Media is currently being flooded with articles and warnings aimed at stoking fear and promoting legislation around vaping, despite it having a whopping total of six people as its current death count. Those attuned to the basic tactics of propaganda recognize this immediately as just that, especially since the dialog of “we must protect the children” already being pushed so heavily on this topic.
Looking closer at the numbers of arguably far more severe crises the youths of our nation face, however, it becomes nauseatingly clear the health of kids and young adults is not the motive for this newfound boogieman. Rather, it’s far more likely it’s a convenient red herring to attempt to steal media attention from far more grave concerns our young people today face, such as:
- 1 in 5 teenage girls seriously contemplate suicide (but let’s not talk about that).
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among teens and young adults (but let’s not talk about that).
- Kids are dying in US concentration camps (but let’s not talk about that).
- Nearly four million kids have no health insurance in the US (but let’s not talk about that).
- 1 in 5 youths will run away from home at some point, contributing to the quarter of houseless people under the age of 24 (but let’s not talk about that).
- Climate change is causing longer, bigger, more frequent wildfires (that ain’t good for your lungs, either, folks), but let’s not talk about that.
- In addition to displacing millions of people over the coming decades, it threatens the global food supply (but let’s not talk about that).
- There’s only 60 years of farming left if current practices do not change (but let’s not talk about that).
- Fascism is rising around the globe and those consolidating power (such as Bolsonaro and Trump, for example) are exacerbating climate change instead of combating it, but let’s not talk about that because VAPING THOUGH.
Sometimes it feels like it’s just me, but it seems like there’s a fuck ton more we should worry about and work on if we want to improve the health and lives of the young other than focusing on vaping. It would seem a bit odd there are so many laws, regulations, and campaigns against tobacco, vaping, etc. and startlingly few in comparison that are geared towards mental health, gun regulation, and combatting child abuse rampant within government systems (I mean, it is odd unless you’re following the money and taking note who’s paying for all those laws and ad campaigns, then it all suddenly makes an evil sort of sense).
If you’re more worried about vaping more than fascism and climate change, than rising suicides and hate crimes, then your concern isn’t really about health and happiness. You’re just another kool-aid guzzler sucking on the end of that big ol’ throbbing propaganda prick and excuse me if I don’t care to pay attention to the sensationalist spittle running down your chin.
Y’all wanna get in a hissy fit over seniors (some of whom are bound to be 18 and legal adults) trying vaping? Fine, but you have fucked up priorities. Hell, the way I see it is if those kids made it all the way to senior year without being shot at, they deserve a smoke if they want it–especially considering the world they’re facing and the adults like you they have to deal with.