Is It Cool to JUUL?

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It’s no surprise that teenagers across the country are JUULing. It is thought to be a safe alternative to smoking. But is it? Many think that vaping has no side effects, but according to the Center for Disease Control, nicotine can do damage to a brain not fully developed. The typical brain does not reach development until the age of 25, though according to Truth Initiative, most start at 15-17 years old. This is a critical time in brain development for teens. So why are teens doing this? Well, since JUULing has been told to be a safe alternative to smoking, teens think they can enjoy the effects of getting a buzz without any side effects. Most do not realize that a single JUUL pod contains a much nicotine as 20 regular cigarettes according to the CDC. While this is bad, a study conducted by the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests that e-cigarettes are by far a safer alternative to conventional smoking. Even though JUULing and other vaping devices have harmful effects, studies show it is a far safer alternative.