By now, you’ve probably heard of vaping or smoking an e-cigarette. While both are thought to be safer than smoking traditional cigarettes, they’re certainly not 100% risk-free. Most e-cigarette products contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance.
There are so many vaporizers these days that it’s hard to even keep track: E-cigarettes, vaporizers, e-hookahs, e-cigars, and e-pens…and now? There are Juuls. And these are definitely the worst of the bunch.
And they’re unfortunately the newest dangerous craze among adolescents.
What are Juuls?
Juuls are a small vaping device that was invented by two Stanford graduate students back in 2007. It’s now the best-selling e-cigarette on the market, capturing 32 percent of the market share, according to Nielsen data.
The Juul device heats the nicotine juice, which creates a vapor, and is then inhaled by the user. They come in a wealth of flavors including crème brulee, cool cucumber, and mango.
Juuling at schools
Juuls are especially popular among teens and college-aged students, even though the buying age is 21+. (Rumor has it those under the age of 21 are getting it from of-age friends, or using a fake age to order them online with a prepaid debit card.) Also, the starter kit only costs about $50, so it’s not impossible for young people to afford.
Juuls appeal to students because of their shape—they’re so small. It consists of a long, slim vaporizer that’s able to fit in the palm of their hand, and disposable “pods” of nicotine juice that are inserted into the vaporizer.