Vaping & Juuling - What you Need to Know

Vaping is the act of inhaling & exhaling aerosol or vapor produced by an e-cigarette. Vaping devices include e-cigarettes (E-cig), vape pens, advanced personal vaporizers. E-liquid in vaporizers could contain liquid based nicotine, flavored liquid and/or other chemicals including THC.

Juuling or Jeweling is using a Juul, which is a Brand name of a vaping device, that looks like a flash drive.

Vape devices are known as e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems and Juuls. They contain 4 basic components – a cartridge or tank to hold e-liquid (also known as e-juice/vape sauce), a heating element known as an atomizer, a battery and a mouthpiece to inhale. There is a sensor that detects when a person is trying to inhale or a button, triggering heat which vaporizes the liquid. The output may look like smoke, but it is vapor. The devices can look like regular cigarettes, cigars or pipes, resemble USB sticks or other everyday objects like guitar pick, some look like a small cellphone, some are disposable, others need charging on the USB port of a computer or elsewhere and the e-liquid is replaced either by filling the chamber or using a self-contained pod.

The most common substances that are being vaped include flavored e-liquids, flavored e-liquids with nicotine, and marijuana. Flavored e-liquids contain different levels of nicotine, ranging from 2mg/ml to 59mg/ml. The Juul device pods contain 59mg/ml of nicotine in each pod, which is equal to one pack of cigarettes. Marijuana is also vaped in both leaf form or using THC and/or CBD oil. Synthetic drugs are also being found in the e-liquids and pods.

Vaping is NOT safe. The January 2018 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, looked at exposure to nicotine and other toxic substances, dependence, harm reduction, smoking risks, cancer and more. Nicotine exposure in worrisome because it can be highly addictive, causes one’s breathing to become more rapid and shallow, increases heart rate and blood pressure. The brain is undergoing massive changes through the mid to late 20s and nicotine use may rewire the brain, making it easier to get hooked on other substances, contribute to problems with concentration, learning and impulse control.

In addition to nicotine, vaping can contain numerous other substances known to be harmful to health. Dependence develops when the body adapts to repeated exposure to vaping. Vaping devices can explode, cause burns and other injuries. Accidental drinking, eye or skin exposure or injecting can cause seizures, brain injury, vomiting, or death.

In New York State, the age to purchase these products is going up from 18 to 21.

The signs of vaping are the devices, e-juice bottles, pods, product packaging, leaf marijuana, gel jars that contain dabs, small tools to scoop dabs and cartridges that contain THC oil. Be on the lookout for purchases made online or unusual packages. Nose bleeds and drinking a lot of liquids are signs of vaping as well as decrease in caffeine use. Lingo in text messages and clothing include “atty” for atomizer, “VG” for vegetable glycerin found in e-juice or “sauce” referring to e-juice. Look for pictures on Instagram or YouTube and check Twitter accounts. Vaping marijuana can result in bloodshot eyes, dry mouth, increased appetite, and shifts in behavior and mood. Sometimes a noticeable change in friends and a decrease in activities that were once enjoyed.