In the year 2018, we have plenty of new trends coming to the surface. Society is constantly changing, picking up new trends and they spread like wildfire. Everyone today is connected by the internet; therefore new things can blow up in an instant. That is how Juuls came to the surface in 2018. The e-cigarette serves the purpose of a better alternative to smoking. Juuls are made for smokers who are looking for a healthier option. One Juul Pod consists of 200 “hits.” One pod contains the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes making it a smooth transition from smoking.
Juuls have an appealing look to them. The device looks like an extended flash drive. It’s a long and skinny rectangular shape with a matte black color. From my experience with Juuls, it gives a buzz that feels like the buzz you get from alcohol but only lasts for a short time. People hold it in their lungs longer to experience more of a buzz. I have seen this often at parties where kids are looking for anything that will give them a buzz. That is an enormous factor why juuls became so wildly popular among high schoolers.
Early in 2018, Juuls became popular among minors. According to Gibson-Young, a professor from Auburn with a Ph.D., said in her research paper that “Nine of 10 young persons have tried a cigarette by the time they turn 18 years of age”. Many teens began to acquire the devices through online shopping or friends that can purchase them legally. The smoking device quickly became a common party item. More and more teenagers were obtaining Juuls and hiding them from their parents. Kids began using them in school as well. One big reason that they are so popular is that they are so easy to use. James F. Pankow explains that “The Juul system has no user options other than the flavor of the cartridge selected” making them very universal so that everyone understands how to use them. All people have to do is suck in, and the Juul releases the vapor. Juuls look like a long flash drive, so at first, teachers and parents found it hard to tell that it was the kids’ smoking devices. As the trend grew larger, parents and teachers began to learn how to spot these devices. Recently, the FDA has threatened the Juul company by shutting them down if they did not take strides towards the prevention of underage use. In Ellen Carr’s research paper, she said, “With the FDA taking on Juul, a major ENDS supplier and violator of marketing regulations, marketing to minors is disrupted.” Juul could be in serious trouble if they do not acknowledge this issue.
During my senior year in high school, I was at a party and noticed that someone had this smoking device that I had never seen before. I wanted to try it because I was very curious. After I took a hit from the Juul, I got a little dizzy and light headed. It was a pleasant feel, and I tried it again. Before I knew it, Juuls were everywhere. At another party at the same place four weeks later, there were Juuls left and right. All of my friends had one and even the people I didn’t know there had them. Juuls had taken the nation by storm.
As a smoking device, Juuls do have some adverse side effects. Juuls are similar to cigarettes in many ways. They can contribute to respiratory problems. Like cigarettes, Juuls can also increase the risk of lung cancer. One obvious downside to Juuls is the nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive drug that is in Juul pods to make them more like cigarettes. All of these are serious issues, and on top of those, kids are buying them!
Although there are severe cons to Juuls, there are some good aspects of them. Juuls are good for what they were initially made for, and that was to help smokers. Smokers can turn to Juuls as a healthier alternative. Like cigarettes, Juuls also serve as a stress reliever. Flavors like mango and fruit punch can also be pleasing to the people using them. They can also give off an excellent fragrance to people around them. Hitting a Juul can result in a pleasant “buzz.” That is what makes them such a favorite party item.
Whether Juuls is a good or bad thing in our society, they serve as a great example of how fast something can become a common trend in today’s society. This can also help put into perspective how big of a role social media plays in our world today. Juuls are here, and they are a part of society until the next significant trend takes over.