Juul Labs, the company that makes JUUL-branded electronic cigarettes and flavor pods, is trying to put an end to the teen vaping epidemic. Juul has decided to suspend their retail sales early Nov. 2018 and social media promotions due to the teen vaping addiction problem. Juul is often accused of marketing to appeal to teens which is why the government has been putting pressure on them to suspend sales for a period of time. The FDA threatened to shut Juul down in September if they didn't start preventing teens from using their product. The FDA gave them a 60-day period which has now ended, meaning more restrictions made by the FDA are in the near future. The company will use an age verification system that requires buyers to enter their social security number, address and birth date in efforts to keep teens from juuling.
People such as sophomore Chris Kolen are disgusted by this new trend. He went as far to say: “Juul should be shut down. It's just not necessary and is unsafe.” Freshman Kayci Lane adds: “It’s [vaping] terrible for your health and teens need to cut it out.” These sentiments are arguably not the norm in teenagers, especially in New Hope, but it is good to have people in the most vulnerable age group fighting back against the vaping epidemic.
Since flavors such as mango, fruit, creme, and cucumber are most attractive to teens they will only be found online and discontinued from being sold in stores. Other flavors like menthol, mint, and tobacco will be sold in stores for they are the most helpful with the main focus of Juul's company: ending smoking. As an added precaution, buyers must be over 21 to buy pods where the age restriction used to be 18. It's still unclear when Juul will resume sales but, hopefully, these actions will help to cut down the teen vaping epidemic.