Just Think: Vaping causes health risks; FDA announces steps to reduce teen use

As the use of e-cigarettes (called vaping) has increased, so has the risk of more teens becoming addicted to nicotine, the active ingredient in e-cigarettes. 

In particular, with its cool design, Juul has helped popularize vaping among teens. Juul now makes up 68 percent of the $2 billion e-cigarette market. Juuling has become a hot new trend among teens and young adults.

According to the Surgeon General, in addition to nicotine, Juuls contain the following: 

  • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead.
  • Volatile organic compounds like benzene, which is found in car exhaust.
  • Nicotine, affecting brain development, which is not complete until age 25.

Here are some healthy ways to take your mind off Juuling.

  • Chew gum
  • Take a walk 
  • Find new ways to socialize
  • Change your daily routine

The FDA has announced steps to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among teens. Click here to read a story published in Education Week on November 15.  

Click here for a six-minute video about Juuling to watch with your teen: med.stanford.edu/tobaccopreventiontoolkit/E-Cigs/ECigUnit6.html