Thanks to vaping, decades of anti-smoking progress in teens has been wiped out

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/12/23/thank-you-for-smoking.html

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Who’d have guessed that selling candy-flavored nicotine products would attract younger customers? (Answer: Juul. Juul knew.)

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At least vaping is less bad to you and to people around you than cigarettes. (Though that’s such a low hurdle that earthworms are having trouble limboing under it.)

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Those Juul cartridges clutter up the sidewalks. At least cigarette butts decompose.

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These days, anyways.

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addicts are the ideal consumer.

who knew?

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What brand do Men of Culture prefer?

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It shows how fundamentally greedy and short-sighted these companies are that they didn’t consider setting up a recycling/deposit programme.

I’ll still take it. If evil companies want to make addicts out of teenagers, the lack of toxic second-hand smoke is a plus. Although the kind of arseholes who start these companies are likely to introduce carcinogens into the expelled vapor just because.

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Looks to me like cigarette use actually steepened its nosedive. This is not wiping out progress. It is making progress. Do not make the mistake that vaping is as bad for you as smoking.

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Recycled mascot, Juul Camel?

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And how is one to pronouce “Juul?” It is a dipthong? Like “Joo-ool?”

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Juul…like Zuul

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I don’t think we really know that, yet, though. I mean, probably, but I don’t think the studies are really in on the health impacts of vaping.

Also, why do I have to have vaping in my fucking vocabulary now.

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Shooting your self in the foot isn’t as bad for you as shooting your self in the stomach… none the less…

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Not if your idea of progress is “reducing nicotine addiction among young people,” which is what we’re discussing.

Celebrating the rise of vaping because it’s a marginally less unhealthy delivery system than cigarettes is like saying “the rise of filtered cigarettes is a good thing because fewer teens are smoking tobacco in unfiltered pipes”

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But, it makes people look COOL, man! Who cares if kids get addicted to nicotine, they look COOL! /s

No, no they don’t.

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I remember buying candy cigarettes when I was a kid.

What’s old is new again.

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What is sinister about Juul is that they might be playing the same game of making the nicotine dosage much higher in their blends so they are more addictive. Just like Big Tobacco got dinged for.

My buddy has been trying to quit since I met him 20 years ago. He bought a Juul figuring it would be healthier, marginally. He went back to cigarettes for most of the time because direct quote, “The juul fucks you up too much”.

ETA: Looky looky. They get some scrutiny over teen vaping, and all of a sudden low nicotine carts come out: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/11/juul-to-introduce-lower-nicotine-pods-for-some-of-its-flavors.html

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On the scale of good for you to bad for you, I’d say candy cigarettes might be slightly more to the “good for you” side… only slightly.

Also, I remember those too. Oddly, since I grew up in a household of smokers, they never made me want to smoke growing up. It never really occured to me that smoking would be something cool and rebellious to do, since both my parents smoked.

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I hope not.

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