Time and time again, younger generations have picked up “vintage” items, catapulting them back into the mainstream.
Record players, Polaroids and low-rise jeans are just a few of the fashions that have made a comeback. But a far more dangerous trend is sweeping through today’s youth.
Cigarettes are gaining popularity among young people. Social activity was thought to have been replaced by e-cigarettes or vapes. But after a thirty-year decline in smoking, the trend has been broken.
For the first time in two decades, cigarette sales are up while vaping has fallen sharply. In fact, the annual National Youth Smoking Survey reports that 11.3% of high school students currently vape, a stark contrast to the 27.5% reported just two years ago.
While some attribute the spike in cigarettes to stress caused by the pandemic, others see the burning paper tube as an inevitable part of the cultural revival of the 1980s.
Brayden Buyas is a sophomore at LSU.
“I feel like I’ve seen more people smoking in the last 3 or 4 months that I’ve been on campus.” Buyas said. “We are definitely in an era that glamorizes old, vintage, stylistic visuals and culture.”
Smoking cigarettes can cause a myriad of health problems, including addiction and cancer. For this reason, LSU is a smoke-free campus.
If you’re struggling with a nicotine addiction, call 1-800-QUIT NOW or visit the Student Health Center for personal counseling and support.