Vape and JUUL Epidemic Hits American Teens
by Grace, Emma D, Colton, and Adina
The topic of the MIPA Broadcast Story Challenge contest this year was the epidemic of teen vaping. This topic was a great one to tackle. It is an actual problem going on in America right now.
There were so many ways we could’ve approached this story, but what we did was see a teen's point of view on it from two different sides. We interviewed kids who did vape and kids who don’t. We made sure that the teens who did vape were anonymous so they won’t have any backlash for this story because they were kind enough to cooperate. Many teens we spoke to weren't so willing to admit what they do on camera.
We also interviewed our school nurse to get a medical point of view on the topic. She was incredibly helpful and provided some shocking (to us) information. For example, JUUL pods equate a pack of cigarettes a day. Any teen who goes through a pod a day is literally smoking a pack a day.
For b-roll we needed people vaping. Believe it or not, we had a little trouble finding people who wanted to vape on camera even though we told them we could hide faces. Very few were willing. Thankfully, our school resource officer helped us out and we were able to get the b-roll we needed.
It's interesting that so many teens do this, but do not want to admit to it or be "caught." It leaves the age-old question, "Why are people doing something they know is wrong?"
We believe our story also gives a good viewpoint on the debt that these devices can put you in. The amount of money kids are spending on JUULs and e-cigs is monumental.
The FDA is trying to stop these companies from profiting off of kids. It will be interesting to see if they are successful.
We hope this story is informative and educational. It certainly opened our eyes!
For more information, try these articles:
Underage Teens 16 Times More Likely to Use Juul Than Older Groups
FDA Threatens Stores that Sell Flavored JUUL and E-Cigarettes to Kids