New Does Not Mean Better: JUUL
The JUUL is a new vaping device that has become extremely popular in high schools and college campuses. It is a more portable device than many other vapes and more discrete than e-cigarettes because of its small size. Although it was created for adults as an alternative to cigarettes, it is easily acquired by many underage smokers in the world.
The JUUL is a new kind of electronic cigarette. The system works through pods, where liquid is stored, heated and eventually turned into vapor. The liquid includes ”glycerol, propylene glycol, natural oils, extracts and flavor, nicotine and benzoic acid”. Some of the chemicals mentioned have been classified as “generally safe” by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, ingredients such as “extracts and flavor” have not been explicitly explained regarding their chemical composition. This allows for the possible truth that carcinogenic elements are present in the vaporizer. Furthermore, all JUUL pods contain some percentage of nicotine, which is a highly addictive drug that is classified as a toxic colorless or yellowish oily liquid and the chief active constituent of tobacco. Nicotine acts as a stimulant in small doses, but a blockade for the actions of autonomic nerve and skeletal muscle cells in large doses.
An extremely important characteristic of the JUUL that makes it more appealing than other vaporizers is that it is extremely small. The system can be easily covered when smoking and can be easily taken into institutions, such as schools, without anyone noticing. Furthermore, many people perceive the JUUL to be less harmful than cigarettes; however, overuse of the vaporizer can have the same dire effects as those of cigarettes.
Students in Brooklyn Technical High School are not excluded from the rapid increase in underage usage of the JUUL. Duke Yao’ 19, says, “The use of the JUUL is definitely a problem that needs to be addressed in the school. Too many students are using it and it does not belong in a learning environment”. Yao makes it clear that use of the JUUL is prevalent in Brooklyn Tech, and detrimental to not only users but also secondhand smokers. Additionally, Victor Skoczylas ’ 19 states “I have no right to say whether or not using a JUUL is good or bad, but in my opinion they seem unhealthy and not good for students”. The negative effects of the JUUL are prevalent, but it has not persuade the users to quit the bad habit. Therefore, the school community should take the initiative to raise awareness of this vaporizer to hinder its detrimental repercussions.