The use of e-cigarettes among children has become an epidemic according to the CDC. In 2018, more than 3.6 million US students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. Most contain nicotine and can increase the likelihood of using regular cigarettes in the future.
JUULs were released back in 2015 and quickly became the top-selling brand in the US. A single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes. Scientists are in the process of studying the e-cigarettes’ long-term health effects.
“What I tell the kids, when I speak with them is, I say, ‘Look. You guys are the guinea pigs. We don’t know what we’re going to find out in 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, because they are so new,'” says Liz Bonney, Tobacco Education and Prevention Coordinator at Lake Region District Health Unit.
She adds that her goal is to arm people with information to help people quit the habit or never pick it up in the first place.