E-cigarettes, or e-cigs, first hit the market as safer alternatives to traditional cigarette smoking. However, recent deaths and illnesses may indicate that these new electronic alternatives may be even more dangerous than their predecessors. Across the United States, hundreds are falling ill with a lung-related illness that has, so far, remained unnamed by medical professionals.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 530 cases of lung injury have been reported, and 7 deaths have been confirmed as of September 19, 2019. Unfortunately, these numbers seem to be climbing almost daily. The connection that links each of these cases together? E-cigarette use.
The Health Risks Associated with E-Cig Use
E-cigarettes are USB-shaped electronic devices that use cartridges, or pods, to release vapors in an act similar to smoking traditional cigarettes. However, unlike cigarettes, e-cigs do not contain tobacco. In substitution for tobacco, e-cigarettes rely on a medley of chemicals, along with a hefty supply of addictive nicotine. To boot, the e-cigarette giants, like JUUL, offer fruity, sweet flavors to satisfy anyone’s tastes. The result? An addictive, flavorful cocktail that ensnares young consumers.
Although the products are relatively new, and studies about long-term health effects are relatively few, we do know that e-cigarettes can be dangerous.
Vaping can result in several health problems, including:
- Nicotine addiction
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Increased risk of diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Behavioral problems
- Issues with brain development, especially in adolescents
- Increased sensitivity to other drugs
The CDC’s Actions
The CDC released a warning in a statement Monday, September 16, 2019, informing the public that e-cigarette use has been connected to dangerous lung injuries throughout the nation. The statement stated that the CDC had activated an Emergency Operations Center to investigate the issue and help those affected by the outbreak of e-cig-related injuries and fatalities.
So far, here’s what we know about those affected by e-cig injuries:
- 72% of the surveyed victims are male
- Roughly two-thirds are between the ages of 18 and 34 years old
- All victims have a confirmed history of vaping
- Victims used e-cigarette products containing THC, nicotine, or a combination of both
What Is the Government Doing?
Under President Trump’s orders, the federal government is currently planning to enact a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes. Because the flavored pods often attract young users, this legislation is a direct effort to combat underage e-cigarette use, as the effects of vaping can be especially dangerous to adolescents.
To learn more about the outbreak of vaping illnesses, visit CNN Health online.
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The CDC is currently asking all individuals who currently use e-cigarettes to “consider refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products,” at least until further information is available. There is no singular product or brand that links these injuries, which is why anyone in contact with e-cigarettes could be at risk.
If you or someone you love suffered a lung injury after using e-cigarettes, you may have a valid injury claim. E-cigarette use can lead to more than life-altering addiction or chronic lung illnesses. As we’re learning, the use of e-cigs can be fatal.
To discuss your situation and discover your legal options, get in touch with our firm today. Contact Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC to schedule a free consultation.