The harmful side effects of Juuls and e-cigarettes

Juul Labs Inc. products were banned from sale in the United States on June 23 by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The e-cigarette products were banned after Juul failed to provide requested information to the FDA about whether the products met the safety standards set by law, leading the FDA to issue the denial orders. marketing.

The FDA is now requiring Juul to stop selling and distributing products, as well as to remove all products currently on the US market, or face enforcement action. Juul’s online store currently has all of its products marked as “out of stock”.

Health experts say they’re grateful for the move, as Juul devices have been deemed “unsafe” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Beth Ebel, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said in a statement that she believes the Juul ban is a step toward better health, especially for teens.

“The FDA now has regulations on e-cigarette products in general, which means they finally have a thorough review of the risks and dangers of these products. There has been such a steady reduction in smoking that people have realized how harmful and damaging it was to the lungs, but with e-cigarettes, they were really marketed as something that was supposed to be safer. That didn’t turn out to be true,” Ebel said in a statement. Press.

According to a February 2021 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, approximately 1 in 5 high school students use e-cigarettes.

Electronic cigarette devices contain nicotine and other substances that have been proven to be harmful to the human body. According to the CDC, about two-thirds of Juul users between the ages of 15 and 24 are unaware that Juul contains nicotine.

Not only do Juul pods contain nicotine, but according to the manufacturer, each pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes, says the CDC.

Ebel said nicotine isn’t the only harmful substance in vaping liquids or Juuls, but even flavors added to entice children are carcinogenic and “deposit in the lungs and may not even come out.”

E-cigarettes also contain carcinogenic ingredients that alter pathways in brain development that promote addiction and addiction later in life, Ebel said.

“No parent would want that for their child. And adults should give this product some serious thought too…paediatricians are seeing more and more children who are truly addicted to e-cigarettes to the point where they can’t go to school without it.

The CDC has also found that some e-cigarette liquids marketed as 0% nicotine contain nicotine.

“I encourage parents to educate themselves, to be able to recognize and identify these products. Second, see your pediatrician. There is now a nicotine therapy that some children have needed to be able to break this addiction. Know that almost all children who start using these products on a daily basis… they are still using them today. That’s how powerful addiction is,” Ebel said.

Why is nicotine dangerous?

Nicotine can harm a still-developing brain by damaging the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, impulse control, and mood.

Nicotine is very addictive.

Nicotine withdrawal can be harmful and cause anxiety, depression, irritability, restlessness, trouble sleeping or trouble concentrating.

Alyse Messmer-Smith is a duty reporter at the Bellingham Herald. If you enjoy stories like this, consider supporting our work by subscribing to our journal.

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