The use of electronic devices to inhale flavored and colored nicotine juice by teens is a hot topic in the news today. This practice is known alternatively as ‘vaping’ or “Juuling” for “Juul,” the most popular teen brand of vape devices. The trend has grown quietly since 2008 when the unregulated industry of electronic cigarettes began to explode in the U.S. and internationally. Sadly, many teens began using these products with little or no stigma or risk associated and no knowledge of how harmful they are. Today, teens in area schools are reporting up to a 43 percent rate of use of vaping devices.
“It’s like chewing gum,” a younger teen said to me last week. “We do it to have something to do and something to talk about and it tastes good.”