JUUL Pods are a type of flavoured vape pod or e-cigarette that gained immense popularity when they were first introduced in 2015 in the United States. They became available for sale in Canada beginning in September 2018. JUUL is facing increasing scrutiny over concerns that e-cigarettes are addictive and tend to be marketed to youth.
What Are JUUL Pods?
JUUL e-cigarettes have been marketed as an alternative to smoking nicotine cigarettes and a way to break the habit of smoking. However, JUUL Pods contain liquid nicotine and are addictive much like traditional nicotine cigarettes. They are popular with teens and adolescents because of their fruity flavours and the vape’s discreet USB shape, which makes it easy to conceal.
Prior to being sold in Canada, JUUL Pods were first sold in Israel and the United Kingdom in 2018. However, the British version of JUUL contains less nicotine than the versions sold in Canada and the United States. It conforms to the EU rules in the Tobacco Products Directive, which limits vapes to less than 20 mg/mL of nicotine.
JUUL Pods Canada uses the same amount of nicotine as the version sold in the United States, which is 59 mg/mL.
The Israeli government has banned JUUL Pods because they contain such high levels of nicotine.
Earlier this year, Canada stopped selling flavoured JUUL Pods, except for tobacco and mint flavours. Even though it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes in Canada to people under the age of 18 or 19 depending on location, flavoured vapes have been popular with Canadian teenagers.
According to CBC.ca, removing the flavoured JUUL Pods from the Canadian market did not actually cause sales to drop. Although JUUL sales dipped briefly, they continued to grow as users started purchasing the mint, menthol and tobacco flavours that were still available.
Health Canada is currently considering imposing even stricter regulations on the vaping industry to protect the health of Canadians.
How Much Are JUUL Pods in Canada?
The JUUL starter kit that was sold in Canada, which included the same four flavours that were sold in the American version (Virginia Tobacco, Mint, Mango and Creme/Vanilla), sold for $64.99 Canadian dollars. JUUL Pod refills cost about $20 each.
Is JUUL Bad For You?
Like cigarettes that contain nicotine, JUUL e-cigarettes are addictive and get people hooked. JUUL Pods may even be more potent when used because the liquid nicotine they contain are designed to have a mild flavour and can be inhaled easily.
E-cigarettes have been linked to some JUUL lung problems such as coughing, wheezing, asthma attacks, and a type of allergic pneumonia called acute eosinophilic pneumonitis.
Because vapes are still relatively new products, it is not yet known if there are any long-term JUUL side effects.
Can You Get a Seizure From JUUL?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been investigating the possibility that JUUL causes seizures, which are reportedly a side effect of nicotine toxicity. Although it has not been established that using JUUL Pods or other vapes causes seizures, it is possible that users may be more likely to have a seizure when vaping because of the high levels of nicotine they are exposed to.
What JUUL Lawsuits Have Been Filed?
JUUL lawsuits have been filed against the company for allegedly targeting youth with its fruit flavoured vapes and for concealing the addictive nature of e-cigarettes from consumers. JUUL representatives reportedly reached out to high school students in the United States to promote their e-cigs.
In September, a JUUL class action lawsuit was filed in B.C. Supreme Court accusing JUUL of targeting youth with advertisements claiming its products are safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. The plaintiffs in that JUUL lawsuit claim that they developed chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, anxiety, and nicotine addiction from vaping.
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