Wilmington teens say restrictions on JUULs won’t stop them

Published: May. 16, 2019 at 5:51 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is suing JUUL because he believes the company designed their products to target a young audience.

The lawsuit also alleges the company understated the strength of nicotine in its e-cigs. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, JUUL released a statement promising they would do their part to develop new ways to keep their products out of the hands of children.

Some students in the Wilmington area say even if restrictions come into play, they wont do much to keep teens away from e-cigarettes.

High school student Hadley Gessner said while she doesn’t use JUUL, she know’s several people who do.

“I think it could help a little. Because people have older siblings they might be able to get their hands on them,” said Gessner.

She also said obtaining a JUUL is incredibly easy.

“A lot of the time people will offer you and try to get you to buy one or try to sell one to you and it’s really awkward saying no, I get offered a lot in the bathroom with my friends and I’m like no it’s track season, no I do cross country,” said Gessner. “It’s kind of every where.”

Conner Ball goes to Hoggard High school and he said he used to JUUL, but doesn’t anymore for several reasons.

“It got expensive, for one, my mom caught me, for two, and three, I realized it’s bad for you. I noticed I had a shortness of breath when I would try to run,” said Ball.

Autumn Vizthum also goes to Hoggard High school and sees how popular JUULs are among her age group.

“I feel like they always find ways around it. They’re going to somehow get their hands on it, like really non-restrictive parents they just let them get one. I know people like that and it’s really unfortunate,” said Vizthum.

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