On Using Vapes Inside Campus

img061Many smokers have been substituting cigarettes with Electronic Nicotine Delivery System, commonly known as vapes.

Vapes were first invented in China in 2003, but these started appearing in the United States around 2006. A vape is a battery-powered device that turns a liquid mix of substances called “E-liquid” into vapor so users will still feel like they are smoking. E-liquid is also normally referred to as “vape juice.”

According to Student Services OIC Dean Edna Gladys Calingacion, the Silliman University Student manual is still undergoing revision, but the Office of the President released a memorandum last 2008 on the implementation of the ‘No Smoking’ policy.

The memo states that starting summer of 2008, enrollees will sign an undertaking to “commit not to smoke in public spaces and facilities in the university, including the publicly-used toilets and rooms, and after having been warned once on a first offense, the university may require the student to physically leave the premises and be placed on suspension for the entire day.”

Despite this memorandum signing, there are Sillimanians who would smoke inside the campus. Most students interviewed by the Weekly Sillimanian (tWS) saw students using vapes from Ausejo to Oriental Hall, from the front of Luce Auditorium to dormitories. Some are even smoking inside and outside the classrooms.

Vape users inside the campus might argue that vapes will not affect their fellows because it just produce vapor and it has less or no nicotine than cigarettes. However, there is no assurance that all E-liquid or vape juice that is consumed inside the campus has no nicotine. There are various kinds of vape juice; it could be with or without nicotine.

Secondhand vapor with nicotine has the same negative effects with secondhand smoke. It is already proven that secondhand smoke causes more harm than firsthand smoke. According to Cleveland Clinic, the smoke that burns off the end of a cigarette and the smoke inhaled by the smoker, once absorbed by another person, causes the stiffening of the aorta, excess blood clotting, heart attack, and stroke.

For tWS, it is up to the student if s/he wants to use vape, but s/he should not use it inside the campus as a form of respect to the memorandum and to others. tWS also suggests the inclusion of vapes in the provisions about smoking in the student manual to avoid technical confusion.

By: Andrea D. Lim

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