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Juul will stop selling most e-cigarette flavors in stores and stop social media offers

On Tuesday, CNBC reported that Fontem Ventures, a unit of Imperial Tobacco Group, would raise the minimum age to buy…

On Tuesday, CNBC reported that Fontem Ventures, a unit of Imperial Tobacco Group, would raise the minimum age to buy pods on its website to 21. The company sells blu-e cigarettes, which come in different fruity flavors. [19659002] Since its entry into the market in 2015, Juul has become a catnip for teens, who have been bored since pre-school days on the dangers of cigarette smoking. The name itself sounded like a soft jewel and cool.

Unlike the clumsy older weapons, the compact device could easily avoid detection from parents and teachers. It did not just look like a flash drive, it can be loaded into a computer’s USB port. And the flavors were both enticing and sophisticated. And it offered a way for teens to rebel and act hip, without causing cancer.

And then Juul became a fast, furious hit among high school and even high school students. A comprehensive report on e-cigarettes in January by the National Sciences of Engineering, Engineering and Medicine noted that 11 percent of all high school students, or nearly 1.7 million, had flung over the past month. Preliminary unpublished federal data estimates that the number should now be at least 3 million. So far, the students have their own vocabulary built around Juul – “juuling” has become a verb.

Schools around the country were caught unconscious. The Juul aerosol immune is almost odorless and spreads within seconds. Students started juuling as teachers’ backs were reversed. They filled the school bathroom for Christmas decorations. And for all school officials, the students knew only to upload flash-driven diligently on laptops.

Within 18 months of Juul’s release, school officials began to confiscate them and provide information sessions to the parents. They had two main concerns: the increasing use of Juul and other vapes for marijuana and the amount of nicotine in Juul’s beans. Nicotine, the naturally occurring chemical in tobacco, is the addictive element that binds smokers to cigarettes and diapers to Juul and other e-cigarettes. Teens, whose brains still develop, need less exposure to nicotine than adults to become addicted.

But perhaps the most worrying was a conclusion reached by the National Academies: Teens using the devices may have a higher risk of cigarette smoking.

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