Why You Should Be Worried About JUULs on Campus

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Because they’re everywhere.

29.8% of college students surveyed say they want their schools to do something about it.

For them, the biggest problem is they’re being used in places where they’re not supposed to smoke.

Of those surveyed, 55% said they’ve seen classmates vape during a lecture and 50.1% saw peers vaping in the school library.

When a looming cloud of vapor trails a passerby and assaults your face, it’s likely coming from a USB smoking device known as a JUUL.

That’s because JUUL owns nearly 75% of the e-cigarette market share.

30.4% of college students surveyed also say they own an e-cigarette in one form or another.

So addictive are their fruity flavors they’re no longer sold in brick-and-mortar stores to curb ‘epidemic’ levels of teen vaping.

What Makes JUULs So Special?

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They’re marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes.

They’re also inconspicuously small, perfectly pocket-sized so you can bring them anywhere.

They also taste good.

Ever wanted to smoke in your room but was worried about your housemates and the thought of leaving your house was too much of a hassle?

You can do that now, and no one would be the wiser.

The convenience in size and liberal use is why JUULs have taken off, especially among young adults.

How prevalent is it on college campuses?

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The alarming rise in the use of e-cigarettes prompted Penn State University to enforce a policy that prevents the purchase of tobacco products and smoking accessories with their student payment card.

As of September 2018, 65 college campuses in Canada have enacted
policies towards a 100% smoke-free campus.

JUUL use is prevalent wherever establishments have conventionally forbidden smoking.

Vaping circumvents dorm policies that haven’t been quick to stretch the definition of smoking to include vaping. Even still, smoking these JUULs inside dorm rooms won’t produce the noxious smell that cigarettes do and it won’t trigger fire alarms.

The local college bars and clubs stand no chance. JUUL users just go the washroom and have a few hits, or smoke it among the crowd.

Plus no one will have qualms about vaping inside a house party. It’ll likely be encouraged if you let the host have a hit.

There’s simply no trailing evidence of smoking use after it’s used, which is what previously irritated people.

Less harm, less foul, as it’s believed.

What are the health risks associated with JUULs?


E-cigarettes merely transmuted the form of smoke to vapor, while retaining the addictive property of a cigarette: nicotine.

Ten hits are equivalent to a single cigarette in nicotine content. Overall, the amount of nicotine in a single JUUL pod is equal to a pack of cigarettes; that is, 20 cigarettes.

Early JUUL users often say that one hit is enough to make you feel an immediate high given how quickly it enters your bloodstream.

JUUL acknowledges that nicotine is highly addictive, but where they appear to differ from cigarettes are in its cancer-causing agents.

According to their site, they assert: ‘these alternatives contain nicotine, which has not been shown to cause cancer but can create dependency.’

We know, however, that combustible cigarettes are without a doubt cancer-causing. They contain 7,000 chemicals, where at least 70 of which cause cancer. In this form, it’s infinitely less healthy.

For the collegian, the studied health hazards of nicotine escape them in moderate doses as there is more evidence of it causing damage to people in earlier stages of life.

But addiction is real.

Listed as the third most addictive chemical behind heroin and cocaine, nicotine can produce dependence that’s extremely difficult to kick.

So yes, habitual use of JUULs is bad for you.

Why It Matters to Non-JUUL Users on Campus

Because of second-hand exposure to nicotine.

No one enjoys a plume of smoke in their face that they’re not the cause of. No one also solicits nicotine highs they didn’t ask for.

Whether you’re studying in the library, sitting in a lecture, enjoying a drink at the bar, or walking to class, the possibility of inhaling second-hand nicotine from JUUL users is higher than in previous years given the explosive number of users.

With the cult-like following that JUUL has, the number of smokers will among young adults will only increase.

Previously non-smokers could escape from smokers by being where they are not: indoors. Regrettably, there hasn’t been much in the effect of policing indoor smoking of e-cigarettes simply because it’s too hard to.

And no fire alarms to blow the whistle.

*Based on survey data collected from 2,160 college students aged 18-24 years located in US & Canada


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