Teen Smoking

According to a recent study, approximately 10% of all High School students, and 3% of Middle School students, in the U.S. use an electronic cigarette.  Some believe that this is a better substitute for real cigarettes, however the e-cigarettes still contain the addictive drug nicotine in them.  Also, the fact that some e-cigarettes have flavors such as chocolate or mint, just makes them more addictive.  This is really a bad thing because smoking   e-cigarettes can lead to smoking real cigarettes.  Lung disease was the ranked at number 3 of the causes of death in the U.S.  Also, the fact that the FDA doesn’t regulate the e-cigarettes is really messed up.  I believe that there should be an age limit on smoking, like alcohol.  I mean, if alcohol has an age restriction, why doesn’t smoking.  I know that there is an age restriction to purchasing cigarettes, but there isn’t one for actually smoking them.  Smoking kills people, not just the people who smoke them, but people are near others who smoke are at risk of inhaling the smoke and developing a lung disease.  Second-Hand smoking kills, on average, 45,300 non-smokers every year in the United States alone.(http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/secondhand-smoke).  Alcohol doesn’t kill a lot of people.  What I mean by that is that just drinking alcohol won’t really kill you, it’s just what people after consumption of alcohol that will kill you or others.  If you smoke, then you probably will get some kind of cancer, such as Lung or breast cancer.  You could also develop heart disease.  Okay, I think I might have gone a little off topic there, so back to the issue.  Teens who use e-cigarettes think that they won’t get sick because they aren’t smoking real cigarettes, but the e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, which is the drug in real cigarettes.  Another thing that is kind of messed up is the fact that some e-cigarettes are flavored to taste like chocolate or mint or some crazy taste.  This will probably lead more teens to smoking them.  If teens start smoking e-cigarettes, then they might want try real cigarettes.  That would be a real problem.

Kaplan, Karen, and Monte Morin. “Electronic Cigarettes Growing in        Popularity with Teens.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 06 Sept. 2013. Web. 29 May 2014.

Rogers, Abby. “The Top 10 Causes Of Death In The United States.” Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 05 Dec. 2011. Web. 29 May 2014.

Flowers for Algernon

In the book, Flowers for Algernon, Charlie is considered to be mentally handicapped.  When he was “Dumb”, his coworkers liked him, so he thought.  After he got the operation, his coworkers petitioned to have him fired.

Why do you think that his change in intelligence caused others to dislike him, when they had “liked” him when he wasn’t as smart?

Heroin-The Comeback Drug

There is a drug that is coming back, and with a lot of power.  Heroin is a drug that comes from the opium poppy plant.  It has resurfaced over the past few years, resulting in a large spike in deaths blamed on overdoses.  A lot of the attention was brought about because of the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead with a syringe in his arm and 50 glassine bags of heroin.  This a drug popular back in the 60’s and 70’s, but sort of disappeared up until a few years ago.



Weaver, Frances. “Heroin’s Lethal Comeback.” The Week. THE WEEK Publications, Inc, 22 Feb. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

Delayed Landing


Just recently, a flight went missing.  It was a Boeing 777, a type of commercial airline.  What I mean by “missing” is not on the radar.  The plane basically was flying, and went off the radar, now, nobody can find it.  Nobody knows where it is, but they do have theories.  Some include: It crashed, which is the most popular belief, that it was hijacked, and the pilot turned around for some reason.  The theory I believe is that the plane was hijacked.  I think this because it makes sense that the box was shut off by terrorist or hijackers.  They could’ve done it and shut the box off, taken control of the plane, and flown somewhere else.  They probably flew it to a remote, or hidden, air strip.  But, as CNN states, “It requires, at minimum, nearly a mile to land…there’s the matter of getting it someplace without setting off alarm bells”(CNN).  This being said, it would have been unlikely that they could’ve landed somewhere discretely.  This is why I believe that hijackers took over, and maybe there was a fight, or lack of experience by the hijackers, that caused a wreckage.  I think that the feds (That’s the FBI, if you don’t know) are going find some wreckage of the plane and find out what happened.  What confuses me the most though, is that the FBI, NSA, and CIA can all track me through my phone, email, etc., but can’t find a freaking Boeing 777.  It is kind of hard to lose one of those.  I’m one person, out of millions in the US, and they can find me anywhere I am, but a BOEING 777 is lost in an area which it can easily be found.  C’mon guys, you’re better than this.  Shame.


Watkins, Tom, Evan Perez, Saima Mohsin, David Molko in Kuala Lumpur, Rene Marsh, Shimon Prokupecz, Eliott C. McLaughlin Greg

Botelho, Chelsea J. Carter, Mike Ahlers, Barbara Starr, Jim Sciutto, and Pamela Brown. “Malaysia Flight 370: The 10 Big Questions.”

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