New E-Cigarette Trend has Some Concerned

April 18, 2018 07:03 PM

Even if you've never heard of juuling, there's a good chance your teenager has. 

The Juul device is a new e-cigarette trend among teenagers. The devices look like a flash drive and come in multiple flavors and colors.


The trend is referred to as "juuling," not smoking or vaping. And because of that, many teens may not realize how harmful it can be.

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"Two-thirds of users don't even realize there's nicotine in them, and that's what we're concerned about," said said Matt Flory of the Twin Cities branch of the American Cancer Society. "What's giving them that rush might be giving them an addiction they'll have for the rest of their lives.

"We are also concerned how easy it is to conceal something this small."

Juuling has become such a problem at some schools that districts in Virginia and Pennsylvania banned flash drives to avoid any confusion.

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Here in the Twin Cities, a spokesperson for Minneapolis Public Schools says e-cigarettes are prohibited, but didn't say if Juul devices are a problem. 

A spokesperson for St. Paul Public Schools said they haven't heard of any concern from their principals regarding these devices in schools, and none have been confiscated by the district's security department.


Ellen Galles

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