Parent Information & FAQ about Juul’s

Dear Parents,

There is a new JUUL Vaporizer on the market that is dangerous and is being heavily marketed towards children.  JUULS are illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase but we know that our students have access to these vaporizers. I am sending the information out below to inform you of what a JUUL is so that you can be aware and have conversations with your child about them as you see fit. Please feel free to contact any administrator at 727-724-1400 if you have questions or would like further conversation on this topic.

What is a Juul?

The JUULvaporizer has regulated temperature control and uses nicotine salts as found in the tobacco leaf rather than free-base nicotine, unlike standard e-cigarettes.  Juul devices heat up a cartridge contatining an oil which creates vapor

Because it's referred to as Juuling, not smoking or vaping, some students may think what they're doing is harmless, said Pamela Ling, a professor at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. "They may not even know it contains nicotine." The odor Juuls produce is subtle and could easily be mistaken for a lotion or body spray.

The Juul consists of a long, slim vaporizer and disposable “pods” of nicotine juice. The pods come in flavors such as mango, creme brulee and cucumber. Some call the Juul the “iPhone of vapes” because of its sleek and minimalistic design. It charges on a laptop or other USB port.  It looks like a USB port, a pen, or a highlighter.

 

 

 What Does It Feel Like to Juul?

One anonymous 15-year-old describes it like this: The first time was in the lunchroom. Everyone else was hitting it and I was like “alright, I want to try that.” I guess I knew there was nicotine in it, but I had no idea that it had so much. When I hit it for the first time it was, like, really crazy. I felt a really big buzz off of barely anything.

It hurt my throat more than anything else I’ve done. I hit it and coughed immediately. At first it was just fun and it was something that you could do anywhere. It’s so easy. Then it just became something I was doing nonstop, but I still felt a buzz. Now, I go crazy if I don’t have it. I don’t even feel a buzz anymore.

How Much Nicotine Does It Contain?

Each pod has about the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, or 200 puffs. Specifically, the nicotine concentration is 59 mg/mL per pod, which can be more than double that of other vaping products. It gives users a strong, fast punch.

How Can You Tell if Your Teen Is Juuling?

Signs of general e-cigarette use include increased thirst (the propylene glycol in the devices can cause dry mouth), a new sensitivity to caffeine and possible nosebleeds.

It’s important to start a conversation with your teens about e-cigarettes, whether you suspect they are using them on not. With the Juul, you might open with a general, nonthreatening question—“Hey, I just read about this thing. What have you heard about it?”—and see what they say. Explain the serious health risks of e-cigarettes (remember phlegm, nosebleeds, lung problems, a messed-up brain, and addiction, just to name a handful). If your son or daughter is vaping, let them know that you do not approve, and work with them to replace the unhealthy behavior with a positive one. E-cigarettes contain more than fun, fruity flavors, and when teenagers use them, there may be lasting consequences.