Deceiving new device leads to teens vaping in class - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Deceiving new device leads to teens vaping in class

(Source:CBS) (Source:CBS)
(Source:CBS) (Source:CBS)
WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) -

Using traditional cigarettes is on the decline, and e-cigarette usage is on the increase according to Wichita Falls health educators.

Ways to hide vaping are also on the increase, and a new device is making it easier for teens to vape at school.

“The kids doing it in my classes are not discreet about it at all,” said Abby Bernstein, a senior.

JUUL is a new e-cigarette, small enough to fit into a marker, resembling a USB flash drive.

“They fit in your hand," said Amanda Kennedy, Health Educator with the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District. "The youth have started to use it because they can conceal it.”

She said they can use it and nobody can really see them do it. 

Kennedy said there is a misconception that JUULs do not have nicotine in them and are not addictive.

“But Juuls do have nicotine in them, even though it's small and it's cute and it looks like it's fun, it's highly addictive and highly dangerous to you,” she said.

Like many e-cigarettes, nicotine pods for JUUL come in catchy flavors such as crème brûlée and mango.

Kennedy said they are affordable and are changing how middle and high school students vape.
 
She adds one pod is equivalent to smoking about one pack of cigarettes.

Dr. John Spangler, professor of family and community medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, cautions that the long-term effects of vaping are not known.

“Since nicotine alters the way the brain develops, we are concerned about adolescents and even young adults using these products while their brain is still forming,” Spangler said.

Kennedy said teens do not realize the long-term effect that e-cigarettes can have on other organs in their bodies, like their lungs.

On their website, the makers of JUUL say they are committed to combating underage use of their product. They say their goal is to provide adult smokers an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Kennedy said she is getting the word out about JUULing to educate students, parents and staff so the devices do not end up in the hands of children.

The trouble is nicotine is as addictive as heroin, which means even casual vaping can lead to a lifelong struggle to kick a drug that’s bad for your health, even if you’re not getting it in cigarettes.

Copyright 2018 RNN Texoma All Rights Reserved

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Wichita Falls City Councilor will not seek re-election

    Wichita Falls City Councilor will not seek re-election

    Friday, July 20 2018 5:30 PM EDT2018-07-20 21:30:37 GMT
    District 4 Councilor Jesse Brown announced on Friday he will not seek re-election this November. (Source: KAUZ)District 4 Councilor Jesse Brown announced on Friday he will not seek re-election this November. (Source: KAUZ)
    District 4 Councilor Jesse Brown announced on Friday he will not seek re-election this November. (Source: KAUZ)District 4 Councilor Jesse Brown announced on Friday he will not seek re-election this November. (Source: KAUZ)

    Jesse Brown was elected in November 2016 and was appointed Mayor Pro-Tem in November 2017. 

    Jesse Brown was elected in November 2016 and was appointed Mayor Pro-Tem in November 2017. 

  • Texas adds 27,200 jobs in June, Workforce Commission reports

    Texas adds 27,200 jobs in June, Workforce Commission reports

    Friday, July 20 2018 5:07 PM EDT2018-07-20 21:07:54 GMT
    The Texas Workforce Commission reported that Texas added 27,200 jobs in June. (Source: RNN Texoma)The Texas Workforce Commission reported that Texas added 27,200 jobs in June. (Source: RNN Texoma)
    The Texas Workforce Commission reported that Texas added 27,200 jobs in June. (Source: RNN Texoma)The Texas Workforce Commission reported that Texas added 27,200 jobs in June. (Source: RNN Texoma)

    The Texas Workforce Commission reports the Texas economy added 27,200 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs in June.

    The Texas Workforce Commission reports the Texas economy added 27,200 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs in June.

  • WFPD: Credit card abuse scheme lands man in jail

    WFPD: Credit card abuse scheme lands man in jail

    Friday, July 20 2018 4:24 PM EDT2018-07-20 20:24:48 GMT
    Westin Borton is charged with Theft after allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from a business through its American Express credit card. (Source: WCSO)Westin Borton is charged with Theft after allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from a business through its American Express credit card. (Source: WCSO)
    24-year old Westin Borton is charged with theft after allegedly stealing over $10,000 from a business through credit card abuse. (Source: WCSO)24-year old Westin Borton is charged with theft after allegedly stealing over $10,000 from a business through credit card abuse. (Source: WCSO)

    A man is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from a business through its American Express credit card.

    A man is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from a business through its American Express credit card.

Powered by Frankly