Health risks of vaping
About 37% of 12th graders reported vaping in 2018, compared with 28% in 2017. This increase has been a continuing trend for well over a decade due to the increased use of vapes as a safe alternative to smoking. But evidence from numerous studies on vaping; and teen vaping specifically, have shown it is not risk free. E-cigarette use has been strongly linked to other drug use, with 60% of E-cigarette users using some other form of tobacco, and E-cigarette users having an increased chance of tobacco use in the future. Even without these risks, E-cigarette use on it’s own is not safe. So far, 64 people have died due to vape related lung diseases, and thousands more have been hospitalized for lung and throat injuries. high-school students are at higher risk of vape-related injury because they are too young to buy legitimate vapes, and will therefore be more likely to purchase “Black Market” vapes that are more dangerous to their health because they are unregulated. One of the most common vapes in this high-school is a “Puff Bar”, a disposable E-cigarette that contains 200 puffs, they come in many flavors, and can have as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes. Many users are attracted to vapes by their variety of flavors and become addicted because of the nicotine most vapes contain. It’s long term effects are relatively unknown, and it is not as risk free as commonly thought. The bottom line is, while vaping may be safer than smoking cigarettes, it is certainly not good for you, and can be just as addictive as other tobacco products.
A reporters account of how phone use affects students
Phone use in school comes with big risks and dangers. Looking around in school people use their phones a lot in and out of class. I've done research on how phones affect academics. This is an ongoing problem at BHHS and people need to be informed about the effects of phone usage in school and how we can solve this problem.
Phones cause a lot of distraction in a learning environment. When looking at a screen during a lesson, one can't pay attention to what is being said. Not only does it distract the user, but it also distracts others around them. This can cause more people to become off-task. It is like the “Monkey sees, monkey does” saying. When one person is on their phone, other people see and think, “If they are doing that, I can do it too.” When multiple people are off task, it is harder for others to work and for the teacher to teach. Teachers also have a difficult time doing their job when people are on their phones. When people are looking down into their lap to try and avoid getting caught, it distracts teachers as well because they notice the phone and tend to focus on that. This makes it harder for them to focus on what they are doing. A person cannot focus on the work because they think about the stuff in their way. This applies to when teachers are trying to teach.
Blue light, which can be found on phone screens, harms the eyes and vision when looking at it for a long period of time. Blue light is a form of light rays that has powerful energy and short wavelengths. This means that the light can travel fast with more intensity. Staring at a screen for too long allows more of the blue light to travel into the eyes and cause headaches, dry eyes, and other symptoms, which causes Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain. Although this does not cause permanent damage, it does affect eyes and mental health. In kids, staring at a screen for an extended amount of time causes mental health issues, such as a short attention time, negative behavior, and a bad temper. These are not good for any learning environment. With these symptoms it becomes difficult for students to focus on work and go back to their phone because they are bored. By spending more time on a phone, it becomes an addiction that does not go to help in any way. The long term effect may not be permanent on your eyes, but it will be permanent as an addiction which will affect attention span and work ethic. No matter where a person goes in life, not having a good attention, work ethnic, or attitude, can lead to nowhere good. Without the good qualities, a person will most likely not get hired because employers look for a good attention span, work ethic, and attitude. Looking at a phone all day and in school can take these away. Even though phone usage is a problem in school, there are some solutions. First and foremost, you should take breaks off of your phone in order to give your eyes a break. Also, most kids get bored in class and don’t see what the work is going to do for them in the future. As a result they go for their phone. It is important to think of the bigger picture and where this work is going to get you. This will help you learn the importance of trying your best and doing your work in class. The work you are doing may not look like much right now but is all part of a bigger picture, a puzzle. Everything you are doing now, including work, is going to affect your future life. It’s not just the work itself but the lessons and work ethic you are getting out of it. By doing your work, it teaches you responsibility, how to work hard on anything you get, and also be willing to learn new things. These are all things employers are going to look for when they are trying to hire. If they know that you worked hard on everything you were given and tried your best in class, they are going to most likely hire you. This is because they want people that are going to do any task given to them and even learn new things. Also, having a good attitude about it and not complaining about everything. Knowing that this work is going to get you somewhere can really help you get off your phone and focus on your work. Another tip is to put your phone in your backpack and turn it off or on silent. This will not tempt you as much as if it was in your pocket. With it in your pocket you can feel it and be more tempted to get it out. However, with it in your backpack you won’t even notice it. Also, with it off or an silent you will not hear a ring and be tempted to check it.
Students talking in class is also a major issue for teachers and students, especially constant talking during class.This has a negative effect on their education, which overall affects student’s grades. Just like phone usage, when people are talking out of turn, it distracts everyone. Some reasons students talk during class are either because they don't care about what the teacher is saying, sitting by their friends, or bored on the subject. Teachers have had to discipline the students that do socialize in class by having a seating chart for the class, so they don't socialize. However, this cannot fully solve the problem unless the student cooperates as well. Self control is the main solution to solving this problem. Controlling when it is the appropriate time to talk will help keep the learning environment quiet so everyone can focus. Working together on these issues, we can create a good learning environment that will enhance everyone’s learning experiences here at BHHS.