At first, they were in the shape of cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes looked like cigarettes, smoked like cigarettes, but were not cigarettes. Suddenly, there was a boom of “vapes”. Today, vape shops seem to occupy at least one storefront of every strip mall. Much less inconspicuous, vapes can be big, boxy, handheld devices with a vintage looking cigarette handle attached. Unlike the subtle smoke electronic cigarettes provided, vapes allow teens to blow big, thick, voluminous billows of smoke. Now, as the vaping trend fades away from mainstream headlines for being chemically toxic and dangerous, there is a new smoking device catching parents’ attention: the Juul. Neither cigarette or handheld machine, the Juul looks more like a modular pen or a flash drive and it actually recharges in a USB. Juul smokers can still produce a hefty cloud of smoke, but it is missing the typical chemical smell of other alternative smoking devices. The undetectability of the Juul cigarettes has made it easier for teens to sneak nicotine based products by their parents. The nicotine power is created by “JUUL pods” which fit into the small pen. An internal battery heats the liquid and turns it into vapor. Parents hoping to catch their teens by way of the smoke will by hardpressed. Smoke from a JUUL disappears quickly and has fruity smells of commonly used teen body sprays and colognes. JUUL has outwardly stated that their small JUUL pods have the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes, meaning that teens who are smoking JUUL are not making any healthier of a choice. E-cigarettes and vaping are a risk for teen’s health. For teens who are in recovery from addiction, the JUUL can be a greater threat. Parents struggle to restrict their kids from something like vaping when sobriety is on the line. Vaping is certainly less of a risk than heroin, benzodiazepines, cocaine, or alcohol. However, addictive behavior is still addictive behavior. Teens in recovery need to learn how to cope with life, their feelings, and the consequences of their behaviors, without turning to an external, mind altering substance. JUUL and other devices can act as a small form of rebellion which keeps teens in a resistance-mindset instead of a growth mindset. Parents should be wary of this new device.
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