E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products—flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol. JUUL is a brand of e-cigarette that is shaped like a USB flash drive. Like other e-cigarettes, JUUL is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is inhaled. Other devices are becoming available that look like USB flash drives. Examples include the MarkTen Elite, a nicotine delivery device, and the PAX Era, a marijuana delivery device that looks like JUUL. The use of a JUUL is sometimes called “JUULing.”
E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives (JUULs), pens, and other everyday items.
E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
Mississippi Public School 2017 electronic cigarette smoking rates:
Electronic cigarettes contain nicotine. Most e-cigarettes do contain nicotine, which causes addiction, and can hurt your developing brain and lead to continued tobacco product use among youth. Electronic cigarettes to help smokers quit smoking are not currently approved by the FDA as a quit smoking aid. There currently isn’t enough evidence to prove e-cigarettes are effective in helping smokers quit smoking. Electronic cigarettes produce water vapor that produces an aerosol, which contains nicotine and other toxins, and can be very dangerous.
All JUUL e-cigarettes have a high level of nicotine. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes. Therefore, it has a higher addiction potential than other vaping devices. JUUL’s nicotine liquid refills are called “pods.” JUUL is available in several flavors such as Cool Cucumber, Fruit Medley, Mango, and Mint.
Do not use E-cigarettes. Take a stand against the use of E-cigarettes and JUULs.
The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi
Mississippi State Department of Health
Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids/National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
American Cancer Society