Juuling is the latest smoking craze to hit college campuses. Juuls are a type of vaporizer designed to be so discreet that most people don’t know there an e-cigarette, making it easy for students to pass them off as flash drives in class. But just how safe are these trendy e-cigs?
With vaping on the rise, parents are worrying about “Juuling,” a trendy new vape system that’s becoming popular on college campuses and high schools.
According to a new report in Women’s Health, the Juul is so small, students can plug them into their laptops for a charge while passing them off as flash drives.
Juuling is described in the University of Illinois’ independent student newspaper as an epidemic “sweeping across campus.”
But Juul pods and other e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, according to the American Lung Association. The organization points out that, “Nicotine is an addictive substance that can have negative health impacts, including on adolescent brain development.”
Dr. Donna Shelley, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Tobacco Cessation Program told Fox News, “The effect on the brain is concerning because we don’t want them developing an addiction, and then there’s some neuropsychiatric concern that they would be more likely to use other drugs and develop some mental health issues.”
Shelley explained how vaping is a safer alternative to combustible tobacco. “Like methadone is a form of harm reduction for heroine, you’re still getting your nicotine, but getting it safely,” she said.
The Juul Labs website states that the company “strongly” condemns the use of their product by underage users. “It is in fact illegal to sell our product to minors,” they warn.