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Discreet vaping device gaining in popularity

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Juul vaporizer (file/FOX Carolina) Juul vaporizer (file/FOX Carolina)

A discreet vaping device that delivers nicotine is becoming popular on high school and college campuses across the country. A user has to be of legal smoking age to buy the Juul Vaporizer. That is 18 years old in South Carolina.

The Juul Vaporizer looks like a USB flash drive and it charges when plugged into a laptop.

Greenville Family Partnership's Marketing Director, Emily Harper says, “I don’t know if it has completely caught on yet but we’re definitely getting more and more phone calls from parents and we’re learning more from students that it is popular.”

She adds that the students she works with have told her how Juuling is taking place at school.

She says, “A lot of times they just go into the bathroom for a few puffs or even in class, the teacher turns around real quick and they have a puff and because the cloud is so discreet the teacher has no idea.”

She says keeping teens smoke-free is much easier to accomplish with parental involvement.

She says, “If you see your kid with their laptop and they have a thing that looks like a flash drive but you’ve never seen that flash drive before, a parent has the right to say, ‘hey can I check that out for a second’ and begin an open and honest conversation.

JUUL Labs says an individual who has not previously used nicotine products should not start. JUUL Labs tells FOX Carolina its mission is to eliminate cigarette smoking by offering existing adult smokers a true alternative to cigarettes. JUUL Labs says its product is not intended for anyone else and the company strongly condemns the use of its product by minors.

JUUL Labs says its goal is to further reduce the number of minors who possess or use tobacco products, including vapor products, and find ways to keep young people from ever trying these products. JUUL says it approaches this with a combination of education, enforcement, technology and partnership with others who are focused on this issue, including lawmakers, educators and its business partners.

Upstate Family Partnership offers smoke-free education programs at schools and community centers.

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