Ah, JUUL. It's not a precious stone or crystal, although it is pronounced like one. JUUL is the name of one company that makes many vaporizers. Its tagline is: The Smoking Alternative, unlike any E-Cigarette or Vape. And they position themselves as anti-cigarette smoking, and decidedly for adults. But the trends born across the country, challenge that. Juuling among kids is where it's at. And yes, anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from purchasing nicotine or tobacco products under New Hampshire state law.
To bring the scope out a bit, JUUL is a pod based vape device.
What Is a vape device?
Vape devices are also called e-cigarettes, mods, vapes, JUULs, e-cigs, or ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems). There are many unknowns surrounding vapes and vape safety. Recent research suggests that there may be serious health consequences for people who vape. The aerosol/vapor inhaled by users from vapes and e-cigarettes is not harmless. It contains chemicals that are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Most e-cigarettes and vapes contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug. Use of products containing nicotine in any form among youth, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe.
Back to JUULs: They are newer to the market (spun out into its own company in 2017 from PAX Labs, an American electronic cigarette company which itself was founded in 2007 and one JUUL pod contains the equivalent of 200 puffs on a cigarette (or an entire pack).
According to vape360.com, a JUUL "is perfect for any vaper who needs a stealthier solution. It uses 0.7 mL pods, prefilled with 5% salt-based nicotine. It also utilizes a patented temperature control system to provide powerful and consistent flavor." "Stealthy" solutions, such as the JUUL, are not only leading to increased use of JUUL by teenagers, but increased use of JUULing by teenagers in class.
According to a Nov. 17, 2017 article in the Exonian, Phillips Exeter Academy's student newspaper headlined Students JUUL Despite Risk Of Addiction despite being against the law to purchase a vaporizer, teenagers can get around this by bringing them from home, where stores might sell them to underage teens, or having 18-year-old upperclassmen buy for them.
There are any number of articles on the internet with titles such as What You Should Ask Your Kid About Juuling, (They'll tell you lots of kids are doing it, that a JUUL can fit in the palm of your hand, that kids are exhaling the vapor down their sleeves right in class, that it looks like a USB flash drive) but we're asking you to also tell them some things:
- Juuling is not good for you
- While you're not smoking a cigarette, a JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.
- Purchase/possession/use of e-cigarettes or liquid nicotine by persons under age 18 is prohibited in the state of New Hampshire (LINK: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/X/126-K/126-K-6.htm)
- According to JUUL, when you do choose to dispose of a JUUL device, "JUUL should be treated as any other consumer electronic device, such as a cell phone. We suggest following your city's local recommendations for disposing of a lithium-polymer rechargeable battery." Do you know how to properly dispose of a lithium-polymer rechargeable battery? It's not that easy, and our planet won't thank you either way.
Are we focusing on JUUL unfairly? According to April 24, 2018 article FDA Cracks Down on JUUL E-cigarettes Popular in Schools, "JUUL sales have exploded over the past two years, with the brand now accounting for 55 percent of the U.S. market for e-cigarettes, according to industry figures. That makes it more popular than Marlboros are among traditional cigarettes."
We're not picking on JUUL, we're simply asking parents to learn and enquire about juuling, something their high schoolers are already too familiar with.
Partnership for a Drug-Free NH has a pamphlet about Vaping and E-Cigarettes (http://www.drugfreenh.org/images/pdf/Vaping-Ecigs-Web.pdf) to help educate you about best discussing them with your children.