A popular type of vaping device, called pod mods, look like USB drives and can even be charged via a laptop or USB port. Yale researchers in addiction medicine are concerned that teens may not know that they could be vaping with nicotine, a highly addictive drug. Several months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC advised people to avoid e-cigarettes while federal and state officials investigate an ongoing nationwide outbreak of severe lung injuries associated with the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Even though the agency announced that vitamin E acetate an ingredient added to some THC products appears associated with this vaping-related illness, officials stressed that their findings remain inconclusive, and more than one chemical could be contributing to lung damage.
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How Juul Hooked Teens on Vaping and Ignited a Health Crisis | Time
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How Juul Hooked Kids and Ignited a Public Health Crisis
E-cigarettes are now the most popularly used tobacco product among adolescents. JUUL, a popular vape device among adolescents, looks like a flash drive, making it easy to conceal, and comes in a variety of enticing flavors like creme, fruit, cucumber, and mango. A banner warning appears on the site stating that their products contain nicotine and nicotine is addictive.
Teens addicted to electronic cigarettes have few treatment options to help them quit, and physicians treating nicotine-addicted kids have little information to guide them in helping their underage patients kick the e-cigarette habit, according to the FDA commissioner. Scott Gottlieb, MD, was speaking Friday at the opening of a day-long public hearing, which was devoted to exploring the possible role of cessation therapies approved for adults to help youth who have become addicted to nicotine through the use of Juul and other vaping products. He noted that while there is a tremendous amount of research on smoking cessation for adults, the treatment of nicotine addiction among adolescents and teens is not well understood.