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People have been wanting to know what students talk about in the school hallways. They want to know what is on the average student’s mind all day. After observing my peers, I have become aware of the bad habits of some students: Juuling.
Being around for a little over a year, the Juul has swept the nation — and the minds of its children.
“What is a Juul?” you might ask. A Juul is an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, that heats up a cartridge containing oils to create vapor, which quickly dissolves into the air. Juuls are also very small. Resembling a USB flash drive, they are small enough to fit in a closed fist.
Although the manufacturer claims that Juuls are only for adults, the Juul liquid cartridges come in various flavors. Of course, these flavors appeal to the younger generation. This initiates and encourages the use of tobacco or nicotine products.
Though they are technically not real cigarettes, your youngster might try to argue that Juuls are safer and do not contain any type of nicotine. Wrong! A Juul does contain nicotine and quite a lot. In fact, the average Juul cartridge equals about a pack of cigarettes. With nicotine being an addictive chemical substance, a child who Juuls is a child who’s addicted.
Many people do not know Juul cartridges contain nicotine. The majority of “youthful Juul junkies”usually think they are only vaping flavor. However the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 99 percent of e-cigarettes sold in American convenience stores, online stores, supermarkets and other outlets contain a large amount of nicotine. Gross.
Now, adults, your kids will try to argue that Juuling is safer than smoking the real deal. Yes, Juuls and other e-cigarettes are seemingly less toxic than the incendiary tobacco commodity. Though this may be true, using e-cigarettes has shown to increase the probability of smoking cigarettes, which happens to be the leading cause of death and lung disease in our country.
A new consensus report written by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine called “Public Health Consequence of E-Cigarettes” states there is evidence that using Juul or other e-cigarettes creates and increases the risk of tobacco use among young adults. In December 2017, another consensus report made by the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences found that young people who vape are more than four times as likely to begin smoking actual cigarettes within 18 months of their peers who do not vape. Now, isn’t that a doozy?
To conclude this eye-opener, parents, please be aware of what your children are doing. I’m no snitch, but Juuling isn’t really safe.
And to students, Juuling isn’t cool. If you really want something with a fruity flavor, just go buy some fruit. I promise it’s healthier and cheaper. There are better things to put your time, effort and money toward.
Myaaja Coley is a senior at Hunt High School.