Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-ciggs, originally entered the market as tools to help quit smoking. E-ciggs, however, have unfortunately become extremely popular with youth. As of 2018, the CDC reported that more than 20% of high school students use electronic cigarettes. (1)
Here we take a look at one of the most popular e-cigg brands: JUULs.
What are JUULs?
JUULs are electronic cigarettes that deliver an inhaled aerosol that contains concentrated nicotine and flavoring. (2) As of September 2018, JUUL has claimed 72% of the electronic cigarette market share. This makes JUULs the most popular brand of e-cigg. (3)
The JUUL vaporizer is reusable. The aerosol is sold in units known as “pods” and are widely available.
JUUL pods come in several different flavors, such as mango, crème, cucumber, fruit, and various tobacco flavors. (4)
These flavors have received criticism as being directed towards teenagers. (5) Replacement JUUL pods are commonly available at gas stations and smoke shops. Many store attendants neglect to ask for proper identification.
How do JUULs compare to cigarettes?
JUULs contain nicotine, which is the compound found in tobacco that causes cigarettes to be physically addictive. Each JUUL pod contains approximately 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine, which is the same amount as a pack of cigarettes.
These pods are also typically sold in packs of four, making the chances of becoming physically addicted to nicotine very high for those who use JUULs. (6)
What are the health risks of JUULs?
The popular myth that electronic cigarettes were a safe alternative to cigarette smoking has recently been shattered by countless studies. The reality is, electronic cigarettes have numerous health risks for those who use them – and in particular, for younger people.
First, studies have shown that children who use electronic cigarettes are more likely to also use cigarettes. One study reported that 3 out of 5 high school smokers also used nicotine. (7)
Electronic cigarettes also cause damage to the lungs. Compounds such as diacetyl (which has been linked to lung disease), benzene, nickel, tin, lead, and other compounds are all regularly used in electronic cigarettes. (8)
Nicotine use also has drastic negative effects on the adolescent brain. Studies have shown that nicotine use during adolescence has drastic effects on the brain’s reward pathway and circuits involved in memory, learning, and mood that are likely to increase addictive behavior in the future. (9)
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