Juuls and vapes seem to be the latest trend among teens. According to FDA Commissioner Gottlieb, approximately every two out of three Juul users are “new users of nicotine.” What does this mean? It means that these products are not being used by those smokers who were looking for an alternative to cigarettes as they were originally represented. New users are those who have never smoked nicotine before, and most people who have never tried nicotine before are usually young adults and those younger than 18. The FDA has estimated that more than 3.6 million middle school and high school students across the United States identified as current e-cigarette users in 2018.
With so many teens using these nicotine products, it’s important to pay attention to your child’s behaviors and make sure they aren’t addicted to e-cigarettes. Many teens aren’t aware of how powerful addiction is, or how powerful these products are. The following is a quote from an 18-year-old Juul addict: “I would skip class to get nicotine because I felt anxious and uncomfortable without it.”
The truth is, many of our youth are becoming addicted to these e-cigarette products that were intended for adult use. There’s a common myth floating around that Juul and vape products are “safer than cigarettes,” when in fact they are just as addictive and just as dangerous.
Extreme Injuries Due to E-Cigarettes Addiction
Addiction specialists have found that teens who are addicted to Juul experience behaviors that are similar to opioid or marijuana addiction, instead of traditional tobacco addiction. Teenagers are vulnerable to addiction because their brains are still developing. This causes them to become victims to addictive products because they have less impulse control.
Teens addicted to e-cigarette products have said the following:
“I suffered an inability to function on a daily basis during school hours as well as lack of appetite and ability to sleep.”
“I went to my doctor for help and he put me on a drug to help me stop. This drug did virtually nothing to help.”
Physical injuries due to the Juul include, but are not limited to:
- Heart attack or heart problems
- Cardiovascular disease
- Lung or respiratory problems
- Mental health problems
- Behavior problems
- Pregnancy complications and/or birth defects
- Suicidal thoughts and/or attempts
- Nicotine poisoning
Currently, lawyers are filing cases on behalf of addicted individuals under the age of 26. If you believe your child is addicted to Juul, contact the law offices of Lewis and Feldman. You can click “here” and complete a quick questionnaire.
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