The Truth About Vaping

As the tobacco industry collapses in the U.S., a new industry is rises; E-cigs. With the public’s awareness of the long term, disastrous effects of smoking cigarettes, in the United States it has become a great taboo to smoke. It is bad for those who are directly smoking it, those who are breathing in the smoke, and it is a disastrous pollutant to the environment; in the end, no one wins (with an exception for tobacco IMG_4198companies). However, there is now a new industry of vaping, which is taking over the place of smoking. The question is, are vaping “e-cigs” really better for one’s health than to smoke regular cigarettes? Here we question if e-cigs are truly a solution to quit smoking, or if they are just like Tobacco industry. Buying cigarettes requires an ID, and in the United States one must be at least 18 years old to buy cigarettes. You cannot buy cigarettes online, yet however, if you go on Google and just type in “Vaping” you will get results of online “e-cigs” and “e-juice” shops, which have no way of scanning an ID through the computer, and do not properly check if the online customer is actually over age. So if nicotine is now as easy access as if shopping on Amazon.com, then what does this mean to future generations? Like some cigarettes, e-juice is flavored, attracting young generations to start smoking/vaping early. Children and teenagers are likely to be longer-term customers, starting from a young age and continuing IMG_4197to smoke or vape in their adulthood. E-cigs can help people quit cigarettes, yet how are we to know that e-cigs are not just as equally destructive? We can prove that cigarettes cause cancer, but e-cigs are such a new product, that we do not have any evidence of its long term effects. E-cigs are in fact such a new industry, that it was only introduced to the United States since 2007; not enough solid research can be accomplished in 9 years.   To learn more, check out these articles: http://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/gov-inslee-cites-new-data-showing-alarming-increase-adolescent-use-electronic-cigarettes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_cigarette http://metro.co.uk/2015/09/24/this-14-year-old-kids-mum-complained-because-hes-not-allowed-to-vape-at-school-5405706/ Written By: Solange Piñón

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Debate- Animals & Humanity

IMG_8853Animal Rights Club and the Debate Team are collaborating to discuss Animal Right issues. During this event, there are 3 major topics happening under the categories of Local, National, and Global problems. Under Local animal issues, the topic of Coyotes will be discussed, because of how people have made an issue of it in the orange county area and even Newport Beach specifically. In the debate we are to discuss how people see and do not see them as an issue, and if a problem, how to approach the coyote problem humanely. This debate will have a conversational style to it, known as a Socratic Seminar, or recognized as what we do in our english classes. Under National, the topic of Animal Entertainment is discussed as well, which Zoos or Aquariums, such as SeaWorld, become discussed as to whether they truly benefit animals or not. Then finally, the Global issue is Game Reserves. Are Games Reserves truly made to accomplish “the better means” of saving animals by letting other animals die? Or does this only encourage hunting in a negative retrospective? This Debate will take place on campus inside “the Black Box” close to our school theater, on Monday June 6th, at 6 pm. We will have one debate occur on its own, and then 2 debates happening at the same time. With 2 debates occurring at the same time, the audience will be able to chose which one interests them or would like to learn about the most. This event is a great way to see what it means to be a part of the Debate Team and Animal Rights Club, and also a way to enlighten ourselves about the what it truly means to be humane. Everyone is welcome to join! Written By: Solange Pinon

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Freshmen’s Views on the First Week of School

We all remember our first week of High School: the nerves on the first day, the excitement of seeing our friends, and the anticipation of meeting our new teachers. I remember my first day of school, waiting outside my first period class refusing to accept the fact that summer was over. Walking in, I saw some familiar faces but many new ones. Each year, new freshmen join the Newport Harbor community, funneling in from various schools with different experiences, but all of them, in turn, are welcomed with open arms to become sailors. We talked to some of the current freshmen to find out their opinions on the first week of school. Some aspects we discussed with them included; the amount of homework they had this year in comparison to last year, their feeling on the block schedule, and how they enjoyed the back to school dance. Wynn Dietzler, who attended Ensign last year, commented on the amount of homework she has this year compared to last year saying that “because we have two days to do it, it seems like less.” She participates in the dance 3 class and really enjoys it. IMG_2205-1Brian Bailey, who comes from Carden Hall and is a member of the Newport Harbor Football team, mentioned that the class sizes are much bigger than he is used to, and “since the classes are so long, we just do most of our homework in class.” He also brought up the common problem faced by most freshmen, that “it was a little hard finding my way at first.” The Back to School Dance is the first of many high school dances to be attended by freshmen. Lauren Dewan, who is the on the junior varsity field hockey team, told us that she went with her team, and “it was really fun cause we all dressed up together and it was team bonding. We went as goths.” This dance is a great opportunity to get together with friends and come up with matching costumes to wear

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