Is vaping safe?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I have a question about vaping as a lot of my friends vape and they say as long as you don’t inhale it can’t hurt you. My parents say that you must be 18 in order to smoke and vaping is smoking. Who is right?

A: I always side with parents when it comes to their children’s health and safety. Vaping is a new concept and there are no specific rules or laws in Indiana except that vaping pens are a fancy word for e-cigarettes and in Indiana you must be 18 to make a purchase. Because vaping is a new trend there is not enough research to cover all of the effects on a body. Some of the short term side effects are dehydration because e-cigarettes contain a high amount of vegetable glycerin which can lead to dry mouth. Next would be allergies as many e-cigarettes use different flavors such as chocolate, fruits, nuts, etc. that can cause an allergic reaction. And finally canker sores as the inability to keep the vape pen clean and regularly sanitized can lead to mouth infections especially if you share with friends.

Q: Let’s say for instance you are out with your friends and they decide to do some mischief or kinda steal some stuff. If you’re just there to film it, can you get in trouble?

A: Without specific details I can only give a general answer. So “generally speaking,” yes, you could get in trouble if you had prior knowledge of a crime and was a willing participant to witness the crime being the “photographer.”

It is sorta like not really robbing the bank “Just being the getaway driver.” Just as guilty!

Q: I am in college with my best friend and we are both taking criminal justice and want to be police officers and it’s our dream to work as a team. If we applied to your department, what are the chances of us being hired together and assigned as partners?

A: You could possibly end up being partners someday, however, the chances are slim entering any agency. There are a lot of variables involved. You both would first have to complete all of our initial testing, interviews, background and then physical and psychological testing. We never assign new officers to work as partners as we always assign experienced senior officers to train and teach new recruits.

Q: How are patrol officers assigned jobs or reports? Is it whoever is closest to the action?

A: Our patrol officers are assigned to districts. These are specific geographic areas that the officer is responsible for during their shift. A non-emergency call in that district would be held for that district officer to handle. Emergency calls will typically fall to the officer assigned to the district if that officer is available. If more than one district is dispatched (for example a large fight) then it is still the responsibility once over for that district unit to take the report.

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Flanigan Tire of Michigan City was Sandy Galinowski of Michigan City. The answer to last column’s riddle of how many different tires does Flanigan sell, and who got it right, was Amanda with a correct guess of 23 different tires.

The sponsor for this week’s riddle are our friends at Station 801 Restaurant at 801 Franklin in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card.

Here’s a riddle that everyone should get. Begin with the amount of days Noah endured a deluge, add how many inches are in a yard, the number of plums Jack Horner pulled out of his pie, and finally add in the street address of the President of the United States. Now what is your total?

The 11th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins.

To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext #1020, or e-mail

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