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JUUL Virginia Tobacco: History, Health Implications & Declining Popularity

When smokers switch to vaping, they often opt for tobacco-flavored e-liquids. The familiar taste of tobacco should make their transition as simple as possible. JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods attempt to bridge the gap between traditional cigarettes and alternative e-cigarettes, but something is missing. 

N.E.T. e-liquids highlight just how inadequate artificial flavors taste, leading vapers to reject well-known brands like JUUL. 

Let’s put JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods under the microscope and dive into the tastier natural alternative that has taken the market by storm. 

Introduction to Virginia Tobacco JUUL Pods

JUUL is one of the best-known vape brands across the globe. JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods are often overlooked in favor of fruity flavors, partly because they can’t compete with the traditional taste of tobacco.

Overview Of the JUUL Brand

Juul Labs is the creative force behind JUUL products. It was founded in 2015 “with the goal of helping to transition the world’s one billion adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes.” 

JUUL is one of the most popular e-cigarette brands across the globe. It was once the most preferred e-cigarette brand among teenagers in the U.S. From 2015 onwards, JUUL products experienced a meteoric rise to fame. In the last quarter of 2017, the brand had $150 million in retail sales, which accounted for around 40% of the retail share of the market. 

Data shows that JUUL was still a leading e-cigarette brand in the U.S. in 2022, with a whopping 37% of the e-cigarette market in that year. 

What Is JUUL?

JUUL is a sleek, easy-to-use pod system. JUUL products are particularly popular among young people and new vapers, probably due to the super easy, convenient style. The slim devices toe the line between traditional pod kits and disposable devices. There are no buttons or customization options, but vapers can choose from a wide range of flavors. 

What Does JUUL Virginia Tobacco Taste Like?

Traditionally, Virginia tobacco is the mildest of all the blended tobaccos and has the highest level of natural sugar. JUUL Virginia Tobacco Pods are a mix of sugary sweetness and mild tobacco flavorings. The elements aren’t overbearing, and there is a toasted tang on the exhale. 

Unfortunately, the taste isn’t comparable to a real cigarette. Like a lot of vape manufacturers, JUUL uses artificial tobacco flavorings. The true taste of Virginia tobacco does not quite come through, leading to a disappointing vape experience. 

Virginia tobacco liquids are popular in the vape world because they try to emulate the mild, mellow, and sweet tones of cigarette brands such as Marlboro, Chesterfield, and L&M. 

Key Features Of Virginia Tobacco Pods by JUUL

  • Flavor. Classic Virginia Tobacco flavor with a sweet, toasted finish
  • Nicotine. 20/30/50mg/ml nicotine per pod
  • Price. $13.99 for a two-pack of pods 
  • Puffs. 200 puffs per pod

The Demand for Virginia Tobacco JUUL Pods

Countless studies show that JUUL nicotine products are popular among young people. 

The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study from 2019 surveyed e-cigarette brands among U.S. youth (12-17 years), young adults (18-24 years), and adults (25 years and above). It found that JUUL use was reported by 65.2% of youth, 60.7% of young adults, and 25.6% of adult e-cigarette users. 

In the last few years, the tide has turned. The 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that the most commonly reported brands among young people were Elf Bar (56.7%), Esco Bars (21.6%), Vuse (20.7%), JUUL (16.5%), and Mr Fog (13.6%). Even though JUUL has fallen down the rankings, it still retains its status as a household name.

It is reasonable to assume that Virginia Tobacco JUUL pods are much less popular among young people than the fruit-flavored alternatives. After all, the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey (and all previous Youth Tobacco Surveys) shows that fruit flavors are the most popular option among young people. 

JUUL Pods vs. Natural Tobacco E-Liquids

Ex-smokers naturally gravitate toward Virginia Tobacco JUUL pods and other tobacco-flavored e-liquids. Unfortunately, tobacco-flavored e-liquids are known for being poor substitutes for the real thing. Many ex-smokers are disappointed to find that their new tobacco-flavored e-liquid tastes ashy and unpleasant. 

The gap between traditional cigarettes and tobacco-flavored e-liquids became more apparent when natural tobacco e-liquids (N.E.T. liquids) hit the market. 

Why Natural Tobacco Vapes Are a Better Alternative

As the name suggests, our N.E.T. e-liquids are naturally extracted from real tobacco leaves, not artificially created in a lab. Our extensive nine-step extraction process preserves the original, authentic tobacco flavorings in the leaves. 

N.E.T. e-liquids are the healthiest possible alternatives for smokers who want to kick the habit and still experience the great taste of tobacco. JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods have nothing on the great taste of naturally extracted tobacco flavorings. 

Learn more about the battle between Artificial vs. Natural Tobacco E-Liquid Flavors on our blog. 

Benefits Of Black Note Tobacco E-Liquid

Black Note does not just offer a great taste. It is the healthiest, most organic, and authentic option for ex-smokers. 


Here are a few of the benefits of choosing Black Note liquids. 

  • Natural tobacco taste
  • No artificial anything
  • Natural nicotine
  • No diacetyl 

By eliminating harmful chemicals like diacetyl and other artificial flavorings, we protect our customers from some of the most well-documented side effects of vaping. 

Ingredients and Composition of Virginia Tobacco JUUL Pods

All e-liquids contain a few base components. Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG) form the base for all e-liquids, and JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods are no different. This brand also uses benzoic acid, flavorings, nicotine, and water.  

Nicotine Content In Virginia Tobacco JUUL Pods

Virginia Tobacco JUUL pods come in varying nicotine strengths. JUUL 2 Pods contain 21.6mg of nicotine per pod. JUUL claims that each pod contains the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes. Other JUUL pods contain anything from 20mg-50mg of nicotine. 

Studies have shown that the amount of nicotine stated on the packaging of JUUL pods is not always accurate. A group of researchers reviewed a range of these studies and found that in five independent studies, nicotine in the e-liquid in JUUL pods ranged from 39.3-48.3mg. Researchers speculate that this is due to how effectively the device transfers the nicotine to the aerosol. 

It is important to note that JUUL does not manufacture nicotine-free pods. 

Flavoring and Other Ingredients in JUUL Pods

JUUL’s Virginia Tobacco pods contain artificial flavorings. Artificial flavors can be made from anything. Typically, manufacturers use a combination of chemical compounds in an attempt to recreate natural flavorings. 

In 2015, Harvard Medical School conducted a study that found diacetyl in more than 75% of flavored electronic cigarettes. On top of that, researchers also found 2,3-pentanedione and acetone in a sample of 51 products from the U.S. 

When diacetyl is inhaled, it causes bronchiolitis obliterans, better known as popcorn lung. In essence, this chemical scars the tiny air sacs in the lungs. Over time, this forces the passageways to thicken and narrow. Popcorn lung is incurable, which is why many campaign groups are calling for an outright ban on diacetyl in vape products.


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Production Of Virginia Tobacco JUUL Pods

Since 2018, JUUL e-cigarettes have been made in Shenzhen, China, which has long been established as the home of vape manufacturing. In the same year, JUUL Labs moved the production of JUUL pods to the U.S.

Why JUUL Pods Are Banned

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is responsible for overseeing the sale of vape products in the U.S., among other things, introduced Premarket Tobacco Product Applications (PMTAs) in September 2020. 

Now, vape brands must apply for a PMTA and receive a Marketing Granted Order (MGO) before they can sell and distribute products in the U.S. 

The FDA officially banned JUUL from selling and distributing products on June 23rd, 2022. The Marketing Denial Order (MDO) covers JUUL Virginia Tobacco Pods and all other JUUL products. Ultimately, JUUL Labs did not provide sufficient evidence to prove that the products would protect public health. 

Health Implications Of Using JUUL Pods

Scientists are worried about the health implications of using Virginia Tobacco JUUL pods. The nicotine in one JUUL pod is equivalent to an entire pack of cigarettes, meaning that new users have to be very careful when they start using pods. 

Short-term Health Effects Of JUUL Pods

Nicotine sickness is also referred to as being nic sick. If you consume too much nicotine at once, you are in danger of being nic sick. This is one of the often overlooked short-term health effects of choosing the wrong-strength JUUL pod. 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomachache 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure 

If you become nic sick, you will feel the effects within 15 minutes. Nicotine tends to stay in the human body for one to three days.

Want to avoid nic sickness? Read our Nicotine Strength Guide.

Long-term Health Risks Associated With JUUL Use

We have already mentioned popcorn lung, but what are the other long-term health risks associated with JUUL pods?

Research suggests that 2,3-pentanedione and acetone, which have also been found in JUUL products, have harmful long-term health implications. A group of researchers monitored rats who had inhaled 2,3-pentanedione. The rats developed necrotizing rhinitis, tracheitis, and bronchitis.

Nicotine is extremely addictive. The immediate adrenaline buzz might feel good, but nicotine also creates a chemical dependency that is difficult to break. In the meantime, nicotine increases the risk of cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal disorders, decreases immune system response, impacts reproductive health, and greatly increases the chance of developing cancer.  

The Future Of JUUL and Other E-Cigarette Brands

So, what lies ahead for JUUL? 

We do not doubt that JUUL will continue to be a significant presence in the vape industry, but recent developments have forever changed the trajectory of the brand. In the last few years, JUUL has declined in popularity among young people. That, combined with the FDA’s 2022 ruling, makes the future of JUUL more uncertain.  

As for Virginia Tobacco JUUL pods and other tobacco-like e-liquids, we suspect that consumers will replace them with N.E.T. e-liquids. Not only do naturally-extracted tobacco liquids taste better than the artificial alternative, but they also eliminate harmful chemicals. 

Natural Tasting JUUL Alternatives

Black Note is the best-tasting alternative to JUUL. On top of that, it is the best e-liquid for health-conscious individuals who want to avoid unnecessary sweeteners, artificial flavors, and dangerous chemicals. 

Here are two of our most popular N.E.T. e-liquids. 

Virginia Tobacco E-Liquid

We can’t talk about Virginia Tobacco JUUL pods without mentioning our very own Virginia Tobacco e-liquid, which set the standard when it was first introduced in January of 2015. Like all our liquids, Virginia Tobacco only contains natural flavorings. That means there are no artificial flavors, no sweeteners, and no diacetyl. 

This is the best flavor in my opinion. Virginia Tobacco has the sweetest and most mellow flavor. Can’t go wrong with this one!

— Derek Rieger

Instead, vapers get a mellow and mildly sweet taste that comes straight from the tobacco leaf. The taste is comparable to a classic Marlboro cigarette, making this e-liquid perfect for people who want to seamlessly transition from smoking to vaping. 

We sell three types of Virginia Tobacco e-liquid, including 70VG/30PG, 50VG/50PG, and salt nic versions. You can also choose from 20mg, 30mg, and 50mg nicotine strengths. 


Marlboro’s Essence in Every Vape

Discover the classic Marlboro flavor with our Virginia E-Liquid. Dive into the essence in our brief video here.

50-50 Bottle on the left - Virginia Tobacco

American Blend Tobacco E-Liquid

If you like Virginia Tobacco e-liquid, the chances are you will love American Blend e-liquid. This liquid combines the distinct but complementary flavors of Virginia, Burley, and Oriental tobaccos. We flue-cure, air-cure, and sun-cure the leaves to evoke rich, full-bodied flavors. 

I’ve tried a number of the black note nic salt flavors (Burley, Cavendish, Virginia, and Latakia- which I enjoyed in that order), but this one might just prove to be the goldilocks blend: really well balanced, not too sweet but also not too overwhelmingly robust. The taste is actually close to what I experienced when blending the Burley nic salt with just a touch of the Cavendish. Also, for those looking for an alternative to Juul Virginia Tobacco pods, this is easily the closest I’ve come yet to finding a rough equivalent in the nic salt landscape.

— Jared F.

American Blend e-liquid has a classic cigarette taste. Fans of Newport, Camel, and American Spirit love the taste of this traditional blend. 

You can purchase three types of American Blend e-liquid, including 70VG/30PG, 50VG/50PG, and salt nic versions. This flavor is available with 20mg, 30mg, and 50mg nicotine strengths. 


Classic Cigarette Taste in Every Puff

Experience timeless cigarette taste with our American Blend Tobacco E-Liquid. Watch our short video here.

50-50 Bottle on the left - American Blend 2


What makes JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods different from natural tobacco e-liquids?

JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods use artificial flavors, while natural tobacco e-liquids (N.E.T.) are made from real tobacco leaves, offering a more authentic taste.

Why do some vapers prefer N.E.T. e-liquids over JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods?

N.E.T. e-liquids provide a richer, more genuine tobacco flavor compared to the artificial taste of JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods, making them a preferred choice for former smokers.

Can JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods replicate the taste of real cigarettes?

While JUUL aims to mimic the taste of Virginia tobacco, many users find that it falls short of replicating the true flavor of a real cigarette, unlike N.E.T. e-liquids.

What are the nicotine options available in JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods?

JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods come in various nicotine strengths, including 20/30/50mg/ml, catering to different preferences and needs.

Are natural tobacco e-liquids healthier than JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods?

Natural tobacco e-liquids avoid artificial flavors and potentially harmful chemicals like diacetyl, making them a healthier alternative for those looking to switch from smoking to vaping.

What are some popular alternatives to JUUL Virginia Tobacco pods?

Popular alternatives include natural tobacco e-liquids like Black Note’s Virginia Tobacco and American Blend, offering authentic flavors without artificial additives.

Why are natural tobacco e-liquids considered better alternatives to JUUL?

Natural tobacco e-liquids provide a more genuine tobacco taste and avoid harmful chemicals found in artificial flavorings, making them a healthier choice for vapers.

Conclusion: Virginia Tobacco JUUL Pods vs. Natural Vaping E-Liquids

JUUL might have carved out a place in the market for fun, fruity flavors, but Virginia Tobacco JUUL pods have reached the end of their lifecycle. The emergence of N.E.T. e-liquids has truly put an end to the ashy, inauthentic tobacco flavors of yesterday. 

Naturally extracted flavorings are the way forward, especially for conscientious people who want to make the healthiest choice possible when they transition from smoking to vaping.

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