When people hear the word “epidemic,” they usually think of a rapidly spreading medical disease. Unfortunately, this is a word that can perfectly describe how JUULs are having an impact on West Virginia schools.
The word epidemic can be defined as an infectious disease that spreads rapidly in one place at a certain time, and this is exactly what is happening.
A JUUL is a type of e-cigarette that looks like a USB drive, but is sleek, allowing it to be hidden very easily. Each cartridge’s nicotine level is equal to an entire pack of traditional cigarettes. Multiple studies show that nicotine use during teen years causes lasting damage to the brain. According to the University of Michigan’s 2016 Monitoring the Future study, most young adults think that an e-cigarette contains flavoring only, and many others have no clue what they are inhaling.
JUUL is advertised as an alternative for cigarette-smoking adults. Although this is how the company advertises its intentions, it offers flavors like créme brûlée, mint and mango. All of these are proven to appeal to young people and make tobacco seem more reasonable to use. Young adults that use forms of e-cigarettes are much more likely to start smoking cigarettes than their peers who do not.
While some teens using JUULs and other e-cigarettes may be aware of the health risks they are being exposed to, most teens just find it as a “harmless” and fun thing to do with friends. If you google the word “JUUL,” under the company’s name it says “Tobacco company.”
For decades, we have heard about big tobacco companies and how they want to take advantage of the poor and youth community. Well, JUUL also falls under this category, but it has become such a routine for some that it has been written off as not dangerous.
JUULs are very hazardous to people’s health, especially young adults with developing brains. As this gets more and more popular, the less people are concerned about the health issues involved with it and the more people just want to hang out and have a JUUL. Teens need to be educated on JUULs and how they can hurt their development before it is too late.