What are the real risks of JUULing?

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“JUULing”, the use of a small, USB-like e-cigarette containing highly concentrated amounts of nicotine, has become a popular trend among high school students this year.

    Vapes, a device that works by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol, or “vapor” that contains different levels of nicotine, were originally designed to help the fight against cigarette addiction. When purchasing a vape, consumers are also given the opportunity to purchase capsules in varying flavors and nicotine percentages. Ideally, vapes are used to help smokers quit without the painful withdrawal and mood swings. When using a vape you can continuously lower the nicotine content within the capsules until your body weens itself away entirely. Vapes also have nicotine-free juices or capsules, the oils that contain the nicotine and flavors, so you get the feel of smoking without the usual consequences to your health.

    While vapes are made to help people quit smoking, e-cigarettes are not. E-cigarettes were made to give you the same effect and feel of smoking except without all the extra added chemicals in tobacco. They also “do not contain carcinogens such as arsenic and vinyl chloride. Additionally, there is not secondhand smoke associated with vaping.”

    While both of these options are safer and have less health risks than traditional cigarettes, there are still risks associated with nicotine consumption.

    JUUL is a fairly new e-cig brand; it’s gained a huge amount of popularity due to its sleek and small design. The JUUL has gained most of its popularity from underaged students, and unlike vapes or other e-cigs it’s easy to conceal.

    But what exactly are you putting into your body with every hit from a JUUL or E-cig? The main ingredient in a JUUL cartridge is nicotine. There’s about 59 mg/mL of Nicotine within one cartridge which is the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes. Other ingredients are glycerol, propylene glycol, natural oils, extracts and flavor, and benzoic acid. Most of these are harmless but propylene glycol and nicotine are highly addictive chemicals. While propylene has been considered a safe substance to consume, its found in various toxic waste sites and has long term effects on our environment. Do you really want that in your body?

    The effects of nicotine in general, without all of the extra chemicals in traditional cigarettes, e-cig liquid, vape juice and JUUL cartridges, takes a huge toll on your body.      

    To continue, pushing health risks aside, there’s also the issue with JUULing from a legal standpoint. Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from smoking, and there’s a reason for that. Under the age of 18-25 your body is still developing, nicotine consumption stunts brain development, lung development and your overall body growth

    By the age of 18 you’re considered an adult and have the ability to make the right choices. JUULing or smoking within high schools has become a nationwide issue, kids who are involved with scholarships, sports and have future plans can find themselves losing all of their hard work if they’re caught Juuling or vaping within school property. Is it worth that risk as well?

    While consuming nicotine isn’t good for your health and it is very addictive, people use it as a self medicated destressor. Much like alcohol, people use it as a clutch, a way to rid themselves of their stress and relax. Nicotine is a depressor, much like alcohol, it slows down the mind and allows it to relax. Teens with stressful situations, veterans from any traumatic war, or anyone one else dealing with high stress can find themselves using nicotine to cope and take a breather. Even though it’s not a healthy benefiting destressor, it’s easy to get your hands on.

    In conclusion, nicotine consumption isn’t a good thing to get involved in, its addictive and the health risks are extensive. There are healthier ways to destress and still get that “smoking feeling”. A vape without nicotine, or water vapor devices give you the same feel but without the nicotine.