Originally marketed as a replacement for cigarettes, Juuls and other vaping products have left people in a cloud of uncertainty.
“Don’t vape, don’t use Juul. Don’t start using nicotine if you don’t have a preexisting relation with nicotine, don’t use the product,” Kevin Burns, the CEO of the e-cigarette company said on Aug. 29 during an interview with “CBS This Morning.”
Each Juul pod is between 3-5% nicotine, one pod is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes. Pods are sold in a four pack at the cost of $20, and while cheaper than four packs of cigarettes, the damages are still being discovered.
Sophomore Addison (Boogie) Phillips started vaping his senior year in high school, but had only smoked a few cigarettes before. His friend bought a vape and it fell into his possession.
“I think it causes so many more issues than cigarettes because I see people who will hit a Juul, but never in their life would they be like, ‘Oh, give me a cigarette,’” Phillips said. “I think it’s more harmful because of the fact that people do it inside, like usually people go outside to smoke a cigarette or something, but since they can smoke it anywhere and everywhere, they just do it a lot more.”
One of the biggest problems with the Juul industry is that kids and young people with access to them are developing severe health issues across the country.
Chance Ammirata, an 18 year old from Miami, believed Juuls were safe and used them for recreation until he was brought to the emergency room for a collapsed lung in early August. Ammirata’s lungs were spotted with black dots, which his doctor attributed to his use of Juuls, according to an article in the “New York Post.”
As of Aug. 23, 2019 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recorded 193 cases of lung disease that are potentially linked to e-cigarette use in 22 states across the U.S.
According to CBS This Morning, the Juul company is partnering with retail sellers of the product to install an age safe technology to prevent people under 21 from purchasing. Among changes that have already taken place related to e-cigarettes is the removal of flavored Juul pods, such as fruit and creme, mango and cucumber, from shelves, due to their targeting toward young people, specifically middle-school and high-school aged kids.
The use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, such as Juuls, is a growing trend among young people, but the long term effects remain unknown.