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Tobacco & Other Drugs

E-Cigarettes (also known as Vaping or Juuling)

In just three years on the market, JUUL, a new type of e-cigarette, has become so popular among young people that it has already amassed nearly half of the e-cigarette market share. The product's quick rise in popularity prompted The Boston Globe to call it "the most widespread phenomenon you’ve likely never heard of."

JUUL Facts

  • The nicotine amounts in e-cigarettes are often higher than in regular cigarettes. According to JUUL (2018), each pod contains between 40 mg to 59 mg of nicotine which is the equivalent to a pack of cigarettes.
  • A reduction in prefrontal cortex activity and negative impacts on memory and concentration can occur as a result of vaping (Watson, 2018).
  • Carcinogen is deposited deeper into the lungs as a result of vaping, and biopsies reveal that changes in lung tissue occurred among individuals who vape chronically (Watson, 2018).
  • Metals (nickel, chromium, lead, and manganese) which are released when the heating coil is activated may cause damage to lung tissue (Watson, 2018).
  • Vaping the chemical diacetyl can cause bronchiolitis obliterans which is irreversible and serious scarring of the bronchioles (American Lung Association, 2018).
  • The risk of addiction is heightened among youth who use nicotine during adolescence and harmful effects on the developing brain may occur (DHHS, 2016).
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