Recently we have discovered that the “Juul” e-cigarette trend has reached our middle school. While Juul is a brand name, it is also a different kind of e-cigarette that always has nicotine (unlike some vaping devices which are flavored water vapor only). In fact, it has twice as much nicotine as regular e-cigarettes. Nicotine is extremely addictive, especially for pre-teens and teens. The Juul pods are meant to last about 200 puffs, but young people are consuming them very quickly – and each pod has the nicotine equivalent to a pack of cigarettes.
The Juul devices themselves resemble USB sticks and are USB charged. The pods that contain the nicotine are about 1 inch by 1 inch; therefore they are very hideable. They also produce little smoke, which can be blown up a sweatshirt sleeve.
Please access the three information fact sheets to be aware of what these products are and to be able to educate your child about the dangers. Many young users do not know there is nicotine in them, or how much, and don’t think they are a problem because there is no tar and less smoke than cigarettes. You can also watch a PBS NEWSHOUR video at https://video.edweek.org/detail/video/5810863294001/vaping-in-schools:-'juuling'-is-popular-among-teens-despite-health-risks?autoStart=true