JUUL is something that has become a trendy accessory not only for young adults but also for teenagers. Although they look cool and sleek, and the flavors sound very appealing I don’t think that teenagers or even young adults really understand the health affects of JUULS.
According to the JUUL website, “JUUL Labs exists to help adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes.” Although in my opinion this is more of a justifiable reason to keep it on the market and profiting. Teenagers are getting hooked to JUULs just because it has become a social trend, but not all of them are informed with the health affects of these flavorful flash drives.
The JUUL Pod, or the container that contains the flavor (really poison) is an e-liquid with very unnatural and harmful substances. JUUL health affects are real, scary and the public needs to become more informed so that we can save as many people as possible before it’s too late.
If you are a teenager or young adult please read below to become informed of what you are letting into your body and how it affects you. You may not see it now, and there is still a lot of scientific research to be done since JUULs are relatively new to the market (2017) but you don’t want yourself or someone you love to be one of those people that prove how bad JUULs really are.
See the JUUL health affects, especially on teenagers and young adults.
There can be lasting damaging affects on brain development
They don’t tell pregnant women or those with health issues to not smoke for no reason. Women who are pregnant and smoke nicotine products are risking the chance for their baby’s brain to develop to it’s full potential. Because young adults’ brains are still developing until their mid 20s, the same goes for them.
Smoking e-cigarettes, and JUUL in particular can lead to lasting damaging affects on the brain which may have implications for cognition, attention, and mood. Let me break it down for you:
- Cognition: Smoking JUULS can alter your ability to control your emotions, make smart decisions, and not act impulsively.
- Attention: The chemical from JUULS gets into an area of your brain where you are able to focus and learn, and changes your ability to pay attention and retain memories.
- Mood: Becoming dependent on nicotine products leads to more of a likelihood of developing anxiety or depression.
It can affect your heart, lungs, arteries and more
Not surprisingly, nicotine as well as the flavors and other chemicals included in the e-liquids can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, as well as lead to increase in needing a supply of oxygen.
This is mainly due to the fact that when the JUUL is “heating up” as you are inhaling, there are chemical reactions which may result in the formation of new compounds because of the heat.
There is still a lot of research to be done about the SPECIFIC EFFECTS of e-cigs, especially in young adults, but in general nicotine itself can lead to cardiovascular system problems and it is important to be proactive now even if we do not have the exact answer that we’re looking for.
You can become addicted to nicotine
Hopefully this goes without saying but all JUUL products contain nicotine. As a comparison one JUUL pod has about 200 puffs, which equals 20 cigarettes. Because the JUUL device is sleek, and there’s no way to physically see how much you’re inhaling at a time, it can be very easy to smoke a JUUL pod in a matter of days.
A source of mine shared that he a JUUL pod lasts him about 2-3 days. He is 19 years old. Am I the only one who thinks this is absolutely horrifying?
Young adults, or those who are uninformed about nicotine need to understand that nicotine is a very addictive chemical that you will not be able to control whether you will become addicted.
There are various factors that influence the probability of becoming addicted:
- How much nicotine content is in it
- The power of the device (battery, heater resistant)
- How long you’re inhaling, and the break inbetween inhaling
Apparently the point of JUULs is to help adults sway off of conventional cigarettes (the normal pack of cigs). But now there are studies saying that if exposed to young adults where they are more prone to risk-taking behaviors because of the delayed maturing of their brain (due to the effects of nicotine in the brain) they can actually become addicted to both JUULs AND traditional cigarettes.
This sounds like JUULs are just adding on to the nicotine crisis rather than “helping” the public as they say they are. This encourages a harmful and expensive hobby that can last way past young adulthood.
There is kinda good news though! Nicotine dependency can be prevented if you believe you can quit when you start, and if you hang around people who don’t smoke nicotine products.
Hanging with other smokers and having a negative mindset make you more dependent on nicotine
A study has shown psychosocial factors affect if a young adult is more prone to dependency. They have proven that there is a way to possibly prevent young individuals from getting dependent on nicotine products by enhancing their self- efficacy or in simpler terms, your belief in that you have the ability to succeed a specific situation or accomplish a task.
It was also shown that if we can teach adults to not smoke in front of (or at all) young individuals this can also reduce the likelihood of nicotine dependence.
The study showed that
(1) Having a low self-efficacy to quit smoking and
(2) Being around adults who smoked
were cross-sectionally associated with higher levels of adolescent nicotine dependence symptoms. This finding is important because it shows us there are social factors and internal thoughts that we can work together to modify to avoid becoming addicted to nicotine.
Although this article is mainly targeted towards young adults who are still undergoing brain development, smoking JUULS should be avoided by anyone of all ages. If you would like to become better informed about what JUUL is, and the short and long- term health affects, you can read it on the Report of the Surgeon General on page 100
As a full disclosure here, according to the Report of the Surgeon General there is still a lot of research to be done on the specific affects of JUULs and e-cigarettes themselves. The majority of this research used similar products to compare, and because there have been links of nicotine leading to negative health affects, they use that in their study.
I still think it’s important for those whom are not informed about what nicotine is to at least have a brief understanding of the potential health affects, and maybe this will at least lessen the amount of smoke they are inhaling, or they are able to share this information with a friend who just needs to open their eyes. I am no expert, but I am passionate about helping people and bringing awareness to topics that aren’t talked about as much as they should be. I’d love to hear your thoughts or any comments you may have below! All opinions are welcome.