Reviews
Love Laura Beil! Always great. Another very interesting podcast from Wondery.
JoHo86 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/31/22
This podcast does a good job telling the story of how Juul began. But throughout all the episodes, they continue to use Juul’s main marketing message: that vaping is not as unhealthy as smoking traditional cigarettes. Yet there is no actual science, evidence, data to suggest that this is true and...Read full review »
Nkd1989 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/22/22
1.) I used Vapes to quit a 20 year tobacco habit. I’ve been slowly decreasing the dosage of nicotine until it was zero when I quit that too 2.) people liking something that is unhealthy and you disapprove of is not a reason to ban it. 3.) virtually every anti-Vape study is funded by big tobacco,...Read full review »
delenda est Carthago via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/04/22
Listened with my son while traveling for soccer. He made fun of it here and there but he listened and for that I’m thankful.
EastCstCk via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/21/22
I believe that I could listen to Laura Beil read a newspaper and I would enjoy it lol! She is hands down one of my favorite voices as a hosts to listen to!! This is an interesting story for sure and as a smoker myself I’m thoroughly enjoying learning the back story here! Very engaging and a 10 as...Read full review »
Jessicas wife via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/27/21
I smoked as a teen and quit in my 20s, I wish vaping was around then. Vaping is thousands times safer than cigarettes or any other type of combustible smoking. Research shows teens addicted to vaping and sticking with it would of picked up smoking cigarettes anyway. Harm reduction 101. Popcorn...Read full review »
jaevans52 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/09/21
The episodes are only about 40 mins long but half of it is commercials with a long recap in the beginning with 4 mins at the end that’s not content for the show .. I get they want you to subscribe and oh for their content but it just feels like a money maker podcast. This whole series could be a...Read full review »
0099lindsey00 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/20/21
The podcast is advertised as a dive into the impact of vaping on teenagers, but fails to intrigue. The serious issue is handled well, and the production is high-quality, but the actual content is mostly unimpressive. The company and advertising, the social impact, and the story of the founders,...Read full review »
powderblue042 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/15/21
Love Laura Beil, I have listened to all of her podcasts. She is superb, and the subject matter is interesting.
Vcaser via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/26/21
The theme and storyline here is jumbled and unclear. Started out thinking that it would be about the story of Juul and the epidemic of nicotine use. Ended with wow this whole podcast was just like if you watched a documentary on cigarette use by the Marlboro man. There is a serious lack of...Read full review »
Khdjddkz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/24/21
The podcast focus on Juul, but go so wrong concerning vaping. This is a big tobacco lie. What went wrong in US was a black market solution for vaping cannabis. Cannabis are solvable in oil and inhale oil isn’t good for your lungs. But this has nothing to do with vape.
Klaren via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 08/19/21
Hey Wondery, Am WONDERING why there is no bloody sound on any of the episodes. Just listened to Dr. death and it was fine. Maybe paying you money was a big mistake. I thought if we paid we would get full series, not so with Miracle Man. One more glitch and I’m going to unsubscribe. Get your...Read full review »
Jwestglass via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/19/21
The topic is interesting enough, but I’m not sure the main point of the show. Is it for or against vaping? The worst thing is Laura Beil and her narration. She has a terrible podcasting voice that is whiny, nasally, and condescending all at once.
macron5 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/10/21
I love Laura Beil and this podcast started out great, but then it turned weirdly pro-vaping. It really seemed as though Jule got their hands on this podcast and used it to paint themselves in a more positive light.
Cookie9871 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/04/21
Fair enough to include some advertising for listeners who don’t subscribe, but about half of every episode is ads; it’s too much. Also, the story is dramatic enough with out the melodramatic narration.
Dumpsterfyr via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 08/03/21
The narrator’s voice is irritating/nasally and the style and cadence of her reporting is distracting and difficult to listen to.
Heatherpaige via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/27/21
Really good story, raises a lot of questions about modern culture of innovation
V.Iurov via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 07/27/21
Smart students at elite university create a cool looking and ‘socially acceptable’ nicotine delivery device, then squirm when they’re caught peddling the harmful addictive drug to teens. Their attempts to control the narrative and claims of ‘unintended consequences’ kind of hard to stomach, like...Read full review »
kimmer_b via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/24/21
SUPER excited to hear another documentary from Laura Beil. Definitely my favorite host.
BrenLaugh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/24/21
I think using the premise of creating a device to help people quit smoking was certainly in the mix when forming this company. A convenient angle at the time. To let it explode on the market and then sell out to big tobacco and leave? Sorry, the people that started Juul obviously don’t run very...Read full review »
Listener74 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/22/21
I enjoyed the story and how techies think they can make an addictive substance non addictive by using water instead of fire.🤦‍♀️If it’s addictive(tobacco) it’s addictive no matter how you try and get it into your system. Tobacco was NEVER meant to be ingested EVER. The smoker inventor was blind...Read full review »
belinda geren via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/12/21
This reminds me of the D.A.R.E campaign from when I was a kid, ridiculously out of touch. I liked the history of the company, could have done without the emotional indictment of teenagers … being teenagers.
mghn17 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/10/21
I loved the reporting and storytelling. Interesting characters. I do wish they had explained a little more about what the effects of vaping are, like why that one kid had problems with his lungs and had to rush to the ER. I didn’t completely understand that. But overall a very interesting and...Read full review »
Becksta71 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/07/21
What is up with creepy commercials for Best Fiends game during this podcast about addiction. . . It’s super weird to suddenly hear a deep voice telling you to download a game ‘that you won’t be able to quit. . . But maybe you don’t have to. . .’, followed by a commercial for online...Read full review »
RiaCatherineF via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/06/21
The hosts naïveté when it comes to understanding the long history of cigarette marketing and advertising is astounding. Her belief that “the mission” of the company was always to only attract existing smokers is hard to stomach. The mission of the company was to grow their business and make money...Read full review »
woohoo1845 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/23/21
Each episode seems to be about 50% commercials, way above the normal for most podcasts. Rather repetitive as well. Overall ok, but not great.
LeeAnnk79 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/23/21
This was enjoyable enough to listen to, but it really feels like they’re blowing the problem out of proportion and are positioning this thing as something it isn’t. Yes, nicotine usage in teens is a problem (it has been a problem for decades). No, we don’t want them to smoke or vape. No, this...Read full review »
Omega Weapon 85 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/23/21
Jag har lyssnat igenom hela podden och kan säga att den är väldigt informativ gällande Juul och hur dem började, deras mål och deras misstag. Men titeln är missledande eftersom den för det mesta pratar om Juul och inte hela vape industrin. Problemet med Juul var att den inte marknadsfördes som en...Read full review »
G R.Ö via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 06/23/21
This show is done really well and I thought it was super interesting. My only complaint is that it’s too short!
nic938293 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/22/21
A timely and interesting subject matter. However, it seemed to go the route of so many podcast in that information, which could have been effectively delivered within three or four episodes, was augmented to six episode for marketing reasons.
ConradH2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/17/21
Wonders never disappoints. They always show all sides of the story. The good the bad and the ugly. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thornton TB via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/17/21
It sounds like the narrator is wearing a mask while narrating. It likely isn’t true, because it would be the most disgusting form of virtue signaling. With that said, something is off with the sound during narration and it’s quite annoying. It could be how the narrator annunciates, but it seems a...Read full review »
nameforappreviews via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/17/21
This was not the compelling tale that other wondery stories have been (dr death, bad batch, etc.). This felt like it should have been much shorter or had a lot more meat to it. Disappointed.
kales_*** via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/17/21
Very well done- but I’m left a little confused. Is vaping harmful or not? Why did all those teens die? Why did all those people get sick? Were there long lasting consequences besides nicotine addiction? Why would you rather have your MIL vape than smoke- so it is safer? We don’t know the long...Read full review »
christamontano via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/17/21
Where are the episodes? Where are all the reviews??
Imsorryforbeingbornafter1985 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/17/21
Normally I like Laura Biel’s podcasts, but this should not have been called, “The Vaping Fix”, because it was exclusively about Juul. She did not do her research about Juul being sold in the UK without all that garbage that was in Juul pods in the US ( like what you find in cigarettes). And...Read full review »
Alakat via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/16/21
I feel like every episode is just recycling audio clips from previous episodes. This is an interesting subject, I feel like they could have dug a lot deeper.
echurco via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/16/21
Just listened to episode 6. So powerful and heart wrenching!
BrandyClark via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/16/21
Loved this! Not a smoker or vaper but the story was fantastic and well narrated!
Kate Abz via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/15/21
Enjoyed this pod but felt juul’s/vapes are being unnecessarily positioned as evil monsters. Teenagers have been drinking, smoking, and doing drugs for ever and they always will. None of these things are made for them but they do it anyway. Wish the pod had presented a bit more of a nuanced view...Read full review »
E. Ross via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/15/21
The over-dramatization of nicotine addiction was patently absurd and hard to stomach. This isn’t the Sackler family getting the nation addicted to opiates. Give me a break.
90210enthusiast via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/21
Sounds like a bunch of parents looking to shift their own failures to a company with decent intentions. Definitely better when kids were sneaking Marlboro reds out of their dads jacket before going to a party where they get drunk and stoned.
Two Parts Sexy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/21
Could have cut it in half. Otherwise, a very well researched and reported podcast series.
DCWolfe via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/21
Good for kids, teens and parents to listen. We don’t want too much content because that probably means more people have been harmed. Twenty four hundred have already filed lawsuits for injury. That’s enough.
$,[email protected]/ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/21
I listened to the entire series waiting for an explanation of what it is about Juul and/or vaping that is any worse or different than teen smoking such that it merits the outrage of Congress, parents, the FDA, etc. And what ever happened to the guy who was rushed to the hospital in the beginning?
Eolswith via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/21
Takes away personal accountability for the parents and teenagers in terms of blame. I grew up during the rise of Juul, I knew nicotine was not a product you wanted to ever smoke. I never once even tried it. So really yes the blame is partially on the creators, but also on those who were naive...Read full review »
OniRayJ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/21
A lot of information but coming from a “Karen” viewpoint.
ERic bbb via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/21
I don’t think for a second that the founders had the “best interest” of people. They have suspicious backgrounds. Umm think about it. Destroy humans from every possible angle.
deanandtweetwee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/21
5 episodes in and so far not so interesting, I mean do we really need the various boring speakers trying to stretch out this thing ?
tony ragu via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/12/21
This podcast feels like an attempt by Juul to control the narrative. I could be wrong, but it feels like damage control. They spend two episodes explaining how the marketing team did not know that advertising to kids through influencers on Instagram would lead to kids using the product.
Fly Commander via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/12/21
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