To juul or not to juul? That’s what you should be talking to your teen about

A search for “#DoIt4Juul” on social media delivers a number of posts showing teens shrouded in clouds of white vapor.

Vaping is one of the current trends hitting schools. And vaping devices are far more difficult for parents, teachers and school officials to detect than cigarettes.

It is so rampant that at least one local school district is using grant money to address the issue. Las Virgenes Unified School District plans to install e-cigarette detectors to prevent vaping in its school restrooms.

Although the number of teens using tobacco products has declined, from 4.5 million in 2011 to 3.6 million in 2017, “far too many young people continue to use tobacco products, including e-cigarettes,” according to a survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products.

The survey indicated one in five high school students and one in 18 middle school students reported using any tobacco product in 2017, compared to one in four high school students and one in 13 middle school students in 2011. Out of the 3.6 million tobacco product users in 2017, 2.1 million said they used e-cigarettes.

Here’s what you need to know to keep your kids safe:

Vaping vs juuling

If you’re confused by the names, you are not alone. Here’s the breakdown. Vaping means using an electronic cigarette or other device to deliver nicotine through a liquid, known as e-juice. The term juuling is derived from Juul, a brand of vaping device. Juuling is a type of vaping.

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