Various studies have already reported that vaping is on the rise among U.S. teens. More recently, it has come to our attention that teens are more inclined to use Juul e-cigarettes, one of the more famous brands around, rather than other e-cigarettes. This is because a new version has been released that resembles a USB stick, and is much easier to conceal.
The biggest issue with this specific model is that it uses prefilled pods that contain a much higher concentration of nicotine than any other e-cigarette available. Due to this, there is a much higher chance for the user to become addicted.
A study was conducted on 500 teens in various California high schools to see how many of them used Juul e-cigarettes, other e-cigarettes, and how many of them used regular cigarettes. 16 percent of the students reported that they were “Juuling”, a term students use when talking about vaping with these devices. Half of them also reported that they vaped within the last 30 days.
Unfortunately, if this is extrapolated to a larger scale the information becomes much more frightening. The fact that the chance of nicotine dependence developing in these teens is higher does not help either. Using Juul e-cigarettes to vape creates an even higher risk of addiction than any other form of nicotine or tobacco products. The problem is that the teens developing brains suffer much higher consequences than any other group.
Nicotine abuse has been proven to cause lifelong issues, and now, with the amount of nicotine that can be put in these liquids being as high as it is, the damage that can occur is at an all-time high. The fact that these vaping devices are poorly regulated on the market and the fact that almost anyone can buy them is even more cause for concern. A change needs to be made in the regulation of these products and it needs to happen soon. If the studies are correct, what would you do if you found out your teenager is vaping?