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For years, parents have worked hard to prevent kids from taking up smoking. And though it seems that kids mostly get the message about the dangers of tobacco, they may be hearing false information about vaping or e-cigarettes. These electronic cigarettes are battery-operated and can look like a real cigarette or pen. There are hundreds of brands and they’re sometimes marketed as a way to get your nicotine fix without the danger of cigarettes. However, they are dangerous. Kids should not use any nicotine product. Recent science raises concerns about the adverse effects of nicotine on adolescent development, not to mention that there are a wide variety of other substances being consumed in the e-cigarette vapor.
Recently, I became aware of a new vaping device that is flooding the schools. It is known as a Juul. It looks like a small thumb drive. It is easy to conceal because it may be no larger than a couple of inches long and a half inch wide. Juuls are so inconspicuous and innocent looking that they go undetected in homes and schools on a regular basis. They work just like all of the other vaping devices. They are filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings (including watermelon and bubble gum) and other chemicals, and a heating device turns the liquid into vapor that you inhale. Young people...
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