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