A Better Region 8: Teen vaping study

A Better Region 8: Teen Vaping

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new, federally funded study out this week shows an unprecedented jump in teen vaping over the past year.

Nearly one in five teens admits to vaping in the past month.

The good news is that more teens are saying no to opioids, cocaine and other, more harmful drugs.

Marijuana use has been steady over the past few years among this group.

Researchers cite teens' computer use as the number one reason vaping is up and other statistics are down.

They’re hanging out in their room by themselves instead of in groups.

We all know what cigarettes look like. Chances are most of us know what some vaping devices look like. But newer products like JUUL don’t have that traditional look.

If my kids laid the device on the kitchen counter, I’d think it was a USB drive. In fact - it plugs up to your computer to charge.

It’s discrete, low odor, and comes in many flavors. No wonder there’s a spike in teen vaping.

Parents, now that you’re armed with more information, it may be time to go pay your kids' room a visit.

After this editorial aired in numerous newscasts on KAIT, JUUL labs reached out to Region 8 News to issue the follow statement:

“JUUL Labs shares a common goal with the Surgeon General and other federal health regulators – preventing youth from initiating on nicotine. We are committed to preventing youth access of JUUL products. We cannot fulfill our mission to provide the world’s one billion adult smokers with a true alternative to combustible cigarettes if youth use continues unabated. As we said before, our intent was never to have youth use JUUL products. We have taken dramatic action to contribute to solve this problem, which is why we implemented the JUUL Labs Action Plan to address underage use of JUUL products.

“We stopped the distribution of certain flavored JUULpods to retail stores as of November 17, 2018, strengthened the age verification of our industry leading site, eliminated our Facebook and Instagram accounts, and are developing new technology to further limit youth access and use. We are committed to working with the Surgeon General, FDA, state Attorneys General, local municipalities, and community organizations as a transparent and responsible partner in this effort.” - Ted Kwong, JUUL Labs media relations & communications.

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