DALLAS-- Juuling: it`s what all the young YouTubers are talking about right now.
It may look like a flash drive, but it`s an e-cigarette, called Juul.
"They can charge it like a flash drive in class, nobody would ever know, and it also creates less vapor," Dr. Fab Mancini, a healthy living expert said, "so that way it's more, less noticeable."
Schools around the country are noticing students doing it in the library, in class, in the bathroom, etc.
Yeah, nicotine is legal and some say Juuling is better than smoking a cigarette. However, Dr. Mancini says nicotine is still bad for you.
"Even though it may look cool, it will impact their health now and forever."
One in three high schoolers is vaping, and your child could be hiding a Juul in plain sight.
"Parents really need to pay attention to the behaviors of their children they need to also have that conversation with their child."
A Juul spokesperson tells us:
“JUUL Labs' mission is to eliminate cigarettes by offering existing adult smokers a true alternative to combustible cigarettes. There is no substitute for complete cessation for smokers. Public health experts agree the best option is not to use nicotine products. JUUL, however, offers an alternative for the 40 million existing adult smokers in the U.S. Our research shows that JUUL has helped over half a million adult smokers to displace cigarettes, and we are working to enable millions more to switch through our technological innovations.
We strongly oppose and actively discourage the use of our product by minors, and it is in fact illegal to sell our product to minors. No minor should be in the possession of a JUUL product. We are committed to reducing the number of minors who possess or use tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, and to find ways to keep young people from ever trying these products. That's why we raised the age of purchasing JUUL on our website to age 21. To further combat underage use, JUUL Labs is focused on education, enforcement, and partnership with others who are working on this issue, including lawmakers, educators and our business partners. Specifically, we are:
· Evaluating technological innovations intended to address underage use.
· Launching educational pilot programs in high schools in California.
· Actively working with law enforcement and community leaders across the country.
· Deploying a secret shopper program to monitor age verification of retailers.
Nicotine is addictive. An individual who has not previously used nicotine products should not start, particularly youth. Recent science raises serious concerns about the adverse effect of nicotine on adolescent neurodevelopment. We are committed to increasing the dialogue around the dangers of nicotine use in adolescents. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate and engage with parents and educators and encourage them to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org."