We know that everyone is busy talking about all the hock and shtusim going on, but what people are really missing is a massive decision that will severely us as bachurim.
At the end of last week, the FDA said that Juul can no longer sell its products and any products that are already on shelves have to be taken down. If you don’t know what Juul is, they make vaping products. Bochurim enjoy these products – they’re a great, safe outlet.
We know that many people despise vaping products and think they and whoever uses them is terrible. But vaping is actually a lot safer than the alternative, which is cigarettes.
Just a few years ago, walking into the BMG Irv dorm was like walking into a burned out home. It stank of cigarettes. Now, it smells fresh and clean. You know why? Because vapes came around. You know how it used to be common to walk past an eatery and smell the stink of tobacco as you watched bochurim loitering outside? You don’t get that anymore, thanks to vapes.
Again, we aren’t under any illusions that vaping is the safest thing to do. But it’s a lot safer than smoking, according to pretty much any medical authority. And besides, what else should we do?
If you’re not in yeshiva yourself, you probably have no idea how challenging it is. You probably have no idea how few things we can do without being attacked, called lowlifes, or generally admonished. We are expected to learn and that’s it. Like robots. Can’t we have one thing to do?
So we vape. So what? People do a lot worse, but we get the heat for our little transgression which helps get us through the day. Are there no other major pressing problems that you can focus your bored attention on?
This decision by the FDA isn’t controlled by anyone who will read this. But it should remind everyone that we are suffering. We have so little going for us, we hav so few outlets that society considers “kosher.” And now, we have one less thing we can do. We are hurting, for real.
Does anybody care?
A Disgruntled Group of Bochurim