Study of the Use of JUUL by Stuyvesant Students

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Issue 10, Volume 109

By Veronika Kowalski 

Out of a sample of 587 Stuyvesant students, 92 individuals reported having vaped within the past year. Juniors reported the highest rate of vaping, with 34.9 percent of individuals, followed by seniors with 29.3 percent, sophomores at 21.7 percent, and freshmen at 14.1 percent.

Before the release of JUUL’s product, it was almost unheard of for Stuyvesant students to vape. As it stands, 15.7 percent of Stuyvesant students have vaped within the past year, and 24.2 percent have ever done so, compared to 2.6 percent before 2015.

The value one was labeled as “Negative” and the value 10 was labeled as “Positive.” Most students believe that using JUUL products has a negative impact on a person’s health, with responses congregating toward the lower end of the scale.

Again, the value one was labeled as “Negative” and the value 10 was labeled as “Positive.” There was much more of a contrast, though, between the number of those who ranked 1-5 versus 6-10 than in the previous question.

Though values one and 10 had donned the same labels as before, the student body was much more ambivalent toward the impact of using the product on one’s social well-being. This graph displays more of a symmetric curve, with the mode at five and a peak at one.

Interestingly enough, even though the student body was roughly split on the impact of JUUL on one’s popularity, only 5.3 percent of students reported having a preference for those who JUUL when meeting new friends. It should be noted, however, that the question did not make a distinction between apathy about the subject and a preference for those who do not JUUL.