By Ana Chauhan, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
In 2019, thousands gathered in Hamburg to protest against animal testing. 13,000 people to be precise. All around the world, the cruel and abusive nature of animal testing is well known and opposed. What the general population is unaware of is that humans are being used to test products with unknown long term effects legally.
In the words of King James I, “Smoking is hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, and dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.” Quitting isn’t as easy as they tell you, so what if there was an alternative?
Juul. A company that revolutionized the e-cigarette market. Upon hearing the term vape, most people immediately think of Juul. The company advertises a product that is a healthier alternative to cigarettes, with pods available in different percentages of nicotine.
Juul is part owned by the Philip Morris Company, one of the largest manufacturers of cigarettes. Diverse, unique, and tasteful flavors that appeal to large audiences. Reducing your nicotine intake whilst enjoying a scrumptious aftertaste, there couldn’t possibly be any negatives. But what makes it taste so darn good? Flavorings such as diacetyl. A chemical that has been linked to serious lung diseases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Diacetyl, ultrafine particles, volatile organic compounds, and heavy metals are found in Juul pods. What are the long term effects of these being inhaled?
We assume that the Juul alternative is safer. We assume that because of the lower nicotine percentage, vapes must be healthier. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Juul labs against claiming they’re safer than traditional cigarettes without any scientific evidence to back up that claim. Popcorn Lungs. A condition that doctors have been seeing more and more with the increased use of e-cigarettes. It is characterized by scarring in the airways. Whilst treatments exist to manage symptoms, there is absolutely no cure or possibility to reverse the damage.
In a study published by the Journal Environmental Health Perspective, they tested 51 different types of e-cigarettes for harmful chemicals that have unknown long term effects. Out of those tested, 47 were found to have dangerous and foreign preservatives.
Companies that support animal experimentation are boycotted and met with disgust. Juul is currently valued at $19 billion. Indeed, it is baffling how individuals are paying a company to use them as test subjects for their addictive chemically infused products.