Health department sends warning about electronic nicotine devices
DENTON — The Caroline County Health Department is warning parents of teenagers about the health risks associated with youth use of electronic nicotine deliver y systems like e-cigarettes, vaping and Juuls.
Heather Grove, community health nurse with the health department, was at the Fed Up Rally, Friday, Aug. 31, talking about the misconception among teenagers that the electronic devices are not addictive.
“They have the same nicotine effects as cigarettes,” Grove said.
Nicotine affects the brain, Grove said. Use by teens, whose brains are not fully formed, can lead to mood disorders and lower impulse control.
Grove said Juuls are now the most widely-used electronic nicotine device among teenagers.
Juuls are small and look like a USB flash drive, making them easy to hide, Grove said.
Nicotine is delivered via a pod, many of which are flavored, which is heated into an aerosol and inhaled.
Grove said a single pod has as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.
Just like cigarettes, electronic nicotine devices are not legally sold to anyone under 18, Grove said, but teens are finding ways around the law to get them.