You are probably familiar with cigarettes and tobacco dip. It’s been around for a quite a while. You might have even recently heard of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, but do you know what JUUL is? No fret, I hadn’t heard of JUUL or how widespread it was until a couple of weeks ago.
Let’s go over the facts.
Here’s what you need to know about JUUL.
JUUL is an e-cigarette brand that closely resembles a flash drive. In fact, one can easily charge JUUL by plugging it into the computer. It is super slim, making it easy store in one’s pocket and has sleek appearance. It comes with different flavors as opposed to other tobacco products, like cigarettes.
According to TIME.com, JUUL manufacturers claim that its target audience are current cigarette smokers. They hope to convert them to JUUL, which they say is much safer. However, researchers have found that JUUL contains the equivalent amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.
Juul has a reputation of not being dangerous. It doesn’t have all the extra chemicals as a cigarette. However, JUUL is dangerous. Maybe not as dangerous as your typical tobacco products. However, for a non smoker wanting to try this out. It’s not safe and it can eventually convert someone from using JUUL to using cigarettes or other tobacco products.
Here’s an expert from healthychildren.org on why everyone (including you) should be concerned:
- JUUL comes in flavors that appeal to kids. JUUL “juice” pods come in mango, cool mint, fruit medley, and other flavors. For years, tobacco companies have used candy-like flavors to attract young people. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research, middle and high school students say that flavor is a big reason they use e-cigarettes.The Master Settlement Agreement prohibits cigarette manufacturers from targeting youth. This includes using flavors that typically attract kids. Since the Master Settlement Agreement only covers tobacco products, it does not cover e-cigarettes. It doesn’t prohibit e-cigarettes from being sold in a variety of flavors because it isn’t a tobacco product.
- JUUL is highly addictive. The concentration of nicotine in JUUL is more than twice the amount found in other e-cigarettes. Nicotine is the chemical that causes addiction. These high amounts are a serious concern for youth, who are already more likely than adults to become addicted to nicotine. The chance of addiction is so high that the U.S. Surgeon General warned that the use of nicotine by youth in any form is unsafe.
- JUULing raises the risk of becoming a regular cigarette smoker. Research shows that young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to begin using traditional tobacco cigarettes.
- JUUL use is common in schools and college campuses. Teachers report that students are using JUULs in classrooms, hallways, and school restrooms. They also share the devices with friends. This kind of social use encourages youth who don’t smoke to try JUULing. It also lets students who are too young to buy JUUL legally, or who could not otherwise afford them, use them through classmates.
For more information about JUUL and JUULing, check out drugfree.org
About the Author: Mariah Edwards
Mariah is an intern at Suwannee River AHEC. She currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Florida.