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Why the New Nicotine Is Super Addictive


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  • People have been smoking for thousands of years, and cigarettes were the go-to nicotine source until very recently, when e-cigarettes, aka e-cigs, lit up the landscape, edging out traditional cigarettes and causing market shares to slump
  • Of the emerging e-cigs, Juuls have all the necessary elements to take over a large portion of the U.S. market share: They’re flavored, their batteries can be recharged in an hour and they fulfill the “cool factor”
  • Juul has effectively overtaken their rivals because their e-cig contains somewhere around twice the concentration of nicotine as other vape pens, so they pack an even more powerful nicotine punch
  • Nicotine has effects on young people’s cognitive development; if addicted to nicotine at a younger age, young people are more susceptible to other addictions later on in life, and it’s harder to quit nicotine
  • The convenience factor for the Juul “pen” makes it even more popular, as students often vape in school without detection, but they have no idea what they’re getting into in regard to addiction

By Dr. Mercola

We all know people who've struggled to stop smoking. Some have opted to quit "cold turkey" or relied on patches, but when e-cigs came along — electronic nicotine delivery systems or devices that emit doses in a vapor for users to inhale without the smoke — millions lined up to give them a try. The most inviting premise was its original design to help cigarette smokers taper off and eventually quit.

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