What’s a Juul?

What’s a Juul?

Increased education on the numerous harmful effects of smoking cigarettes has forced the tobacco industry to find new ways to recruit the next generation of smokers. In 2017, a device called the Juul swept across U.S. stores – and it has begun silently addicting our youth.

What is a Juul?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Juul is a battery powered e-cigarette that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an inhalable aerosol. This device is often mistaken for a flash drive and is so easy to hide that it has even made its way to high school and college classrooms.

Why is it bad?

According to the CDC, one Juul “pod” contains the nicotine equivalent to 20 regular cigarettes. One pod has about 200 puffs, and new users can easily go through two to three pods per week.

The Juul’s deceptive looks and enticing flavors may not seem as obviously dangerous as regular cigarettes, but the CDC says e-cigarette abuse can lead to devastating lasting effects such as high risk for nicotine addiction, increased chance of smoking regular cigarettes, impaired brain development and problems with attention, learning, mood and impulse control.

“We don’t know right now what some of the vapors are doing to users,” says Dr. James Nevin, vice-president of medical management at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill. “Vaping is not a tobacco substitute.”

What can be done?

Some lawmakers are calling for regulations around product flavors that may entice more youth to try them.

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Lauryn Oleson
Lauryn Oleson

Lauryn Oleson is a public affairs intern at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill. She studies public relations with a focus in psychology at Illinois State University. As a Bloomington native, Lauryn grew to love health and wellness by learning from her mom, Carolyn, who is a registered nurse at BroMenn. Lauryn enjoys playing sports, spending time with friends and volunteering for Young Hearts for Life. She hopes to continue her career in PR and health care in the future.