The Juul nicotine vaporizer seems innocuous enough: It looks like a USB thumb drive, it’s small enough to hide in your hand, and when a user blows the vaporized nicotine out of his lungs, it can have the smell of candy or mint. It’s far from harmless, though. In recent weeks and around the country, teens have been reported as suffering from serious lung issues, and Champlain Valley Union High School students are just as current with this national trend as they are with Vans sneakers and Supreme T-shirts.
Perhaps you saw the headline in the January 24 issue of The Charlotte News: “CVU responds to recent drug-related issues.” The story shed light on growing concerns among educators and policymakers about the appearance of vaping and juuling in schools. Are these part of some new dance or fashion craze? What does this have to do with drugs in our schools?