March 18th, 2019
You’ve heard the commercials on your favorite radio station and you’ve probably seen people casually blowing smoke out of a small rectangular object that looks just like a pen. The Juul e-cigarette was created in 2017 in San Francisco, California, introduced by PAX labs in 2015. People claim it’s the new ‘wave’ of smoking and a way to quit the cancer sticks we all know as ‘cigs.’ The question is, is it any better than traditional cigarettes?
According to studies done by Nielson and the Truth Initiative, studies have shown that smoking one JUUL pod is equal to one pack of cigarettes which is 200 puffs. Another study claims that the device, only being two years on the market has reached a 400% increase in usage between July 2017 and October of last year.
It’s increasing popularity and usage in a majority of younger crowds brings a lot of worry to whether or not society and the media is promoting a product that claims to be safer than smoking cigarettes but does the same exact damage in a different form. For a product that is only sold to those of legal age to smoke tobacco products, 56% of those surveyed by Truth Initiative about device usage were under the age of 18 years old. Sure, it is an easier way to get a daily smoke in but is it’s rapid growth in the market blinding people from the dangers of the device?