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As consumers, and parents, it’s important to know the facts about JUULing. Unfortunately, you may be experiencing a learning curve as I was when first hearing about this. I had never heard of this before. You hear about e-cigerettes and vaping. But, you may not realize these products are no safer than using regular cigarettes. And, what’s worse is these products attract youth to start using opening up risk to many side effects. Both short and long term.
What is JUULing?
A JUUL is a type of e-cigarette that came out on the market and gained popularity with young people in the past two years. The device is made up of a E-Liquid Pod holding nicotine salts, propylene gylcol, and coil heater. It is powered with a lithium battery. It looks like a flash drive and even can be charged in a laptop USB. And because of this, these e-cigarettes might not be recognized by concerned parents.
A JUUL pod holds the same amount of nicotine as up to 2 packs of cigarettes. The propylene gycol has been linked to acute and chronic respiratory effects. Studies have found their fruit flavoring to contain dangerous amounts of cancer-causing chemicals.
Short Term Hazards
Users of JUUL pods may experience a number of side effects. It would be smart to consider these risks before trying these. And, smart for parents to keep a lookout for these symptoms:
- Dry mouth
- Dry skin
- Dry eyes
- Insomnia (mainly a quitting side
- Bleeding gums
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
Long Term Side Hazards
- Deterioration of lung tissue
- Effects on brain development
- Lung disease
- Chronic bronchitis
- Insulin resistance
The ease of use of JUULing makes it difficult for the user to restrain themselves from over using. One study found that 3 out of 100 middle schoolers and 12 out of 100 high schoolers are using e-cigarettes. Their use of these puts them at a 30% risk of moving over to traditional cigarettes.
And another study has found that nicotine prepares the brain to enjoy using harder drug like cocaine more rewarding. As you can see that thinking e-cigarettes are a okay is far from true. It’s important as consumers and parents that we be smart about what we put into our bodies and how we educate our children about products like these. Share about this with your family and friends with this handy info graphic below.