The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens and young adults. E-cigarettes contain nicotine which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s. Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars or pipes and others look like USB flash drives or pens.
JUUL is a brand of e-cigarette that is shaped like a USB flash drive. All JUUL e-cigarettes high a high level of nicotine and a single JUUL pod can contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.
How you can help
Parents and educators can help prevent and reduce the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes by young people by:
- Learning about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risks to young people
- Talking to young people about the risks and setting firm expectations about being tobacco-free
- Setting a positive example by being tobacco-free
- Sharing the risks of all forms of tobacco product use for young people
- Engaging in positive and self-enhancing activities and behaviors
- Signing up to get support from the Heads Up virtual group, for teens and parents working through a variety of challenges.
- Listen to the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Healthy Minds podcast. Start by checking out the Warning Signs of Addiction episode.