There is much debate and controversy surrounding the use of ‘juul’ e-cigarettes. Recently the FDA has been working to restrict the sale of all e-cigarette flavors with the exception of menthol, mint and tobacco flavors. The measure is intended to curtail the use of e-cigarettes, and has also been tied an effort to cut teenage e-cigarette usage.
The creators of juul have noted that their original intention was to reinvent smoking for a “wellness-focused generation.” Some consumers don’t agree with these altruistic claims.
This would be like opioid makers saying they were on a life saving mission to end heroin.@JUULvapor took an addictive drug and made it way more addictive and easier to use.#JUUL has created a whole new class of smokers. https://t.co/0UYL2zEHpE
— Mike Morgan (@MikeMorganESQ) November 27, 2018
Many are highly concerned with teenage juul use:
#DYK: Most teens are unaware of the harmful ingredients they are inhaling using e-cigarettes. Start a conversation today and be proactive with your teen's health. #Infographic #JUUL #TeenSafety #ConsumerSafety #HealthDangers pic.twitter.com/0ojYF1i1sD
— ConsumerSafety (@ConsumerSafetyO) November 23, 2018
However, many argue that restricting the sale of flavored juul “pods” is not an effective strategy.
If they take away the juul flavors teens like isn’t it just gonna make teens use the tobacco flavored ones and then those would be a gateway to smoking cigarettes 🤦🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️#juul
— layla (@layla88046165) November 17, 2018
Some say the restrictions are simply focusing on the wrong issues.
The insanity of the world “I can drive to a store within 10 miles and get flavored alcoholic beverages, menthol cigarettes, and chewy, cocoa caramel marijuana, but I can't buy a #Juul flavor multi-pack to help me quit smoking” https://t.co/Nq9RBRPbFp
— Natalie Walker (@nwalker25021458) November 20, 2018
It seems that adults may have forgotten the feeling of being a teenager, operating under almost constant peer pressure. This is perhaps the main issue, rather than mango flavored nicotine pods.
— Liz (@RentalAdvisorNY) November 17, 2018
The “juul problem” likely won’t go away until the public adopts a new attitude, as one twitter user put it best:
— jessie clearman (@JessieClearman) November 18, 2018