I’ve been telling you guys for at least a year how dangerous juuling, vaping, e-cigarettes, and whatever else you choose to call it are and I’m definitely not the only one. There are countless articles and clips out there warning against the dangers of this quickly rising epidemic. The president, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are finally hearing us and doing something to attempt to solve the issue: moving toward banning all e-cigarette flavors excluding menthol and tobacco.
The Trump administration and the FDA have been pressuring the Juul brand to cease production of these fruity flavorings. Futurism reports that due to the pressure from the Trump administration and FDA, “Juul officially halted sales of its popular mint flavor in November.” Companies that chose not to obey this ban within 30 days will run the risk of facing enforcement actions from the FDA according to FDA News Release.
This may make the revenue of the Juul brand suffer, but it’s definitely beneficial to the public. The fruity flavors are a large reason as to why teens are attracted to using e-cigarettes. To date, there have been more than 50 people die as a result of vape-related illness. Maybe putting an end to the things that draw young people in will cause them to refrain from partaking in this dangerous epidemic.
I remember there being a point when Chicago threw out the idea of banning juuls and e-cigarettes altogether due to the spike in deaths and illnesses backed by the epidemic. In a Chicago Tribune article, the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, refers to vaping as “the gateway” to teens and young adults developing addictions to vaping along with nicotine.
Let’s hope that we keep hearing more about the ban and lack of production of these harmful products and less about deaths and injuries because of this epidemic.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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