Lauren: I started Juuling three years ago. My friends started to get Juuls, and everyone was like, “Try this, try this.” I got it because they said to, basically.
Emily: My friend had one, and I would always rip it. So then I decided, whatever, I’ll buy one. Then I just got hooked. I used to watch vaping videos and see what people did with the smoke, but now I don’t even care. I don’t need to do a trick—I just want the nicotine.
Lauren: Pods are very expensive. All of our parents give us money, and they don’t know we use it to buy them. Emily: If I’m hanging out with people every night, I’ll be done with a full four-pack of pods in two days.
Lauren: I always have it on me. If it’s not in my hand, I don’t feel right. That’s what freaks me out.
Emily: I call my Juul “my left hand.” If I can’t find it, I’m like, “I lost my left hand.” If I’m having a stressful day at school, I’ll go to the bathroom a lot in between classes to use my Juul.
Lauren: I sit in class and put it in my sleeve. You zero it, which means you make no smoke come out. Emily: You basically swallow it all. It’s so bad for you.
Lauren: By the end of the year, we were doing it so much we wouldn’t really get buzzed anymore.
Emily: Even then, I wouldn’t leave it at home.
Lauren: I’m addicted. The other day I was talking to my mom about it, and she was just like, “Why can’t you just throw it away?” I was like, “Mom, I need it.” I can’t go two hours without my Juul. I can’t keep spending so much money on it. Obviously, I want to stop, but I can’t.
Emily: Both my brothers call me stupid to my face. And I know I’m stupid. I wish I had never bought one.
Lauren: I want to stop. Honestly, I feel better when I don’t use it. But when I don’t have it, it’s always in the back of my mind, like, “Oh my God, I want a Juul rip.”
Emily: I tell all young people that getting the Juul was probably my worst mistake. Do not buy one.
Lauren: One, it’s so bad for you. And two, you’re gonna waste all your money. It’s not worth it.
Update: As our story went to press, Emily contacted us to say that she and all her friends have thrown away their Juuls after hearing about a vaping-related death. Keep up the good work, Lauren and Emily!