Use of JUUL in schools widespread

Use of JUUL in schools widespread
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a JUUL device is discreet, easy to use and powerful. It is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is then inhaled.

                        

The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition is bringing awareness to a product that is continuing to grow in popularity among young people.

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among the nation’s middle and high school students. Specifically JUUL is a brand of E-cigarette that is becoming more appealing to young people. Some suspect this could be due to its USB-like structure, rechargeable ability, colorful cases and appealing flavors.

It is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is then inhaled. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a JUUL E-cigarette has a high level of nicotine, and a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.

Reports indicate a widespread use of JUUL by students in schools including classrooms and bathrooms. This is alarming, considering the known health risks associated with young people and tobacco use.

“The risk and health factors associated with tobacco use by adolescents are serious and can cause effects that last into adulthood,” ADC coordinator Jodi Salvo said. “It is important that as teachers, parents, guardians and community leaders, we continue to stay informed about current trends and fads among our young people to see success in keeping them on a healthy path.”

Evidence-based reports by the CDC support concerns surrounding the health risks associated with nicotine use during adolescence.

Additionally reports by the CDC indicate today’s youth are essentially the “guinea pigs” for JUUL and other E-cigarettes.

Other risks include reports of children and adults being poisoned by swallowing, breathing or absorbing E-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes.

More information on JUUL and E-cigarettes can be found via this PDF link from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/tobacco/infographics/youth/pdfs/e-cigarettes-usb-flash-508.pdf.

Information and resources for parents and guardians can be found at https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf.


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