“I got mine through my older sister and her friend,” another student noted. An underage student can easily acquire a Juul without parental permission with the help of another adult.
Punishments for Juuling, however, extend beyond the school and the home. The actions of today’s teenagers can have lasting effects on their bodies. Due to the perpetuation of this behavior, students are facing the consequences of nicotine addiction. According to the National Center for Health Research, one Juul pod has as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, and the nicotine in the cartridges are in a salt form, thus entering the bloodstream quicker and making the body crave more.
“I did it for the buzz, but the more you do it, you don’t get a buzz. You do it to stop the headaches,” a student affected by nicotine withdrawal noted.
Using a Juul is especially dangerous to those with pre-existing respiratory issues, such as asthma, as it could severely worsen their condition and even lead to hospitalization.
The long-term effects of Juuls are still not completely understood, but students seem aware of the possible consequences. Some have taken the warnings more seriously, limiting their usage or stopping completely, while others have taken a more apathetic stance, an attitude of “who cares”, according to one student. Professionals in the medical field, however, hope that teenagers will eventually see the light and realize the magnitude of their actions. “I’m hoping to get to people like this: your body is a machine. Feed it good and healthy things and don’t put anything in it that would give it any confusion, and it will serve you well. It is a web of chemical reactions. You don’t put olive oil in your car, so don’t give your body something it doesn’t know what to do with,” Dr. Raye-Anne Ayo, a local family physician and parent, commented.
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