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A Way To Make Your Heart Skip A Beat: And It’s Not Related To Valentines Day

by | Feb 4, 2024 | RE@L StudentCorner | 0 comments

February 2024 greetings to all of our RE@LBlog™ followers! Valentines Day is right around the corner, and your RE@L Blogmeister is wondering if you are ready. What does ‘ready’ really mean when it comes to Valentines Day? I mean, preparing to tell some of the people in your life you love them. Right? And what better way to do so than to somehow share the universal symbol of love: the heart. 

Yes, we have the candy hearts. Those that we find in glass dishes in homes and offices everywhere. And there is always the catchy phrase somehow stamped on each one. Things like ‘Call Me’ or ‘Sweetheart’ or ‘Be Mine’ or ‘I’m Yours’ or ‘Hug Me’ among others. Trust me when I say, I’ve cracked a tooth or two on those hard candies. Have you as well?

But this RE@LBlog™ Valentines post is influenced today by a recent blog post, ‘New strong evidence that JUUL is more toxic to lungs and hearts than earlier e-cigs’ from retired University of California Professor, Dr. Stan Glanz. Much to the dismay of big tobacco companies, he has spent a lifetime studying and reporting the effects of nicotine and smoking; and more recently the advent of e-cigarettes and vaping, on the health of human beings. If you are as passionate about this topic as we are at RE@L, you may wish to frequent his blog. 

Among several findings in the reports cited by Dr. Glanz is that ‘breathing e-cigarette aerosols of nicotine salts interferes with nervous system control of the heart and causes potentially dangerous arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm).’ It brings a whole new listening experience to the Ally Murs / Chiddy Bang song, “Heart Skips a Beat” this Valentine’s Day, doesn’t it?

And if you think this lung thing is simply a scare tactic, think no further! You might consider the very recent plight of Jackson Allard, a twenty-two year old young man from Fargo, North Dakota. He entered the hospital with abnormal stomach pains and not too long thereafter was the recipient of a double lung transplant. His condition was exacerbated by a severe vaping habit. Read about Jackson’s story at Fargo’s Valley News Live: “He had a 1% chance of living:” 22 year old Fargo man receives double lung transplant.”


In the spirit of Valentines Day and finding a way to tell that someone in your life that you love them, but you wish they would second think their e-cigarette or vaping habits, how about a picture of an exploding heart or a picture of a vape with a line slashed through it? I mean, is there room for the word, arrhythmia on a candy heart? Once you see a candy heart with the word ‘arrhythmia’ in its center, will you ever think of candy hearts the same way again?

At RE@L, Inc., we remain committed to our nation’s educators who are doing the hard work each day and every day in their classrooms. And it’s why we have created an online, web-based curriculum, 1Up On Vaping™, to help our educators deliver the proactive education necessary so that our young, impressionable students of today are not finding themselves experiencing the life-threatening heart and/or lung conditions as the future adults of tomorrow. 

If you are one of those who find yourself already stuck with a vaping or e-cigarette habit that you wish to quit, you might consider reviewing the many resources immediately available through the American Lung Association. But our next RE@LBlog™ post will focus largely on existing interventions and programs and resources available to individuals who wish to quit the nicotine habit. See you next time!



Randy Nelson


Randy Nelson is a retired educator of 38 years. He served students as a high school speech, theater, and English teacher. He served colleagues as a director of curriculum and instruction; and, most recently he served the La Crosse, WI school district as its superintendent of schools. He has a strong leadership track record promoting choice and innovation via unique community partnerships. He currently serves RE@L, inc as its Director of Education.