*This JUULING E-Cigarettes article is sponsored by ConsumerSafety.org. But all opinions are expressly my own.
I will never forget the first time I saw someone doing it. My husband and I were walking from the parking lot to the store door.
See standing outside the door was a couple of young boys holding what looked like a small black device. They were putting it to their mouths. Smoke proceeded to stream out. The smoke smelled fruity and sweet.
My first thought was that it reminded me of cigarettes minus the cigarette and the foul smell of cigarette smoke.
As we walked away, both my husband and I shared how we thought that this newfound smoking device while intriguing couldn’t be healthy.
I mean I am a big believer that anything that you put into your body that is a foreign substance can only do some harm.
Since that fateful day, I learned that these kids were smoking JUUL E-Cigarettes. These e-cigarettes are also known by many as vaping or JUULING.#ad Are you a teen or tween parent? Are you concerned about JUUL E-Cigarettes? Then, check out this article to learn all you need to know about them here now.
By the way, see back then, my girls were still relatively young. But now, my oldest is already a tween.
Plus, I also recently read a scary statistic for teens and JUULING.
See a 2017 report from the CDC found that 3 out of every 100 middle school students and 12 out of every 100 high school students reported using electronic cigarettes.
My girl is almost in middle school. Therefore, she could easily fall into this statistic. However, my husband and I very much believe in the power of open communication. So, we have already spoken in depth about the dangers of e-cigarettes and JUULING or vaping with both our girls.
If you are a tween or teen parent, then you will also want to educate yourself on JUUL E-Cigarettes. Lawsuits have even been filed against JUUL, claiming the company intentionally advertised its products to younger users.
So, read on how to find out the five things that all parents should know about JUULING.
5 Things Every Teen Parent Needs to Know about JUUL E-Cigarettes or JUULING
1. Nicotine is the main ingredient.
Nicotine is a chemical found in the leaves of the tobacco plant. Moreover, nicotine and tobacco are highly addictive, especially for adolescents, and even the smallest of doses can impair their health. One JUUL pod contains around 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine, an equivalency of up to two packs of traditional cigarettes.
Each JUUL pod contains 40 mg/mL of Nicotine; according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, this is “double the concentration of nicotine found in other e-cigarettes.” Moreover, JUUL pods sold in the U.S. contain three times the nicotine permitted in the European Union.
2. Glycerine, Propylene Glycol and, Benzoic Acid are also in JUUL Pods.
Glycerine is safe for most adults as it is a naturally occurring colorless, odorless liquid chemical. Its non-toxic and sweet-tasting characteristics contribute to the various flavors of the pods.
Propylene Glycol is an odorless, colorless, synthetic liquid that helps absorb water. The FDA has deemed this chemical as an additive that is “generally classified as safe,” but there remains a need for additional research to determine its effects on humans. However, studies analyzing the health effects of glycol-based theatrical fog are linked to acute and chronic respiratory effects.
Benzoic Acid is commonly added to food and beverages as a preservative. While the FDA has not officially deemed benzoic acid safe for consumption, it is used frequently in manufactured products to inhibit the growth of both bacteria and fungi.
3. Extracts and flavors are also added to JUUL Pods.
The specific ingredients of this additive are not shared publicly by JUUL, but a 2018 study in Pediatrics found that tobacco and fruity e-cigarette flavors contain high amounts of cancer-causing chemicals.
4. JUUL Pods are very addictive.
E-cigarettes “go down smoother” due to a lack of tar and other harmful substances that traditional cigarettes contain. This usage plays a significant role in their addictiveness. Plus, according to a recent study, nicotine primes the brain to make harder drugs like cocaine seem more rewarding.
5. There are many short and long-term side effects of JUUL Pods.
Short-term side effects include as follows:
● Dry mouth, bleeding gums, bloody nostrils, and/or coughing.
● Dizziness, trouble sleeping and/or dry, irritated eyes.
● Scaly or dry skin, which can cause itchiness.
● Elevated heart rate and blood pressure.
Long-term side effects also are as follows:
● Breakdown of lung tissue and even lung disease.
● Long lasting effects on brain development making it harder to concentrate, learn and control impulses.
Now that you are more educated where JUUL E-Cigarettes are concerned, I am hopeful you will now also have a frank and open conversation with your teen about this crucial and timely issue.
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