Why Juuling Is So Undeniably Dangerous & New Details About The 7 Deaths Linked To Vaping

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What Is A Juul & Is Vaping Bad For You? Health Risks & Dangers Of 'Juuling', Nicotine & E-Cigarettes
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By Kate Harveston

You’ve probably heard about the weird new trend sweeping college and even high school campuses: Juuls.

Many young people like e-cigarettes like Juuls because they mimic the flavorful experience of vaping, but come in a more compact design — at a glance, they are almost indistinguishable from a flash drive (something a lot of users on Twitter enjoyed pointing out!).


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A lot of people think Juuls are just a funny, silly trend that will pass, but experts warn that the long-term vaping health risks caused by Juuling may be far more dangerous than even their detractors first thought.

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Despite not containing smoke like traditional cigarettes, is vaping bad for your lungs?

In September 2019, a California man became the seventh person to die from a lung disease linked to vaping. The CDC estimates that there are currently at least 380 cases of vaping-linked lung disease.

In fact, the rash of recent vape deaths has caused the Trump administration to take action. However, critics have pointed out that patients who've contracted lung disease have used THC-based vaping products — not the Juul flavors that the Trump administration is targeting.

Despite the important distinction, Trump told the press that he's focused on removing flavored e-cigarettes from the shelves.

"People are dying from vaping, so we’re looking at it very closely," the President said


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What is a Juul?

JUUL Labs is an e-cigarette company that now makes up nearly 60 percent of the e-cigarette market.

According to the manufacturer, Juuls were invented in an attempt to give smokers a discreet way to quit by providing them with a disguised vape pen that’s also easy to use.

However, Juul’s ease-of-use is the very aspect that makes it appealing to a younger crowd, and unique Juul flavors like crème brûlée further entice many young people to try just one hit.

Juuls are fueled by pods available in tons of flavors, from mango to mint. Each pod contains 50 milligrams of nicotine, which is as much as half a pack of cigarettes.

What are vaping health risks?

The high nicotine content poses the greatest risk due to the risk of addiction. Nicotine, along with heroin and cocaine, ranks as one of the five most addictive substances on Earth.

Nicotine creates permanent changes in the gray matter of the brain. Once a susceptible person tries nicotine even once, these changes increase each time the individual uses nicotine, carving new neural pathways and making the body chemically crave nicotine.

The high nicotine-per-hit blast a Juul delivers makes addiction only a couple of drags away for some users.

Even using a Juul once at a party can permanently make one more susceptible to developing a heavy nicotine habit.

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Nearly everyone nowadays knows the dangers of traditional cigarettes, but many mistakenly believe that vaping comes with fewer risks.

However, vaping also increases one’s risk of heart disease and certain cancers just as smoking regular cigarettes does. Nicotine raises blood pressure, strains the heart and blood vessels and leaves the user at higher risk for stroke and heart attack.

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Juuls also increase the risk of lung cancer, throat cancer, and oral cancer, and users should be aware of the signs of these dangerous cancers.

Symptoms of lung cancer include persistent coughing, coughing up mucus or blood, pain in the chest, shoulders or upper back unrelated to the strain of coughing, persistent infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and shortness of breath.

Signs of oral cancer include persistent sores in the mouth, recurring red and white patches, loosening teeth, persistent bad breath, difficulty chewing or swallowing, and a lump or mass in the neck.

In addition, because of the high nicotine content, users can overdose on a Juul.

Some physicians report treating victims of a Juul overdose who exhibited symptoms including seizures, nausea and vomiting.

Seeking help

Most people know quitting smoking is far from easy. Far fewer, though, realize that it’s now being discovered that recovering from a Juul addiction can be even tougher.

The good news is the same free resources that are available to help traditional cigarette smokers kick the habit are available for Juul users, as well. Many people recovering from nicotine addiction turn to patches. Others use prescription medications and some recover with the help of support groups such as Nicotine Anonymous. Often, a combination of therapies is the best way to kick the habit for good.

If you or someone you love suffers from an addiction, you or your loved one should try to get help and recover. And everyone can and should do their part to help spread the word about the true dangers of this new trend.

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Kate Harveston is a leading women's health journalist and the founder of So Well, So Woman.

This article was originally published at Unwritten. Reprinted with permission from the author.