Teens trying to buy vaping device that looks like flash drive – KSHB

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you find one of these in your child’s backpack, it’s not a flash drive carrying an important PowerPoint presentation.

It’s called a JUUL, and is one of many so-called “pod vapes” one local vape shop said is flying off the shelves.

“It gets you more nicotine with less cloud,” Roque Munoz, who manages Exotic KC Vape n Smoke in Midtown, said.

Munoz said while customers of age are stocking up on the devices, the store is also turning away many underage customers who try to buy the incognito tool for vaping.

“On a daily basis we at least turn away maybe five, 10 underage customers,” Munoz said.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, e-cigarettes like the JUUL are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among teens. In December NIDA published the results of a recent survey showing nearly 1 in 3 seniors in high school reported using a vaping device in the past year. 

JUUL Labs told 41 Action News they take the issue of underage use of JUUL seriously, and has efforts underway to address it.

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