The truth about Juul e-cigarettes
Teens don’t realize how addictive they are, researchers say
Many young people who use Juul e-cigarettes don’t seem to understand just how addictive they can be.
That’s according to a new study from researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
What are Juul e-cigarettes?
Juul e-cigarettes look like USB flash drives, but they contain liquid nicotine.
Nicotine is the same chemical found in traditional cigarettes, which are made with tobacco.
Sucking on an e-cigarette draws nicotine into the lungs.
This is sometimes called vaping.
Most of the people surveyed said they believed Juul e-cigarettes were less addictive than traditional cigarettes, even though their habits showed signs of addiction. (Steven Senne/Canadian Press)
Critics say Juul e-cigarettes are designed to appeal to teens because they come in bright colours and a variety of flavours.
In Canada, it’s illegal to sell or give e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.
What does the new research show?
The researchers sent questionnaires to about 450 young people in California, both smokers and non-smokers.
Most of the people surveyed said they believed Juul e-cigarettes were less addictive than traditional cigarettes.
But their Juul smoking habits ended up showing signs of addiction.
Bright colours and a variety of flavours are sometimes blamed for tempting teens to try Juul e-cigarettes. (Katie Nicholson/CBC)
The study’s lead author, Karma McKelvey, said e-cigarettes like these are particularly risky for teens.
“The earlier you’re exposed to nicotine,” she said, “the higher the likelihood that you’ll be addicted throughout your life.”