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Vaping series part one: new trends

As e-cigarettes or vaping grows, the latest device your kids may be using to hide their smoking is called a Juul.

It looks like a flash drive.

“The internal battery is more easily concealable from parents,” said Linnea Fletcher, who tracks these trends at the Utah County Health Department.

“Most of it is sold online and that’s how most of these are getting it,” she said.

The Truth Initiative says 25 percent of 15-24-year-old JUUL users do not identify their behavior as vaping, instead referring to it as “JUULing.”

And schools in Utah are starting to see the devices, though teens may not know what they are doing.

Health officials say many just think they are vaping flavored liquids.  37 percent of teen and young adult JUUL users are uncertain whether the product contains nicotine.

“But with the Juul, it always contains nicotine,” said Fletcher, and nicotine is what causes teen brains to become addicted.

 

More on teen vaping and smoking rates, and more on addiction, as the stories continue this week on KSL Newsradio.