Peer Pressure in Teen Vaping

The popularity of Juuling and other types of vape has increased over the past couple of years. According to drugabuse.gov “America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017. ”In all, the researchers found, the rise amounted to 1.3 million more highschool vapers in 2018 than in 2017. Not only is it illegal for kids to be smoking and vaping at such a young age, but it’s very unhealthy to the growing and developing brain and lungs of a teenager. “Eleven percent of high school seniors, 8 percent of 10th-graders, and 3.5 percent of eighth-graders reported vaping with nic- otine in a one month period,” according to a national survey re- leased from the University of Michigan late last year.


Many interviews and articles that I’ve looked at and read about over the past couple of months say that one of the main reasons that so many teens vape and smoke is because it was available by a friend. Another reason why a lot of teens vape is because their friends were doing it around them. If they don’t ask you if you want to do it with them, it's necessarily considered unspoken peer pressure. This is where you feel pressured, not because they asked you, but because you feel left out, or feel like you’re obli- gated to do something because the people around you are doing it. This type of peer pressure is especially hard to fight. According to www.thecoolspot.gov, “instead ofstanding up to a friend, you’re standing up to how you feel inside.” Some ways to resist this is to tell them that you don’t like what they’re doing and tell them how bad it is for their own body and those around them. Coming from a teen that has been peer pressured and offered to vape, it was hard to say no but I owned up to what I believed what was right. These are the steps that I took to say no. You might loose a friend like I did, or even feel left out but don’t give in because if they were your friends they would have realized that you didn’t want to do it, that it made you uncomfortable, and they would’ve stopped.


Zeta, 13