Nicotine formula used by e-cigarette maker Juul is nearly identical to the flavor and addictive profile of Marlboro cigarettes

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Wasn’t that the goal of the product? To be an alternative to cigarettes?


What is interesting is that the UK limits nic to 20mg per 1 mil. I believe the Juul pods in the US are 58mg per mil


Are they implying that some nicotine is more addictive than others?


This may be a stupid question, but are the Juuls going to cause the cancer like smoked tabacco? I get that these are addictive, but are they as dangerous?


Healthy individuals living longer ,without chronic illness, are not a greater healthcare spending burden than individuals with chronic illness. Even if those individuals with chronic illness have a shorter life expectancy (which in is commonly not the case because of improved medical care and access to care) the expenditure of that individual far exceeds someone “healthier” who lives into older age. Firstly, a hospital stay for an exacerbation of COPD soaks up an exuberant cost. Between extended ICU admissions and ventilator resources and subsequently for rehab if necessary. Also, inhaler medications and home oxygen can be quite expensive. Secondly, The life expectancy for someone with COPD can be fairly long, late 60s to 70s and beyond, especially since the onset of the disease (symptomatic presentation – being that the disease is not present until 50% of the lung parenchyma is destroyed) is typically not seen until middle age. According to CDC epidemiology studies the median age of onset for COPD in the US is 64-75 years of age. Thirdly, the top two medical causes of mortality in the US is heart disease (coronary heart disease or congestive heart disease most commonly) and cancer. The most commonly fatal cancer is lung cancer. Cigarette smoke is high risk behavior associated with both diseases. I can assure you that with both of these diseases it is neither a short course (relatively) nor a cheap course. These patients unfortunately have a very difficult road laden with many co-existing diseases and medical set backs. Fourthly, our management and technology is rapidly improving for all these disease states which means that these patients happen to live a longer life. The goal would be a longer life with a greater quality of life, but that is typically not without medical costs being that the life expectancy is lengthened = more medical costs. Also, as new medications, procedures, and technologies breach the health sector that equates to a higher cost. New always means more expensive. So the overarching theme here? A primary intervention by eliminating the risk factor in the first place would save the greatest sum of money. Healthy individuals that live a life with minimal or no chronic illness do not utilize an abundance of healthcare dollars.