Written by Rosebelle Toledo
With vape culture on the rise, teens are easily exposed to different methods of smoking such as the use of electronic cigarettes, also more commonly known as e-cigarettes. While these devices are typically marketed to help adult smokers quit the act of smoking, the JUUL is one of the largest delivers of nicotine to adolescents today. JUULing and its effect has been a cause of a widespread debate between users and nonusers – in which users claim it is a safer habit and less destructive than actual cigarettes, while nonusers argue it poses substantial health risks overtime.
I, for one, believe in the latter argument. Although JUULing does prevent exposure to harsher chemicals found in regular cigarettes and other tobacco products, we cannot ignore the fact that the amount of nicotine of one JUUL pod is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes, as well as the fact that users usually use multiple pods a day. That is to say, the exposure of these large amounts of nicotine can cause nicotine dependence. Already some health professionals have used the term “gateway drug” since JUULing can lead to future addictions of more harmful drugs. In addition, inhaling considerable amounts of nicotine can have other adverse effects that prove to be detrimental in adolescent brains that have not yet been fully developed, including harming parts of the brain that deal with impulse control. Another negative matter that deals with JUULing is the fact that it is common for users to share their JUUling devices. This can result in the transfer of many orally transmitted diseases between users.
While the act of hitting a JUUL and using e-cigarettes are becoming trends in today’s society, the JUUL is anything but consequence-free. Therefore, I strongly advise that anyone who wants to follow this destructive trend as a method of stimulating a sense of euphoria or feelings alike, should consider the long-term ramifications it will cause. As illnesses and deaths linked to vaping continue to rise, I urge students to stop the use of e-cigarettes.