What is JUUL®?
JUUL (pronounced jewel) is a brand of electronic cigarette (e-cig), or vaping device, used as an alternative to combustible cigarettes. The device uses “pods” pre-filled with e-liquid. The use of the device is often referred to as “JUULing”.
It is NOT A school supply.
Resembling a USB flash drive, a JUUL is charged using a USB port. This sleek design attracts youth and nearly 1 in 5 students ages 12 to 17 have seen JUUL used in schools. While e-cigarettes follow the same local, state, and federal regulations as cigarettes, kids are successful in purchasing e-cigs online 94% of the time.
It contains nicotine.
63% of JUUL users between 15 and 24 years old do not know the product always contains nicotine. A single JUULpod contains as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. Nicotine is highly addictive with known health effects. Youth and young adults are also uniquely at risk for long-term, long-lasting effects of exposing their developing brains to nicotine. These risks include nicotine addiction, mood disorders, and permanent lowering of impulse control. Nicotine also changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning.
This school year #WeDontPuff any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes like JUUL.
- American Academy of Family Physicians. (2018). Juuling Fact Sheet Physicians (AAFP Publication No. HOP18060954). Retrieved from http://www.aafp.org.