UNION COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA)- The e-cigarette trend is now being called an epidemic by the FDA.
According to Union County School District's Assistant Superintendent Windy Faulkner a "Juul' is an electronic cigarette that is made to look like a USB flash drive.
“E-cigarettes or Juuls are so discrete that a lot of times students have them in the classroom and that it's hard for teachers to realize what they have," said Faulkner.
In a statistic from the FDA, it outlines that "pods" are nicotine liquid refills for the Juuls which can be laced with marijuana, opioids or Fentanyl, which is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine.
According to administration, if a student is caught with a Juul device, they can face consequences.
"It is treated as a tobacco possession that would result in a paddling or two days of in-school suspension, and of course if you are caught a second time your punishment will increase," said Faulkner.
The following statement was issued by JUUL Labs:
"JUUL is intended for current adult smokers only. We cannot be more emphatic on this point: no young person or non-nicotine user should ever try JUUL. Underage use of JUUL and any other vaping products is completely unacceptable to us and is directly opposed to our mission of eliminating cigarettes by offering existing adult smokers a true alternative to combustible cigarettes. We stand committed to working with those who want to keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people."
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