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October 17, 2019

Your Body on Vaping: Here’s What We Know

Article: How E-Cigarette Products Affect You Mentally and Physically

New stories flood the news every day about people being injured by a mysterious lung illness linked to vaping, but few understand the toll e-cigarette use takes on the human body.

The CDC reports that nearly 1,500 individuals have been hospitalized with injuries associated with the use of e-cigarettes. Patients experience painful symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, and nausea, many of which quickly turn severe. As of October 15, thirty-three people have died from their vaping-related injuries, confirmed across 24 states.

While investigators are still searching for a common vaping product or device linked to all cases, health officials recommend not using e-cigarette or vaping products until the specific cause of these illnesses has been identified.

However, many find discontinuing e-cigarette use to be difficult, or refuse to quit.  Vaping has long been advertised as a safer alternative to traditional nicotine cigarettes. Also, manufacturers have aggressively marketed e-cigarettes to the point where a large percentage of American youth are addicted to vaping not knowing the physical and mental costs.

A recent article by Huffpost brings together many of the known impacts of vaping on the body, revealing more about the trauma your body goes through by using e-cigarette products.

Click here to read the full article. 

Vaping Injury Lawsuits

As more teens and young adults face severe addictions and injuries from vaping, lawsuits are increasingly being filed against e-cigarette manufacturers. Lawsuits across the country claim that e-cigarette manufacturers failed to warn consumers about the severe health risks of vaping their products, removing the right to choose a safer alternative.

JUUL Labs, which represents a massive 75% of the vaping industry’s dollar market share, faces hundreds of lawsuits from young adults and parents of injured teens for vaping injuries caused by JUUL e-cigarettes. Injured individuals say JUUL Labs not only sold a severely addictive product without adequate warning of the health risks, but they targeted minors in their advertising campaigns. The claims are not far off, as the FDA called out JUUL in May of 2019 for contributing to the dramatic rise in the rate of teen vaping in the United States.

Currently, all JUUL e-cigarette lawsuits pending in the federal court have been centralized as part of a multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of California.

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