Are Your Children/Grandchildren Going to be a Statistic of the Vaping Epidemic

When you mention the words “Vaping”, “Juul” or “Juuling” some people have no idea what you are talking about. Juul is the brand name of a type of e-cigarette. The use of this device has become known as “Juuling”. Juul and other vaping/e-cigarette devices are being used at epidemic proportions by our youth. According to the most recent PA Youth Survey from 2019, 21.9% of Blair County Youth, between 6th and 12th grade, are vaping or using e-cigarettes.

Juul and a newer device, a disposable device called “Puff Bar”, have a similar appearance to a USB drive, it’s discreet, and some light up when you use it. The device is battery powered and some come in fruity and other flavors that appeal to youth.

The myth is that e-cigarettes are “safe” or “harmless”. You be the judge!

One Juul pod, according to the manufacturer, contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. In reality, a pack of cigarettes contains 1.28% nicotine and one Juul pod contains 5% nicotine. Nicotine exposure to this extent during adolescence can harm development of the brain. These devices have also been found to contain chemicals, which cause irreversible lung damage. There is little to no FDA oversight of the manufacturing of these products – which means there is no oversight regarding their potentially harmful ingredients.

These devices have been referred to as “Big Tobacco 2.0”. Altria, one of the world’s largest cigarette makers, bought 35% of Juul for 12.8 billion dollars. Juul was projected to make 38 billion dollars last year. Puff Bar sales have consistently been over $3 million a week since April (with youth being out of school), with volumes now over 300,000 sticks per week.

If you would like more information about these products or resources available to educate and prevent their use, please contact the Lung Disease Foundation of Central PA at
814-946-2845 x 200 or visit our website at lungdiseasefoundation.org.

Ageless Magazine for all Seasons | Fall 2020

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