We wanted to take a moment to address some concerns that have been developing among our staff and an increasing number of local and national education and health leaders concerning teenage use of liquid nicotine. Increasing numbers of students across the country are being found in possession of, or using, liquid nicotine products. This is occurring here and across the nation’s high schools. We want to make sure that parents are aware of what some of these products are, and the dangers that they pose to our students and your children.
There are multiple instruments that people can use to engage in vaping, but one that has been gaining prevalence among teens is a product known as Juul. Students refer to using this product as Juuling, and we want to make sure you are aware of what it is, and what it looks like.
Juuls are small pods that contain high levels of nicotine: one pod contains the nicotine equivalent found in one entire pack of cigarettes. They come in multiple colors representing different flavors of vapor, and they look almost exactly like USB drives or memory sticks you would place in a computer.
You can read an article about them at http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/11/15/where-teenagers-are-high-school-bathrooms-vaping/IJ6xYWWlOTKqsUGTTlw4UO/story.html.
There are many different dangers facing our kids these days, and while we cannot always stop them from engaging in some of these behaviors, we can educate them on the damage these products can cause. As many of you know, science takes a good deal of time to catch up to the impact of new products that hit the market, and the research on liquid nicotine is still developing, and may be contributing to this behavior in our kids.
The Deerfield Valley Community Partnership will be taking steps to deliver information to students and parents regarding the dangers of liquid nicotine, and we ask that after you view the link above, that you take time to discuss this with your children.
We are hoping that you can help us get the message out, loud and clear, that these products are not safe for youth.
DVCP Tobacco Coordinator