The KU Tobacco Free policy include the prohibition of electronic cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, e-vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine (though not always), flavorings, and other chemicals. They can resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes(cig-a-likes), cigars, or pipes, or even everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks (e.g., Juul). Other devices, such as those with fillable tanks, may look different. Regardless of their design and appearance, these devices generally operate in a similar manner and are made of similar components. More than 460 different e-cigarette brands are currently on the market. Some common nicknames for e-cigarettes are: e-cigs, e-hookahs, hookah pens, vapes, vape pens, and mods (customizable, more powerful vaporizers) (source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/electronic-cigarettes-e...).
In just 2 years on the market, Juul, a new type of e-cigarette, has become so popular among young people that is has already amassed nearly half of the e-cigarette market share (source: https://truthinitiative.org/news/what-is-juul). The biggest effect, thus far, on Juuling- both short term and long term, is dependence. Since one Juul pod contains the amount of nicotine that one pack of cigarettes does, the potency level can create an addiction in the brain of the user. Once that addiction has been made it is very hard to banish and is possible that it may never go away. People who quit cigarettes do it because they know that the substance is bad for them but their brain is changed forever and although they fight their urge to continue smoking, their dependence may still remain with them for the rest of their life. This is the same dependence that Juuls create for its users. The potency in them are three times as potent as what other countries in the UK even make available to be legally sold. America not only allows it but profits on it. The Juul company began in 2017 and is currently at 15 billion dollar company. This shows the popularity of the Juul and how many people are buying their product. Because the product is so new, there is very little proven long term health consequences to the product. Unfortunately, time will tell and those effects will be made known, statistically, so that the public can be made educated about what they are putting in their bodies. (Aftan Jameson, Health Educator at Watkins Health Services, December 2018)
Image of a Juul
A Juul is charged in any USB port such as a laptop computer
See the following information and articles that support our position.
- What are Electronic Cigarettes?
- What is Juul?
- American Heart Association, E-Cigarettes
- California Issues E-Cigarette Health Advisory
- Top 10 Reasons to Include E-cigarettes in Your Tobacco-free Campus Policy
- NY Times Article: Selling poison by the bottle