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'Juuling' trend for teenagers has health officials concerned

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"Juuling" is a new but harmful trend spreading among teens. (WSMV) "Juuling" is a new but harmful trend spreading among teens. (WSMV)

"Juuling" is a new trend among teenagers that has health officials concerned.

The Juul is a small e-cigarette that looks like a flash drive. Users can charge it through a computer's USB port, making it easy to hide from teachers and parents.

The product is marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes. However, each fruit-flavored cartridge, which is about 200 puffs, has the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.

Tennessee health officials warn that "Juuling" is highly addictive and that they are seeing a growing number of middle-schoolers smoke them.

Experts recommend for parents to talk to their children about the dangers of "Juuling" and other e-cigarettes starting around third or fourth grade.

News4 spoke to several Middle Tennessee students about the trend.

"It's not my cup of tea, so I wouldn't do it, but yeah, I've seen people do it," said student Isaiah Peterson.

Representatives of Metro Nashville Public Schools and Rutherford County Schools say they have not handled any reports involving "Juuling."

Administrators for Wilson County Schools say they are aware of the trend and are doing their best to stop students.

Williamson County Schools will be holding educational sessions for parents during the next school year and will be including information about "Juuling" in its newsletters.

News4 did not hear back from Sumner County Schools before this report aired.

Several Middle Tennessee parents say they are concerned not enough is being done statewide.

"It's something that can be very dangerous if it's not monitored, and I don't think that a lot of parents are aware of it. I know that I'm not," said parent Ashley Hall.

"My whole thing is, let's not get them hooked in the beginning. You know, let's do preventative instead of at the end," said parent Brenda Dew.

The company that makes the Juul says its products are "intended for adult smokers." Online customers have to be 21 or older. The company says preventing illegal sales of its products to minors is part of its core mission.

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