Robert McPherson tightly clutches a small device in his hands as he braces against the brisk weather on a bench outside behind the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences at Montclair State University.
The device, commonly mistaken for a USB flash drive, is easily disregarded by other students until McPherson brings it to his lips and inhales deeply from it. Soon after, he blows a white cloud of smoke into the air and is greeted with a sense of relaxation.
The 21-year-old junior computer science major watches as the cloud of vapor vanishes before breathing in from the end of the Juul again. In the air, the lingering smell of mango remains, along with McPherson’s urge to satisfy his nicotine addiction.
“The thing about it is that you feel better if you are hitting a Juul all day, even if you are smoking more nicotine than smoking three cigarettes a day,” McPherson said. “I just feel better with the Juul. However, in terms of nicotine just by the numbers, I’m probably taking in more.”
A single Juul pod, which is the cartridge that clicks on top of the device, contains up to five percent nicotine. According to the official Juul website, that is the same amount of nicotine that is found in an entire pack of cigarettes. Smokers say it can take them as little as a few days or up to a week or two to go through an entire pod.
A single Juul Pod, which is the cartridge that clicks on top of the device, contains up to five percent nicotine.
What do you think about the new format for the final exam schedule?
By Corinne Appel, Sunah Choudhry and Rebecca Serviss
“I only have three finals, so it doesn’t really affect me as much as someone who might be taking six classes and have exams that overlap. I know a lot of people who are having trouble because their finals overlap each other so they have to go talk to their professors individually and ask, ‘Can I come in at a different time or is it okay if I skip my final?’ I’ve heard a lot of people complain about it.”
“I think it made a lot more sense in a way that I was trying to find my classes. I also just transferred here, but this is better than my old school. I think that it is easier for me to look at my schedule and think logistically about when my classes met and just of hitting the tap instead of having to dig through a PDF.”
“I used to have to download a PDF and fish through what my schedule would line-up as. I was very confusing. I would have to highlight and then delete. It was excessive information that we did not need for the most part because everyone was included. I like the tabs better because it is much more organized if you just pull down one that applies to you and then take a quick picture on your phone so then you have it automatically.”
“I thought that this new format was more helpful. It was more organized than the previous one. This one had the days listed and the times and you could follow it better.”