Don’t bring your JUUL back to school this year

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.

  1. American Academy of Family Physicians. (2018). Juuling Fact Sheet Physicians (AAFP Publication No. HOP18060954). Retrieved from



Don’t get tricked!!!

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Children and young adults usually go for the bright candy wrappers and the fruit flavors. We know this and so does Big Tobacco. So they are making addictive products look like candy.  Many people think flavored cigars and smokeless tobacco products are safer than regular cigarettes.

Let’s review some facts about flavored cigars and smokeless tobacco products.

  • All tobacco products contain nicotine
  • Nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth
  • Contains higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals
  • Contains more tar than cigarettes
  • The smoker and those around him or her are also exposed
    • carbon monoxide
    • ammonia
    • other substances

Source- National Cancer Institute

Don’t get tricked.

The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is here to help.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

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Teens & Ecigs


Appeal to Young People

Youth and young adults cite a variety of reasons for using e-cigarettes. These include:

  • Curiosity
  • Taste, including the flavors available in e-cigarettes
  • The belief that e-cigarettes are less harmful than other tobacco products

Flavored e-cigarettes are very popular, especially with young adults. More than 9 of 10 young adult e-cigarette users said they use e-cigarettes flavored to taste like menthol, alcohol, candy, fruit, chocolate, or other sweets. More than 8 of 10 youth ages 12-17 who use e-cigarettes said they use flavored e-cigarettes.

Teen Beliefs

Youth tobacco use in any form, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe. But a recent national survey showed that more than 6 of 10 American teens believe that e-cigarettes cause little or only some harm as long as they are used sometimes but not every day. Nearly 20% of young adults believe e-cigarettes cause no harm, more than half believe that they are moderately harmful, and 26.8% believe they are very harmful.

Young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to believe they cause no harm than those who have never used e-cigarettes.

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The Bottom Line

Nicotine exposure during adolescence, a critical period for brain development, can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.

Scientists are still learning more about how e-cigarettes affect health. However, there is already enough evidence to justify efforts to prevent e-cigarette use by young people.

Because most tobacco use starts during adolescence, actions to protect our nation’s young people from a lifetime of nicotine addiction are critical.

Working together, we can keep America’s youth and young adults safe from the dangers associated with tobacco use and nicotine addiction.

Source:  Get the Facts on E-cigarettes | Know the Risks: E-cigarettes & Young People | U.S. Surgeon General’s Report

Talk it out!!!

 April is National alcohol and substance abuse month. This is a month where organizations and individuals focus on bringing awareness and education to alcoholism and substance addiction. One of the most abused substances in today’s society is tobacco and tobacco related products. Take a moment to talk it out with your  child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Knowing the facts will help your child make healthy choices.

  Not sure what to say? Here is a help list below!
When you talk about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs:

  • Teach your child the facts.
  • Give your child clear rules.
  • Find out what your child already knows.
  • Be prepared to answer your child’s questions.
  • Talk with your child about how to say “no.”

The Shelby County Health Department would like to reinforce the conversation parents have started. #WeDontPuff is a youth tobacco prevention campaign that encourages youth to never start tobacco and/or tobacco products. If you are a leader of a youth group in Shelby County and want more information about #WeDontPuff contact Paul Richardson at (901) 222-9008.

Talking it out is also great for support quitting if you want to talk it out call the TN QUITLINE 1800QUITNOW