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Schools and Parents Fight a Juul e-Cigarette Epidemic

I have been ranting about e-cigarettes, vaping, and Juuling for quite some time, so the fact that both Time Magazine and The Wall Street Journal have published articles in the last week about teen use of Juuls actually makes me happy. This is a trend that has taken parents and educators (AND many physicians) completely off guard. We have made such enormous strides in recent decades in terms of decreased rates of teen smoking. Enter the sleek, hip-looking Juul, with it's delicious flavors. Perfectly discreet to use, and marketed as a safe alternative to smoking. OF COURSE kids are going to be drawn to this trend. Nicotine is highly addictive, especially in teenage brains. Studies show that teens who vape are more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes, and recent research demonstrates cancer-causing chemicals in the urine of people who vape compared to those who do not. We don't know what the long-term health effects of Juuls or other vaping systems/ e-cigarettes will be, but I am going on record as saying that this is not a benign trend.

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