Waushara County Health News By Waushara County Health Department

JUUL: A pitfall for youth nicotine addiction

JUUL: A pitfall for youth nicotine addiction Reading the flavors Mango, Crème Brulee, and Fruit Medley might bring to mind lip balm or candles. These flavors might even bring back memories of your childhood. Unfortunately, these are e-liquid flavors, which are designed for e-cigarettes. While the idea of an e-cigarette-type machine was first documented in 1930, the first commercially successful e-cigarette (also known as vapes, hookahs, or mods) in the United States did not arrive until the late 2000’s. Since then, these products have been sold as the “healthier alternative” to traditional cigarettes or as a way to stop smoking. The problem with this marketing campaign is that e-cigarettes have not been approved by the FDA as a method to quit smoking. According to the CDC, 11.4-percent of e-cigarette users have never been regular cigarette smokers. The CDC states that, in the United States, the youth are more likely to use these products than adults, and more than two million middle and high-school children used e-cigarettes in 2017.

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