There's a new and potentially dangerous trend spreading across parts of Montana. It's a type of vaping called "juuling," and it's done with a tool that looks like a thumb drive.
This e-cigarette vaping tool called "juul" is a national teen trend, and drug testing facility Chemnet Consortium says they're seeing it in Billings.
It's a type of vaping that gets past a lot of parents because the e-cigarette looks like a thumb drive, not a vaping tool.
Vaping, of course, is nothing new, but this "juuling" trend has become popular among teens thanks to social media, low prices and accessibility.
"You can pick it up at multiple stores around town, you can order it online. It's really not that hard to get these items," Morris says.
On top of "juul" looking inconspicuous, Morris says teens are stashing the e-cigarette inside pockets of clothes on in their shoes.
"Those are things that parents need to learn, they need to be on the lookout for and they need to question, like "why do you need shoes that have stash pickets in them? What are you stashing?"
You can see how easily the "juul" blends in with these pens. Morris says to know what's in your child's room.
A spokesperson with "JUUL Labs" says, "JUUL Labs' mission is to eliminate cigarette smoking by offering existing adult smokers a true alternative to combustible cigarettes. JUUL is not intended for anyone else. We strongly condemn the use of our product by minors, and it is in fact illegal to sell our product to minors." No minor should be in possession of a JUUL product.
Our goal is to further reduce the number of minors who possess or use tobacco products, including vapor products, and to find ways to keep young people from every trying these products."
Through the "pro teen" program Chemnet Consortium is educating parents on local teen drug trends at the Lincoln Center here in Billings on April 19.
You can find out more information about that event you can go to: http://mtchemnet.com/