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'Don't Juul in School': Wake Forest teen designs anti-vaping T-shirts

Posted June 11, 2019 6:49 a.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2019 6:58 a.m. EDT

— A Wake Forest High School senior is selling T-shirts he designed himself to discourage his peers from vaping.

Jensen Abhau, 18, said he wanted to use peer pressure in a positive way to discourage the use of vaping devices on campus.

"People just liked [them], and they just sold like crazy," Abhau said.

The shirts display a simple message -- "Don't Juul in School."

Juul is a brand name for the popular electronic vaping devices -- but Abhau said his T-shirt campaign targets any type of vaping device. Most schools already forbid them. "But I mean, kids are still going to do it," Abhau said.

The young Instagram "vlogger," or video blogger, knew that many students would ignore the advice of teachers and parents -- so the message had to be peer-driven.

"And so, I thought, what better way to do that than to make a T-shirt," Abhau said. "You're a walking billboard with it."

Abhau's concern with vaping is that the newest devices don't look like older models. "It just looks like a flash drive -- you can hide it anywhere," he said. "It's not smoke, it's vapor, so it doesn't have a smell. Only lasts a little bit."

What's inside could just be a flavored nicotine fluid, but now, concentrated forms of THC -- the psychoactive element of marijuana -- are also vaped.

"[That's] the scary thing about it -- it all looks the same," Abhau said.

Abhau and his friends hope tp leave a positive mark as they graduate this week.

"Hopefully they'll let me wear it," he said. "I mean, it's graduation day! That would be awesome. It's a perfect grand finale for my high school career."

Abhau said his future education plans involve many things he's already doing -- producing films, entrepreneurship and marketing.