Stop Vaping JUULs, Stop Smoking Cigarettes, Stop Ruining Your Lungs

Stop Vaping JUULs, Stop Smoking Cigarettes, Stop Ruining Your Lungs

If you like vaping or doing nicotine, good for you. I just hope you're aware of the effects and what it can cost you in the long run.

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Nicotine.

N I C O T I N E.

Nic.

Nicotine is probably my least favorite word. I hate it. Most people know what nicotine is at this point and if you don't, I'll explain. Nicotine is an addictive chemical. Addictive. Say it again, addictive. It can contribute to the hardening of your arterial walls, which can lead to a heart attack. Are we on the same page? Cool.

Don't ever touch a JUUL. Seriously. I get that it's cool and all, and if you're gonna experiment once or twice that's fine. I wouldn't even recommend that but if you have to, then okay. But if you've never touched it, just stay away. This is how kids get roped into addictions. And trust me, I've seen a thing or two about nicotine addicts.

When you're the person that's trying to help someone, it can be really hard. Extremely hard, in fact. When the person you love uses nicotine, you do everything you can to get them better. You suggest therapy, you suggest picking a quit date, you do everything. But what happens when that person doesn't want anything to do with quitting? It costs you the relationship.

Nicotine for me is a dealbreaker. I don't like smoking. I don't like people who willingly smoke, and I don't like addicted college kids who use the JUUL to be cool. It's immature. And if you want to be mature, you do what you can to get over that addiction. How would your parents feel if they found out? I had to let go of someone I once loved because the nicotine was a little more important to that person than the future of the relationship. And that's okay, because different people have different priorities, so it set me straight.

Nicotine causes headaches and nausea. It's disgusting. Smoking's linked to about 90% of lung-related deaths every year. And don't give me the bullsh*t, "Yeah it's vape it's not the same." Just because there aren't enough studies doesn't mean what you're doing is okay. On average smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. And if you have asthma? Good luck. Asthmatics are exposed to all sorts of chemical irritants and because their airways are a lot more sensitive, inhalation can trigger bronchial spasms.

I could go on and on about how much I hate nicotine. Seriously, it's disgusting. Stop ruining your bodies now for temporary pleasure. It'll really catch up to you later. It's a waste of money trying to buy pods and e-juice when you could be putting that money down for something else. This is really my take. If you like vaping or doing nicotine, good for you. I just hope you're aware of the effects and what it can cost you in the long run.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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How To Avoid Getting Sick Your  Freshman Year

It's going to take a little more than an apple a day.

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College is the prime time and place to catch a cold... or worse. Although, somehow I managed to crack the code to health and not get sick my whole first year of college. This is surprising considering I was living in the close (and very unsanitary) quarters of a dorm room.

1. Keep your diet somewhat healthy

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I know how hard it is to eat healthy in college, especially on a low budget. But with the dining hall foods, you can at least include some vegetables and fruits into your everyday consumption. The vitamins in these foods will help keep your immune system up and it will be worth the effort.

2. Try to exercise a few times per week

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Even if you're just getting out of the dorm for a thirty minute walk, it will benefit your body. If you decide to up your routine from that, even better! The more endorphins, the more you will feel better inside and out.

3. Cut back on the drinking if you feel a cold coming on

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Surprisingly, many college students don't seem to know that alcohol lowers your immune system. Of course, for some people theres no way of avoiding drinking. But if you can at least give your body rest days, it will be extremely beneficial.

4. Invest in a dehumidifier for your dorm room

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I believe this was a very big player in helping me not get sick. The dehumidifier helps reduce dust and other particles in the air. This will help not agitate your allergies and you will feel more clear headed.

5. Try not to share personal products

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Sharing things like towels, makeup, unwashed cups, etc. can all be causes of a sickness being passed around you and your friends. Of course sharing is caring, just make sure it's sanitary.

6. Be conscientious of who you kiss!

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Make sure that your girlfriend, boyfriend, or "its complicated" person is not sick before you're getting cozy with them.

7. Drink lots of green tea!

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Personally, I credit green tea and its anti-oxidants for keeping the flu away and even getting rid of bugs that might be forming in your system. So if you feel like you might be developing a cold, chug that tea!

I know how annoying these tips may be. But I promise, if you implement at least a few it could reduce your chances of feeling horrible during midterms in the winter, and sneezing all over your finals in the fall.

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