VAASA Encourages Students to Quit Vaping for One Day


After smoking only one cigarette or taking a few hits from a Juul, the human body can acquire a lifelong craving for nicotine. When the addictive drug is inhaled into the lungs, it quickly spreads into the bloodstream and reaches the brain within seconds, quenching the smoker’s craving almost instantly. With such instant effects, it’s easy to understand how people can quickly and unknowingly develop a dependence on nicotine. This is why on the third Thursday of every November, the American Cancer Society hosts an event called the Great American Smokeout.     

The Great American Smokeout challenges smokers to quit smoking for just one day. The event also educates people on the risks of smoking and helps present strategies for people who want to live a healthier lifestyle and quit altogether. In America, for every five deaths, one is caused by smoking. These are statistics that the American Cancer Society wants to change. 

Although younger generations have a preconceived idea that vaping is better for the body than smoking, that belief is incorrect. Vaping devices contain unknown chemicals of which the side effects are still unknown. They also contain increasingly higher amount of nicotine. According to the company itself, one Juul pod contains as much nicotine as twenty cigarettes. This is why Sleepy Hollow’s VAASA club encourages vapers, alongside traditional cigarette smokers, to participate and try to quit for one day. 

The Great American Smokeout makes people stop and think about their relationship with smoking. Are they controlling what they put into their body, or is nicotine controlling them? On November 21, thousands of people across America attempted to face their addiction. Some can complete the challenge, but not all were able to last the day smoke-free. The question is: Can you? If you or a classmate is struggling with addiction, visit Mrs. Donahue in her office or email her at [email protected]