Times have changed since we were young. While traditional cigarettes are still available, they are not the first nicotine choice for many of today’s teens and tweens. Instead, parents need to be aware of new dangers like vaping, JUULing, and e-cigarettes.
Aren’t Vaping and JUULing the Same?
Vaping is the act of smoking an e-cigarette (or “e-cig”). E-cigs are battery-operated devices that allow you to inhale aerosols containing things like nicotine, chemicals, and flavoring. The battery heats the e-cigarette liquids into vapors. That’s why the term for using e-cigarettes is often referred to as vaping.
JUULing is a form of vaping. JUUL is the brand name of one of the most popular forms of e-cigarettes. When someone smokes an e-cigarette made by JUUL Labs, it is often referred to as JUULing. While vaping and JUULing are commonly used interchangeably, JUUL products reportedly contain more nicotine than other forms of e-cigarettes.
Vaping and JUULing Health Risks
The health risks of vaping and JUULing are significant. Both vaping and JUULing can cause:
- Respiratory issues, such as pneumonia, COPD, asthma, respiratory failure, and collapsed lungs
- Heart attacks
- Nicotine addiction
If you learn that your child is vaping or if your child has any unusual medical symptoms, then you should reach out to your child’s doctor as soon as possible.
Talk to Your Child About Vaping and JUULing Today
Our JUUL injury lawyers know that you have difficult conversations ahead of you. Many parents don’t want to think about their young children and teens smoking e-cigarettes. However, vaping and JUULing is common among middle and high school students, and the health consequences are often significant. It is better to have uncomfortable conversations now than it is to have horrific conversations next to your child’s hospital bed.
If you need more information about JUULing or what to do if a JUUL product hurts your child, then we encourage you to read our FREE guide, JUUL: What You Need to Know About It, before speaking with your child.