People are flushing, tossing, trashing, and even burying their JUUL devices and JUUL pods on videos posted on CNN Stories on Snapchat in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warning that more than 450 people have been sickened and six people have died from a mystery lung illness linked to vaping. “Don’t rant about missing your JUUL. it’s really rachet and gross,” said one Snapchatter.
The videos popping up on Snapchat show brokenhearted or angry former JUUL users saying goodbye to their vapes. Some reference the warning by the American Lung Association National President and CEO, Harold Wimmer, which stated, “E-cigarettes are not safe and can cause irreversible lung damage and disease. No one should use e-cigarettes or any other tobacco product. This message is even more urgent today following the increasing reports of vaping-related illnesses and deaths nationwide.
“E-cigarettes contain chemicals harmful to lung health such as heavy metals, carcinogens, vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. The developing lungs of youth may be more at risk, making what the Surgeon General refers to as a youth e-cigarette epidemic even more alarming.”
JUUL has been under fire for its marketing to middle and high school students. Some teenagers testified in front of Congress this summer that a JUUL representative visited the classroom and told students that its nicotine-containing products were “totally safe” despite nicotine being a highly addictive chemical.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week issued a warning letter to the company about this illegal marketing and threatened to take action against the company if it didn’t correct this violation. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is also reportedly investigating JUUL and is particularly interested in the company’s marketing to teenagers and young adults.
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