At a high school in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, the Headmaster ordered the doors to be removed from the bathrooms so students could not throw blows in the stables
A school system in New Jersey installed detectors in its high schools Students Looking for Their Next "Rip"
And recently in Fairfax County, Virginia, students broke into vapeshops to get some nicotine.
These are just some of the consequences that school administrators and law enforcement officials have faced over the country as Juul e-cigarette devices have exploded in popularity among teens. Parents, principals, and police have problems using minors, are worried about the novelty of slim-line e-cigarettes that look like USB drives, and their fruity nicotine pods are creating a new generation of addicted smokers.
"The problem with the device is they say they are made for adults, but it's made in a way that appeals to children," said Deborah Wheeler, Superintendent of the Upper Dublin School District in eastern Pennsylvania. The school system has banned USB memory sticks because students have charged their Juuls with school-owned laptops. "The students do not know that it is still dangerous and harmful to their health."
The FDA announces the alarm, with the federal authorities calling the trend "disturbing" as they have recently urged the manufacturer to explain why its products have attracted so many minors
School principals say the items are insidious because they are easy to hide and virtually smoke free. With nicotine capsules in flavors such as "fruit medley", "cool cucumber" and "creme brulee", the smell that comes for a short time from burning pods, can be considered sweets or chewing gum.
"The size of these things makes students who use them clever can easily hide them," said Bob Mosier, a spokesperson for Anne Arundel County Schools in Maryland. The district includes Broadneck High School, whose principal removed the doors removed from bathroom stalls that could not be seen from corridors.
"We have anecdotally heard stories from students doing it in class," said Mosier. "You can take your hand to the mouth, inhale and blow in your sweatshirt."
Parents and adults worry about the sleek design, and fruit flavors are said to attract minors, but company officials said they created the product for adults looking for a transition from cigarettes.
"We know that adult smokers who want to change do not want to be reminded of flammable cigarettes," said a spokeswoman for Juul Labs in a statement. "JUUL's rectangular shape is a prime example of our intention to develop something other than a cigarette to help current adult smokers switch."
The statement also said that flavors are important to adult smokers who want to quit because they do not want to be reminded of tobacco.
"However, we can not be more emphatic on this point: no young person or non-nicotine user should ever try JUUL," the company statement said.
Sales have skyrocketed since the company was founded The San Francisco-based company represents nearly 55 percent of the e-cigarette market, according to Wells Fargo data.
School administrators, law enforcement officials and health workers said that the increase in minors this year is particularly pronounced with students candidly posting and sharing photos about Juuling on social media
"Hate when I see people using the restrooms in the JUUL room at school," one of them Person posted on Twitter next to Facepal m emoji
"You have to stop using the big stall in the bathroom to smoke because I have to poop," another student said.
The devices cost about $ 50 apiece and can be charged via a USB port. Users put a flavored capsule in the unit and just make a draw to start smoking. Each capsule ̵
Jenny Sexton, a substance abuse counselor for Arlington County Schools in Virginia, worries students may find the fruity flavors of the juul pods for a benign product when they're actually filled with nicotine and using THC oil (an extract from marijuana ) or unregulated substances.
"The youth will be sharing them and they are taking advantage of that and we are worried that they are consuming something with a high nicotine content and may not be aware of it," Sexton said.
In a poll conducted by the Tobacco-Free Truth Initiative for 15-24 year olds, a One in four respondents recognized a Juul E-cigarette when a photo of the product was shown. But 63 percent of users did not know that the product always contains nicotine.
Sexton encourages parents to monitor their online shopping accounts and credit cards if children buy the products without their knowledge, even in the many online stores that simply ask customers who tick a box and say that they are over 18. Mark Lamagna, Manager at Vape Ink of Rockville, Maryland, said that about 100 teenagers come to the store every week, mainly to buy juuls. The store, located in a shopping arcade near the Richard Montgomery High School, trained staff to look for ID cards, find underage customers, and look for fake driver's licenses. Lamagna often said that students who tend to turn up in large groups in the business end up leaving employees asking them to show their identity.
"The kids who have school hoodies, we definitely have to check ID," Lamagna said.
But when it comes to adults, Juul is "appealing, especially because many people try to smoke cigarettes and it's hard to mimic what it feels like" in products they should sell, Lamagna said. "For the most part, Juul has taken a step up and made it look pretty much like a cigarette match, but without the carcinogens and the harmful chemicals."
There is little solid research that covers the long-lasting effects of e-cigarettes or Juul consumption, but health officials are worried that the products still contain nicotine and possibly underage consumers who are addicted to traditional cigarettes get the campaign for tobacco-free children.
Sgt. Brett Choyce, who oversees school officials at Fairfax County police in Virginia, said officers work with the school district to talk with students about the effects of nicotine dependence.
"It's one of the most addictive drugs," said Choyce. He tells the students. "Once you're addicted … give yourself a lifelong crutch."
Officers also warn students who get caught and send drug-removal programs to school to breathe in mysterious substances.
In April The US Food and Drug Administration launched a massive undercover campaign to combat sales of minors by distributing 40 warning letters to businesses across the country, including one in Frederick County, Maryland. In addition to the covert investigations, the FDA announced that Juul must submit its product research and marketing studies to understand why adolescents are attracted by the brand.
"We will take more action as the flash series continues," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
The company quickly responded by announcing $ 30 million in research, education and prevention to keep its devices away from young people.
But some parents say these actions are too late.
In Arlington In County Town Hall, for drug abuse, frustrated parents recently asked for answers as officials planned to keep Juuling out of school.
A mother of two adolescent daughters at Yorktown High School said their children started juicing and were offered beatings every day. 19659003] "If my daughters could turn off the Juuls during high school, their exposure would have dropped 99 percent," said the mother, who had asked not to be named so as not to identify her daughters.
In City Hall portraits of those in the community who died of drug doses flashed on a giant screen across the stage – a brother, a football star, teenagers in caps and dresses.
The mother and other parents in the audience feared these students Juuls' use would eventually become addictive to substances such as the drugs that brought their lives to the screen.
"They write to each other:" You want a hit in the bathroom? Second floor, "said the mother about the students at the high school of their daughters. I'm worried about her. "