Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
Call Anytime 24/7 1-800-777-4141

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
Free consultation


August 14, 2019

22 People Hospitalized from Vaping-Linked Breathing Issues, but Doctors Unsure of Why

Nearly two dozen people have been hospitalized in the Midwest with serious breathing difficulties linked to vaping. However, doctors can’t pinpoint the answer why.

NBC News reports doctors are struggling to identify what the patients—mostly young adults—inhaled or used as a vaping device. Additionally, medical officers have not been able to identify where patients purchased their devices or e-liquids. Some of the patients reported using their e-cigarette device to inhale other substances along with the nicotine, like psychoactive THC.

“We know there are certain characteristics in common with these cases, but we have not been able to get to the bottom of exactly what aspect of the vaping habit or product or solvent or oil is causing the injury,” stated Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer for Children’s Minnesota, a pediatric health system located in Minneapolis.

The vaping-injury cases were reported across 3 US states, with four in Minnesota, 12 in Wisconsin, and six in Illinois. Patients were admitted and treated for what doctors thought were respiratory infections, like pneumonia. However, patients got worse instead of better.

“They’ve ended up needing our intensive care united and in some cases assistance with their breathing,” Chapman said about the teens admitted to Children’s Minnesota.

Doctors treating the patients in Wisconsin and Illinois encountered similar situations, and all the patients reported using vaping devices before their hospitalization. They, as well, do not know what types of vaping products patients used.

“Could it be that these particular patients were smoking something in common? Definitely possible.” Said Dr. Christy Sadreameli, volunteer spokesperson for the American Lung Association and a pediatric pulmonologist at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “It’s also possible that as clusters become more evident to physicians, we start to look out for things more.”

To read the full story, click the link below:

Vaping Epidemic

The CDC reports that e-cigarette vaping increased 78% among US high school students over the last year, leaping from 11.7% in 2017 to 20.8% in 2018. In response to the vaping epidemic, the US Surgeon General announced in 2019 the severe health risks of young adults vaping.

“E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams stated in his advisory. “Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine – the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain – which continues to develop until about age 25.”

Thousands of e-cigarette users across the nation are increasingly reporting injuries caused by faulty e-cigarettes devices, overly toxic e-liquids, and inadequate warning labels on e-cigarette products about the health risks of vaping. JUUL Labs, manufacturers of the widely popular JUUL e-cigarette, are one of the main companies being called out for e-cigarette injuries and deceptive marketing. Young adults and parents claim JUUL Labs targeted teens in their marketing and neglected to warn consumers of severe health risks of vaping JUUL e-cigarettes.

"These incidents raise serious concerns and underscore why the FDA should be reviewing e-cigarettes and determining their health impact before they are allowed on the market," the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an advocacy organization for reducing youth tobacco use, said in a statement to NBC News.

If you or a loved one has endured injuries or developed a nicotine addiction after vaping JUUL e-cigarettes, you might be entitled to financial compensation for your suffering. Contact AVA Law Group today to learn more!

Recent Posts

April 18, 2023
AVA Spotlight with Cherokee Debuff

Cherokee Debuff It’s time for another AVA Spotlight! This time our spotlight has scanned the skies and landed on a vital AVA Team member-Cherokee Debuff, Legal Assistant. Cherokee is located in AVA’s Billings office, she brings a can-do assertive attitude to the office, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention how very fun […]

March 29, 2023
AVA Spotlight with Taylor McBurney

Taylor McBurney Our first Spotlight shines down on an integral part of the AVA Law Group team - Ms. Taylor McBurney, Legal Assistant. Located in our Billings, MT office, Taylor is an AVA Superhero that goes to battle daily for our clients. We got a chance to sit down and chat with Taylor, read on […]

February 4, 2021
$2 Billion Roundup Settlement Reached Over Glyphosate Cancer Claims

Roundup Victims Could Receive Up To $200,000 On February 3, Bayer AG reached a $2 billion deal to settle future legal claims that their Roundup weedkiller causes cancer. The German company announced the settlement will cover future claims brought by consumers who were exposed to Roundup and later diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For nearly three […]

We make walking through the legal process easy

Problem Solving is our promise

We provide a team of attorney, paralegals, and case managers to clients at no upfront cost.
AVA Law Group eliminates the confusion of filing a claim by working on your claim and, if necessary, connecting you with one our many partner firms that fits your needs and will get you the best results.
We’re available 24/7 to provide you with the information you need about case qualification.

Contact Us Today for your free, in-depth case evaluation

We're on Your Side
We're available 24/7
no fees unless you win

Free in-depth 
no obligation case evaluation

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram