What is Vaping?
Vaping, also known as JUULing, has become increasingly popular among youth in middle school and high school. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. E-cigarettes are battery-powered and deliver nicotine through a liquid (called e-juice), which turns into a vapor when using the devices. The liquid comes in flavors, such as mint, fruit, and bubble gum, which appeal to kids. Many people believe the e-juice contains only water and flavor and unaware that it contains nicotine, therefore, they may think vaping is less dangerous than using other tobacco products, such as cigarettes. The amount of nicotine in the liquid can be the same or even more than the amount found in cigarettes.
Many types of e-cigarettes are available, but one popular brand is JUUL. JUUL is becoming more prevalent with youth in middle and high school because of its small size, and it looks like a USB device and can be hidden and used discretely.
E-cigarettes and vaporizers, are battery-operated devices that are used to inhale aerosol which contains nicotine, flavorings, and other unsafe chemicals. They can range in size from a standard pen to a large cigar and are used to inhale heated nicotine, propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, along with other substances, and blow out the vapor.
What is a Juul?
Juuls are a type of e-cigarette, discreetly designed to go unnoticed. Resembling USB drives, Juul devices work by heating up a liquid cartridge called a "pod" that contains oils and other chemicals that make vapor to be inhaled. According the Juul manufacturer, one pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.
Along with nicotine, e-cigarettes contain other harmful ingredients including heavy metals such as lead, nickel, and tin, as well as flavorings with chemicals linked to lung disease.
In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Surgeon General called e-cigarette use by our nation's youth an "epidemic" and warned that it threatens decades of progress towards making sure fewer young people use tobacco. A year later? It doesn't seem as if the obsession among teens has slowed down.
The FDA reported in 2018 that there was a 75 percent increase in use among teens in 2018 compared to 2017.