Issue 22 April 2019 
Smoke-Free Colusa County Newsletter
The Smoke-Free Colusa County Subcommittee, part of the Colusa County Partners for Health, aims to improve the health of Colusa County residents through education and promotion of a tobacco-free lifestyle.
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3 Ways Juul Harms the Environment
Article by Truth Initiative
The youth e-cigarette use epidemic, driven in large part by the  top-selling e-cigarette JUUL , is obviously a public health crisis. It may also become an environmental one.

As  sales of the device skyrocket alongside surging youth e-cigarette use  — data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show current e-cigarette use among high schoolers reached more than 20% in 2018, a 78% increase in one year — the risks e-cigarettes, like JUUL, pose to the environment will only grow. Here are three ways JUUL harms the environment.

1. JUUL uses single-use plastic pods.

Can you recycle JUUL pods?
Products like plastic straws receive significant attention for the environmental damage they cause as single-use products, which create significantly more waste than reusable products and can take many years to break down.
JUUL cartridges, or pods, are also single-use  plastic products . Each pod contains 200 puffs —  20 cigarettes worth of nicotine, or roughly the amount of nicotine in a pack of cigarettes  — and are not intended to be reused, according to the product website. On top of that, the company has notmade a recycling program for its products and  advises on its website  that pods “can be thrown away in a regular trash can.”

2. JUUL pods often end up as litter.

JUUL pods and the environment
Many of those pods don’t even make it in the trash can, as anyone who has spotted one on the sidewalk knows.
Single-use pods may end up as litter, compounding the issue of tobacco product litter. Since the 1980s, cigarette butts have consistently comprised  30-40% of all items collected in annual international coastal and urban cleanups.

3. E-cigarettes contain heavy metals.

Do JUUL pods contain heavy metals
E-cigarettes, like JUUL, can leak heavy metals and residual nicotine into the environment. Because of heavy metals and residual nicotine, e-cigarettes may qualify as both e-waste and biohazard waste.

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Next Colusa County Partners for Health Meeting
The next Colusa County Partners for Health meeting will take place on May 16th from 12:00-2:00 at Colusa Industrial Properties (CIP) Meeting Room at 50 Sunrise Boulevard, Colusa.

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