these advertising campaigns in my final project.  

“According to the latest report of the Surgeon General, e-cigarette use among youth and young adults has become a public health concern. The American College Health Association’s spring 2017 survey showed the percentage of college students with admitted use of e-cigarettes at nearly 10%. The CDC reported that 7.1 percent of college-aged individuals used vapes in 2015 — and this number rose to roughly 16 percent in 2016” (See). 

“The Dangers of Vaping” 

This article discusses how there is a nationwide ban on all college campuses for smoking, yet smoking levels are the highest they have been in three decades. Vaping marijuana also doubled between 2017 and 2018. About six percent of students had claimed that they use marijuana daily. The use of marijuana has also been tied to poor grades and the increased possibility of dropping out of school. I plan on using these correlations between performance and smoking in my project.  

“At least 450 patients in 33 states have been treated for a life-threatening illness linked to vaping as of last week. And three people have died from severe lung infections believed to be caused by vaping in Oregon, Illinois and Indiana. The victim in Oregon was otherwise healthy but became ill quickly, according to reports from physicians who treated this person” (Bauer-Wolf). 

“Record High Marijana Use and Vaping”