The vape culture is becoming popular, and it appears e-cigarettes have become a more preferred method for smokers to start the process of ceasing their smoking habit. Sure, these electronic cigars are being marketed as a ‘healthy’ tobacco alternatives for chain smokers, Juul is becoming somewhat of a sensation with the nonsmoking population.
This specific electronic is common among teenagers and young adults. Actually, most parents haven’t heard of it. The e-cigar is easy to conceal as it looks like a USB and is associated with quickly evaporated smoke. This product gained a higher level of attention recently with experts and research findings revealing that a higher number of learners being scolded for getting hooked to Juul to the point that they were using it in school bathrooms and other properties.
Parents, school administrators, political leaders, and medical experts are increasingly getting concerned about the nonsmoking teens who are turning to nicotine devices they haven’t been craving. The simple explanation, according to experts, is that these teens are responding to a viral sensation created by Juul and other e-cigarette companies. These corporations promote their nicotine devices as safe alternatives to traditional tobacco.
The health risks of e-cigarettes
Sure, vaping and electronic cigars are far less destructive than traditional cigarettes. However, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there are still e-cigarette dangers that the vaping population face. For instance, the juice in a single Juul pod has 5% nicotine. This is equivalent to a full pack of traditional cigarettes! This nicotine content is higher compared to other vape juices, whose nicotine content ranges between 0 and 0.3 percent. Most smokers choose e-cigarettes with the nicotine content that ranges from 1.2 percent to 2.4 percent. This is still far lower compared to a single Juul pod.
Another reason Juul is still a threat to teenagers is its unique and patented nicotine formula. While other e-cigarette companies use a modified chemical formula known as freebase nicotine, Juul pods contain nicotine salts. The latter closely resembles the chemical structure of nicotine found in natural tobacco. That means the nicotine content is easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Thus, the vapor is less harsh, and the user can inhale a higher quantity of nicotine for an extended period.
Research reveals that Juul’s nicotine formula is associated with a higher content of benzoic acid. A Juul pod contains about 44.8g/ml, which is higher than other e-cigarettes whose benzoic acid content ranges between 0.2g/ml and 2g/ml. CDC warns that benzoic acid is among the major causes of sore throat, nausea, coughs, vomiting in case of constant exposure, abdominal pain, and other health issues. The impact is more common among Juul users due to how benzoic acid is used in these e-cigars to boost the potency of nicotine salts in the pod.
Other dangers of using Juul and other e-cigarettes include changes in brain development (among the young teenagers), changes in behavior, addiction (especially used frequently), and other health-related problems.