Addiction Killer Becomes the Addiction

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Addiction Killer Becomes the Addiction

Leylah Qualo

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Leylah Qualo

Addiction Killer Becomes the Addiction

A Juul is an e-cigarette with the intention to help cigarette users to beat nicotine addiction. The Juul was founded in 2017 by James Monsees and Adam Bowen, both Stanford Alumni. The amount of teens that became hooked by these small vape devices took the creators by surprise shortly after their release. Truth Initiative® surveyed 15- to 17-year-olds who used JUUL in the past 30 days and found that 56 percent reported using the vaping device three or more days and just under half of that group said they used it on at least 10 days. These Juuls contain as much as two packs of nicotine, although they are alleged to be safer than the typical cigarette.

Many e-cig users claim that these sleek devices are the “iPhone of the e-cigarette world,” making them the newest trendy device for young teens. Being that the Juul contains nicotine as well as a number of flavorings and chemical properties, they are posing a health threat to users in many different ways.

Teens may believe that the Juul is less dangerous to their health due to its sleek design, and the lack of smell and harsh chemicals found in typical cigarettes. They are often used in open spaces such as classrooms and school bathrooms, as they are so discrete many teachers often do not recognize them as e-cigarettes.

GP generalist Dr. Regine Marcelin  has some insight on what juul smoking could result in.

“It’s just as harmful as a pack of cigarettes, so it defeats the purpose. And there’s not enough studies to go around to know the long term effect. There’s a lot of toxins in them, like coolants that are found in ACs. That shouldn’t be directly inhaled, and we won’t be able to find out what exactly it could cause until the effects have already kicked in,” said Marcelin.

Though they are not much like traditional cigarettes, many may not know that they are far from safe. Nicotine is said to come with multiple side effects such as increased heart rate, constriction of the blood vessels, peptic ulcers, and more. These health effects could greatly impact the rate at which teens develop, lead to mouth, lung, and heart complications. Similar to cigarettes which have caused 480,000 deaths a year within America alone, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Organization.

Luckily, many students here at UACHS do not agree with the use of nicotine, even in juul form. Junior Juan Pabon believes they are being used by the wrong crowd.

“They’re not meant for kids, they’re cool for adults trying to get over cigarettes. It’s literally the modern cigarette, when kids run out of it they just go and get a new pod.”

It is essential that we steer away from these popular e-cigarettes before teens begin to experience the negative effects that it can cause to our growth and overall health.

 

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