People are always searching for new trends, and right now, a rising trend that has been captivating our attention is Juuling. Now the most popular tobacco product amongst youth, JUUL is a battery-powered e-cigarette that is typically shaped like a USB flash drive that heats a liquid containing high levels of nicotine and is inhaled in aerosol form.

Many people are using the product because they believe that it has less damaging effects than traditional cigarettes. However, according to the Center of Disease Control and prevention (CDC) Juuls and Cigarettes are equally bad for your overall health.

Juuling is more intriguing to teens than traditional cigarettes because they are discreet, can be hidden easily, and have multiple flavors to choose from. All of these characteristics make the device even more dangerous. Furthermore, one JUUL pod contains 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine.

When Juuling, it is not just harmless “water vapor” that you are breathing in. As you inhale, you are taking in increased amounts of addictive nicotine, ultrafine particles, cancer causing chemicals, and heavy metals such as Nickel, Tin and Lead that disable the healthy cells that protect the lung tissue. This can cause lung diseases like emphysema, bronchitis, athema and lung cancer over time. This device that many teens believe is used to help quit smoking is equally as addictive as cigarettes.

Along with the increase in JUUL sales, their has also been an increase in peer pressure to get others to participate in the trend. According to Truth Initiative, JUUL is only becoming easier for Minors to get their hands on. In Wisconsin, the law prohibits the sale of Nicotine or Tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18. However, teens are still able to get them online or through friends. According to American Lung Association, 37% of  teen JUUL users aware that it contains nicotine.  Many teens believe that the negative effects of Juuling are strictly long term. However, the use of tobacco products can also impact your day to day life. According to US National Library of Medicine, employers are wary of employing those who use such products because it could make them appear less productive and more likely to take more frequent breaks compared to those who don’t smoke. Additionally, If a teen lives in a family with small children, they tend to be seen as a role model. As a role model, if a child sees a teen smoking they might become more likely to smoke when they grow up as well.

There are many health and relationship risks to smoking. Quitting tobacco products is sometimes a long and difficult process. However, It is always better to quit before the effects on the body become worse.  There are many valuable resources out there for teens who are willing to part with these bad habits. Some of these resources include the help of friends and family members, talking to people who have successfully quit smoking and to never give up trying to quit.

Even though following new trends can be fun, continuing this bad habit is not worth risking your health.