Top Class Actions E-Cigarette Awareness Scholarship
E-cigarettes are marketed as a tool to help quit smoking regular cigarettes. They are portrayed as a safer alternative, but there are still dangers associated with e-cigarette use.
Top Class Actions is hoping to raise awareness of e-cigarette dangers by offering a $3,500 scholarship to college-bound high school students. To qualify for the E-Cigarette Awareness Scholarship, entrants must write a 500- to 1,000-word essay discussing the dangers of e-cigarette use. They must also discuss their plan for raising awareness of these dangers among their peers.
The mission of Top Class Actions is to make the lives of consumers better by connecting them to credible news and reliable resources. In a similar vein, we hope this scholarship will make the lives of young people better by connecting them to their future.
What Is an E-Cigarette?
An e-cigarette is a device which creates an aerosol that is inhaled when a solution is heated to a high enough temperature. The solution is often called an e-liquid and is typically made up of nicotine, a propylene glycol humectant (to retain moisture and create the aerosol to be inhaled), and flavoring.
Despite the term “vaping,” e-cigarettes produce an aerosol, not a vapor (a substance in gas form). Aerosols can contain small chemical particles from the liquid solution and the device itself (i.e., heating coil metals).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved e-cigarette humectants and flavorings for oral consumption but not inhalation. Research is ongoing.
E-Cigarette Dangers Involving Young People
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young people use e-cigarettes more frequently than cigars, cigarettes, pipes, smokeless tobacco, and hookahs. E-cigarettes are often combined with other tobacco products, which means e-cigarette use can lead to the use of traditional cigarettes. Other e-cigarette dangers involving young people include:
- Brain Development — E-cigarettes usually contain nicotine, a highly addictive chemical which can harm adolescent brain development. This can lead to deficits in memory, attention span, and the ability to learn new information.
- Addiction — E-cigarette nicotine addiction has become so pervasive, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is concerned that a generation of young people will become addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes.
- Seizures — The FDA made a special announcement that e-cigarettes were causing seizures among experienced and first-time users. Seizures were reported as having occurred following a few puffs or up to 24 hours after using the product. Most accounts the FDA received regarding seizures and e-cigarettes involved youth and young adult users.
- Heart and lung injuries — E-cigarette brands including JUUL Pods have been hit with lawsuits claiming e-cigarettes lead to heart and lung injuries. An American College of Cardiology study published on Science Daily reported that people who puff e-cigarettes were much more likely to suffer coronary artery disease or have a heart attack than those who don’t use e-cigarettes or tobacco products.
Contact Top Class Actions for more updates about specific lawsuits or class action settlements regarding e-cigarettes.
E-Cigarette Awareness Scholarship Application
Top Class Actions would like to know more about you and why you are interested in this scholarship. Your application should include a short introductory paragraph with information about yourself, your academic goals, and how this scholarship would help you to reach these goals.
A 500- to 1,000-word essay should also accompany your application. In this essay, please address:
- The dangers of e-cigarettes.
- What you can do to raise awareness of these dangers among your peers.
In order to be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:
- Be currently enrolled in a U.S. high school curriculum
- Be on track to graduate by the summer of 2020
- Plan to pursue post-secondary education in the fall of 2020 at an accredited college or university
- Submit your official high school transcript
How To Apply
To apply for the $3,500 Top Class Action E-Cigarette Awareness Scholarship, please fill out the application form found on this page
Terms and Conditions
Make sure to read our Scholarship terms and conditions page before applying.
Top Class Actions hopes this E-Cigarette Awareness Scholarship serves as an important reminder to young people that they can make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of their peers.