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TEEN PARENTS: The 101 on the Hottest Trend -Vaping & Juuling

September 14, 2018

“Do you even vape, bro?” Vaping and juuling is the new smoking and “in” activity among teens.

 

In a 2016 report from the US surgeon general stated, “a 900% increase e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015”.

 

 The 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey noted, “1.7 million high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days.” And it’s not just high schoolers, in middle schoolers the survey numbers were 500,000 students. Studies show that one in five eighth-graders that currently use tobacco products got there by starting with e-cigarettes.

 

Cigarette smoking rates hit record lows before this e-cigarette craze. Now this trend has driven what's arguably the largest increase of teen nicotine use. The whole point of e-cigs were to help cigarette smokers quit cigarettes and also quit e-cigs NOT replace it. It was suppose to make it easier for smokers to quit. But now..

 

Teens who would have never smoked cigarettes are happily using without realizing it’s packed with nicotine, an addictive substance. But WHY? 

  • E-cigarettes seem to be attempting to attract the teens by using flavors like tutti frutti, cotton candy and sour gummy worms. 

  • They’re easy to get their hands on them. A new Vape shop just opened up in the Kentlands, Gaithersburg and many are all around now.

  • They’re cheaper than cigarettes.

  • Typical e-cigarettes have nicotine levels ranging from 6 to 30 milligrams per milliliter.

  • Some use it to cope with anxiety and depression. Many say it's calming and relaxes them. Which is true because when you develop an addiction to something, and your body starts to rely on it after leaving your body craving it for so long, and you eventually give your body the thing it desires you will get a sense of relaxation.

  • Kids can do it ANYWHERE. In their room or even in school and even in the classroom. What they do is put it up their sleeve and bring their sleeve up to their mouth to inhale. Some keep the smoke in as to not produce smoke. 

  • Easy to hide because:

    • no smoker’s breath/foul smell

    • no ash/flame

    • no cigarette butt or waste

What is Vaping?

 

“Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device”, stated the Center on Addiction.

 

It is seen as a better alternative and way to wean off of cigarettes. It is a first step for many to quit the intake of nicotine all together. Even though some studies have reported no proof that they do help cigarette smokers quit. The bigger problem is that it is now however, an activity that many teens are getting into.

 

What is Juuling?

 

Juuling is an e-cigarette device that is battery operated and can be plugged into a laptop, looking quite similar to a USB. It is a lot smaller and more discreet than other vaping devices. It is odorless and easy to get away with. 

 

 

Facts you should know about Juuling:

  • Each “pod” ( a pod is where the liquid is) contains 59 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid. Juul claims that one pod is equal to a pack of cigarettes in terms of nicotine, but tobacco experts have shared that equivalency is difficult to define because not all the nicotine released in cigarette smoke is inhaled, and some is trapped in the filter. 

  • “Juul contains three times the nicotine levels permitted in the European Union, which is why Juul can’t be sold there.” According to Vox. Juul pods contain 59 milligrams of nicotine for every milliliter of liquid, significantly more than the 6 milligrams to 30 milligrams found in other e-cigarettes. It's also banned in Israel.

  •   Juul’s creators ramped up the nicotine levels on purpose. They realized many of the e-cigarettes on the market don’t hit smokers’ systems in a way that’s comparable to cigarettes.

  •  Juul vaporizes a liquid that contains nicotine salts. In Juul, these nicotine salts are absorbed into the body at almost the same speed as nicotine in regular cigarettes, a speed that comes from the use of freebase nicotine.

  •  “Unlike the freebase nicotine in regular cigarettes, which can be very irritating, nicotine salt goes down smoothly and doesn’t cause the unpleasant feeling in the chest and lungs that cigarette smoke does” said David Liddell Ashley, a former director of the office of science in the Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA.