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.
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.
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.
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.