Vaping has been around for a decade; however, in 2017 there has been a new addition to this industry called the Juul. It’s so recent that doctors, teachers and students alike are unsure of the health risks that come with it.
The inhalation of vapor through an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other device is classified as vaping. A Juul is another version of an e-cigarette that people can use to vape at only 9cm long and 1.5cm thick. “It can also be used by more experienced vapers who are looking for a [sneaky way to] vape, given the Juul’s minuscule size,” according to vapor360. com.
The Juul’s emergence on the market has evoked some questions on the negative effects of using one. To understand this, users have to know what exactly is inside the vapor or “juice” they are ingesting. Every Juul contains a flavor pod that is 0.7 mL of juice and 5 percent nicotine.
“E-cigarettes are batterypowered devices that heat a liquid — usually containing nicotine mixed with the chemicals propylene glycol and glycerin,” livescience.com said. Dr. Ellen Tamburello, MD discussed that the Juul hasn’t been around long enough to know what the long term effect these ingredients have on users. However, nicotine’s impact on the body is nothing new.
“Generally the health risks aren’t similar to cigarettes... but you’re breathing a lot of things that aren’t air. You know, chemicals into your lungs, including nicotine, which is addictive,” Dr. Tamburello said.
Reports show how e-cigarettes affect the brain, lungs, heart, and immune system all of which are due to the nicotine inside them. Students using the Juul may not want to overlook this information.
WebMD said that nicotine cases, “rapid, shallow breathing, permanent lung damage and a higher risk of lung disease.” It also affects the heart making, “your heart rate and blood pressure go up.”
The long-term effect of nicotine may cause some serious health problems but vape specialists are still unsure of the long term effects that the “juice” will have on one’s lungs. Short term effects are easier to identify.
An anonymous junior student who uses Juul’s said, “[They make me feel] light headed mostly, but also great.”
Other short-term effects are dizziness, throat and head pain and an overproduction of saliva. So why is it such a big trend for students?
“Everybody else was so I joined in,” anonymous junior student said. No matter what the motivation for a student to use a Juul, a fact that will remain consistent is that they are under-aged. In order to legally obtain a Juul, one must be 21 years of age or older in the state of Ohio.
“I ordered it myself from juulvapor.com. It’s much easier [to purchase] than people think,” anonymous junior student said.
To buy a juul online, there is only one obstacle: a page asking buyers to verify their age. All a student would have to do is click the 21 years or older button to unlock the website.
Principal Dr. Kathy McFarland, has emphasized that using substances such as the Juul on campus isn’t allowed and if caught with one on campus it’s a 10 day suspension.
“I saw it at [homecoming], sometimes up in the football stands. You’ll see the cloud of smoke. It has a very fruity smell. And then in school by the smell sometimes,” McFarland said.
The Juul’s increasing popularity may be influenced by its appeal to the younger generation. However, due to the minimal amount of information on this device no one knows if they could be potentially life threatening. All anyone can say to users of age or otherwise is to proceed with caution.