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The Next Generation of Addicts

A new video created by a 17-year-old high school student sheds an eye-opening light on teens’ use of e-cigarettes, or what they call “juuling.” The video is the first from the organization “JUULERS Against JUUL“, which was also started by the student to raise money for “targeted PSA’s, youth talks across the country, and re-vamping of health curriculum.”

The term “juuling” derives from JUUL, a trendy vape pen that heats up liquid nicotine that users inhale. The pen has capsules, or pods, that come in a variety of flavors like “cool mint” and “fruit medley.”

JUUL stat

Here are a few quotes from teens in the video above:

  • “You couldn’t be caught dead with a cigarette right now if you’re a teenager, but with juuling, it’s cool to Juul.”
  • “Some of my friends have tried using cigarettes and it’s because they have been juuling, because they’re so used to juuling that they think it’s OK to use cigarettes.”
  • “These flavors are drawing them in and the nicotine is forcing them to stay.”
  • “I want to stop but the habit of juulig is just so intense.”
  • “The more people that know about the problem, the more people can take action and from there we can really make change.”
Repost from The LOOP: Health Equity in Tobacco Control

Original article from ABC News

Surgeon General: “Youth Vaping is a Public Health Threat”

2016 Surgeon General's Report: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults

Today U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy released a report titled “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General”. This is the first report to be issued by the Federal Government that comprehensively reviews the public health issue of e-cigarettes and the impact of these products on young people. The report focuses on the history, epidemiology, and health effects of e-cigarette use among youth and young adults; the companies involved with marketing and promoting these products; and existing and proposed public health policies regarding the use of these products by youth and young adults.

In addition to a comprehensive summary of the existing scientific evidence, the report ends with a Call to Action, which presents six goals and related strategies to guide efforts to reduce e-cigarette use among our nation’s young people. To achieve these goals, the report notes that we must work together – including individuals and families; civic and community leaders; public health and health care professionals; e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers; voluntary health agencies; researchers; and other stakeholders – to better understand e-cigarettes and their health consequences for youth and young adults.

It is the position of TFW that electronic cigarettes and vaping devices are “not harmless and too many teens are using them” as validated today by the comments of the Surgeon General. We have much work to do in order to stop the impact of the vaping industry and Big Tobacco on our youth. Will you join us?

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