Juuling and Vaping: Monkey See Monkey Do


Samantha Woodford

Students walk down the halls in the DHH Lengel Middle School. Soon posters warning students about Juuling and vaping will be hung in these hallways. “Juuling and Vaping have not been around long enough for us to know how harmful they may be,” said Ms. Alyssa Palina.

One hit, that’s all it takes. The nicotine raises your blood pressure and spikes your adrenaline. This increases your heart rate and the chance of you having a heart attack.

Between the years 2011 through 2017, the use of e-cigarette increased significantly; especially among middle school and high school students. From research the 2017 National Youth Survey provided, we now know that 11.7% of high school students participate in the use of vapes. This can lead to addiction. 

Mr. Lucas Bricker said, “Besides the addictive nicotine I believe it really is a monkey see monkey do type thing. These kids are impressionable; it shouldn’t be about fitting in. It’s for your safety.”

This dilemma has not just affected 9th through 12th grade, but also 5th through 8th. No matter the precautions, stubborn kids will do what they want. Miss Alyssa Palina, a DHH Lengel teacher, explains, “Whatever these younger kids see the highschoolers doing, they want to do it as well. The middle schoolers look up to them as role models; they are influenced by their actions.”

Posters are made. Assemblies are held. Stories are told. This does not change the fact that lives were lost. Your life matters; quit while you can. If you are battling addiction, don’t be afraid to reach out. Call this number (866)-266-7161.