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Even with the age for tobacco sales at 21, experts say there is more work to do

Clayton Lunsford used to be a runner in high school. Then he bought a Juul. Lunsford, a sophomore studying mathematics, was first introduced to vaping after graduating high school in 2018. He picked up a landscaping job during the summer before his freshman year, where he was surrounded by coworkers who used chewing tobacco, smoked cigarettes and used electronic cigarettes.

“Honestly, it made work easier,” Lunsford said. “Got me addicted real quick.”

He bought his first Juul soon after, figuring that his lungs would be able to take the abuse. At the height of his addiction, he was usually hitting his Juul 20-25 times a day and much more often during particularly stressful moments.

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