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CHS students take a hit from vape culture

CHS students take a hit from vape culture

Phoebe Drummond

May 10, 2019

“Honestly, I think for any high school kid in any climate, there’s this new stigma that it’s cool to vape… like every time you go to party people are always vaping,” said sophomore Hannah Arbeitel of Marlboro. But what Arbeitel referred to as party foul is now making its way into schools ...

E-cigs cloud judgment

E-cigs cloud judgment

Emily Toro

May 10, 2019

Originally used by ancient Egyptians to cleanse the mind and soul, vaping has now become a substitution to traditional smoking. According to Vaping Daily, contemporary vaping devices date back to 1963, when Herbert Gilbert invented the first smokeless non-tobacco cigarette. In the 2000s, Chinese pharma...

Vapes modernize over time

Vapes modernize over time

Isabella Antoon

May 10, 2019

With a 78 percent reported increase in usage among high schools students in the past year according to the FDA, vaping is becoming more than just a “fad” in teenagers’ lives. But with an increase in sales of popular e-cigarettes like JUUL comes a decrease in knowledge of how these products affect th...

Vape accessibility grows

Vape accessibility grows

Kaitlyn Delaney

May 10, 2019

While e-cigarette companies advertise their products as a solution to help people quit smoking, the effects of e-cigarettes on minors could be detrimental. The nicotine in e-cigarettes can impact brain development in teens, said Yale Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science co-PI Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin. ...

Demographics affect abortion options

Demographics affect abortion options

Mia Gallo

March 15, 2019

As the central topic of many marches, animosity and questioning of the current law, the issue of abortion polarizes two drastically opposing sides. Based on the argument of where life begins and its application to religious standards, abortion remains the forefront of many political disputes. Ma...

Abortion ruling threatens to repeal legality

Abortion ruling threatens to repeal legality

Meredith Prud'homme

March 15, 2019

Of every political issue, abortion remains the most disputed. Regardless of political party, advocates on both sides of the issue are passionate about the subject. The fight to criminalize abortion continues to increase in ferocity and now incites the consideration of whether a decision made over 40...

Sex ed starts contraception conversation

Sex ed starts contraception conversation

Jordan Durkin and Madeline Holobinko

March 15, 2019

Talking about contraceptives is the elephant in the room for most teenagers. But for a conservation on so many young adults’ minds, it surprisingly never takes place. When teenagers need advice from adults regarding birth control, many avoid bringing up the topic themselves out of shame, embarrassment or ...

Teen pregnancy declines, carries stigma

Teen pregnancy declines, carries stigma

Katherine Lombardi

March 15, 2019

Often met with uncomfortable looks and desperate attempts to change the topic, teenage pregnancy and abortion are far from light-hearted subjects of conversation. Associated with over-the-top reality TV shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant,” pregnant teens face not only the decision of po...

Alexa! Wiretap my house

Alexa! Wiretap my house

Isabella Antoon

January 25, 2019

If you’ve ever wondered why the advertisements on your computer are often tailored to recent websites you’ve browsed, or even things you’ve discussed with friends or family, you’re not alone. With recent rumors pertaining to the government hacking into Americans’ technology to gain information,...

Users sign away privacy

Users sign away privacy

Meredith Prud'homme

January 25, 2019

By agreeing to the terms and conditions, millions of social media users sign away the rights to their favorite family photo or their morning latte snapshot. In 2019, privacy stands as a figment of the imagination. Companies want to know a potential buyer’s every move, turning social media from a ...

Cybercrime on the rise

Cybercrime on the rise

Emily Toro

January 25, 2019

In the digital world, emails from Nigerian princes holding a relative captive or anonymous threats requesting bitcoin are all too familiar. Today, cyber threats troll the internet with massive amounts of security breaches and privacy scandals. Security specialists, computer analysts, database administrators...

To post or not to post

To post or not to post

Kaitlyn Delaney

January 25, 2019

When colleges perform routine background checks of applicants, they look for education history, employment history, criminal records and now, social media. According to a study conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, 68 percent of colleges believe searching social media during the admissions process is “fa...

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