E-cigarette, or Vaping, products use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) is a new lung injury disease that has been caused by vaping products throughout the world. This outbreak is targeting teenagers in a negative way, as they make up the largest age group that uses the JUUL products. This disease’s name was given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as they have newly identified the correlation to the rare lung injury disease that has been taking young lives to the usage of vaping products.
The docuseries aims to gain the attention of the users of JUUL, and other individuals who have been or could be affected by this epidemic. The documentary also points out the measures taken by JUUL to curb access to their products for example, in 2018, JUUL Labs Inc. had announced its plans to stop selling most of its flavored nicotine liquids at bricks-and-mortar stores. The e-cig manufacturer had said that it would keep on selling menthol and tobacco-flavored products in stores, and that all the other flavors would remain available for sale on its website, which has age-verification controls. This is the vaping companies’ way of regulating the buying of e-cigarettes to show the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC that they aren’t at fault for adolescents getting sick from using their products.
Though most ads that have been out promoting these JUUL products do grasp the younger generation’s attention as they use younger models, colorful images, and certain celebrities that most teenagers idolize. However, the banning of flavored JUUL pods has been able to alter a minor percentage of some teens who maybe only used those flavors. But what about the rest of the younger generation who all began smoking non-flavored e-cigarettes from the start? And as a consequence too much time has lapsed in stopping adolescents from gaining interest to use vaping products.
NETFLIX is hoping the documentary will lead teenagers to an eye-opening understanding of this increasing epidemic.
SAFE is the only alcohol and substance abuse prevention, intervention and education agency in the City of Glen Cove. Its Coalition is concerned about vaping and seeks to educate and update the community regarding its negative consequences. To learn more about the SAFE Glen Cove Coalition please follow us on www.facebook.com/safeglencove or visit the Vaping Facts and Myths Page of SAFE’s website to learn more about how it’s detrimental to your health www.safeglencove.org.