Last week, the Lincoln Journal Star reported the first known e-cigarette or vaping-related death in Nebraska. The report follows weeks of reports of hundreds of people hospitalized and at least 12 dead due to vaping related illnesses. In light of this, The Daily Nebraskan asked students on city campus: Do you think vaping is dangerous? Why or why not?

William McQueney, sophomore microbiology major

William McQuenui

William McQuenui, sophomore microbiology major

“It’s hard to tell. I don’t think it’s as dangerous as cigarettes, but I don’t think it’s been around long enough to understand the long term effects.”

Bailee Egan, biological sciences graduate student 

Bailee Egan

Bailee Egan, first year graduate student biology major

“I don’t think it’s dangerous. I mean, there have been a few deaths, but people die from vending machines too.”

Wyatt Gosnell, junior architecture major 

Wyatt Gosnell

Wyatt Gosnell, junior architecture major

“I think it is, mainly because of chemicals inside of the vape. I don’t think there’s enough research to really know.”

Peter Nguyen, junior computer science major

Peter Nguyen

Peter Nguyen, junior computer science major

“I’d say there’s not much research on it, but anything you're inhaling into your lungs that is not oxygen is probably dangerous. But I feel like it’s a safe alternative to smoking.”