Juuling Has Become An American Epidemic For Young Teenagers.
JUUL has become one of, if not, the most popular e-cigarette/vaping products in the world. In under three years, JUUL Labs has generated a massive net worth of a little over $16B, mostly coming from the purchases of young teenagers. The aim, as stated on their website, says that “[our] goal [is to] improve the lives of the one billion adult smokers. We envision a world where fewer people use cigarettes, and where people who smoke cigarettes have the tools to reduce or eliminate their consumption entirely, should they so desire.”
Yet, the trend of electronic vaping and now ‘JUULing’ has become a national epidemic among high school and college teenagers.
A JUUL contains a ‘pod’ filled with heated Nicotine that users inhale flavored vapor, such as ‘mango’ or even ‘creme brulee’. According to JUUL Labs, a JUUL “”accommodates nicotine levels akin to a cigarette’s to satisfy smokers switching”.
A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that almost 3 million adolescents use a JUUL every day. However, no one realizes the risks that run in a JUUL because the FDA has not regulated e-cigarettes, which means there are no warning signs on the product’s package.
Nicotine is an addictive chemical that can negatively and severely impact the sole development of a teenagers brain. One JUUL pod the equivalent to a pack of cigarettes, according to Buzzfeed.
“E-cigs might be safer than the most toxic delivery method for nicotine, combustible cigarettes, but they are in no way safe. And it’s never just ‘vapor’ you are inhaling — it’s vapor plus irritants and toxins and nicotine,” Dr. Harold J. Farber says. In simple terms, you’re still inhaling various chemicals, especially if the vapor has flavoring contents. JUULS can exacerbate asthma and other lung conditions.
If you don’t already use tobacco products, you really shouldn’t start, because nicotine dependence is a legitimate problem. Ashley Gould, Chief Administrative Officer for JUUL Labs, says “Nicotine is highly addictive. It’s unquestionable. And we do not want anyone who isn’t already using nicotine to use the JUUL.”
Dr. Farber continues on the danger of Nicotine and its long-term impact: “Nicotine can act as a neurotoxin and alter brain chemistry, so the brain doesn’t function normally without it. Nicotine is very dangerous for kids and teenagers, because their brain is still developing and nicotine is a gateway drug — it primes the brain so things like cocaine and heroin are more rewarding.”
JUUL combines both Nicotine and benzoic acid in its e-liquid, creating a chemical reaction that produces the nicotine salts.
Jorge Velasco is the Founder and CEO of theDailyLead.