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    Students Juuling at East: the Vaping Epidemic in our Hallways

    Growing up in the 2000s, there was one thing hammered into the mind of every first through ninth grader: smoking is evil, and only losers and burnouts smoke. There were pledges to abstain, stickers and hours of education and presentations. However, these lessons may have been wasted. Recently, across the state, there has been a worrying increase in nicotine use and abuse by teenagers. The primary culprit: Juul. According to the North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey’s most recent report, e-cigarette use by high schoolers is up 894 percent since 2011. That same survey found three out of every ten students have used e-cigarettes. East, in particular, having wealthy students with…