Since the middle of July 2019, and further intensifying in September of 2019, Juul has come under fire for its dangerous products and deceptive marketing tactics. Juul and the entire vaping industry have faced statewide bans of flavored products and big lawsuits being filed. As time goes on, we continue to see the push for stricter regulation to protect the youth who have been affected by these products. Here are some of the significant stories that have transpired since the vaping epidemic began.
Teen Vaper Receives Double Lung Transplant
In October of 2019, the U.S. had its first vaping patient receive a double lung transplant. This 17- year-old patient had irreparable damage to his lungs due to vaping. The patient would have died if not for the swift actions of the surgeon and his staff. With this information, the teen patient shot up to the top of the lung transplant list. “What I saw in his lungs is nothing I’ve seen before, and I’ve been doing lung transplants for 20 years,” the surgeon said. The parents of the teen wanted this story to reach the publics and hopefully serve as a warning sign to other parents and teenage vapers.
Over 2,500 Vaping-Related Injuries Reported
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury, otherwise known as EVALI, now tops 2,500 confirmed cases in the U.S. This is a 1,100 case increase from the CDC’s report on October 17, 2019, a mere two (2) months ago. These vaping injuries have been reported in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Additionally, 25 states and the District of Columbia have reported deaths from these cases.
Researchers have struggled to find a common denominator behind all of these cases. A recent test of 29 patients with vape-related injuries all contained vitamin E acetate. Furthermore, on December 20, 2019, the CDC reported that most of the vaping-related deaths had this THC additive. The CDC is still trying to deduce just how this substance causes lung injuries. Regardless, this finding is being hailed as a breakthrough in understanding the danger of this epidemic.
New York Sues Juul For Youth-Focused Marketing
New York’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Juul claiming they followed the same tactics as tobacco companies of old, aiming their advertisements at the youth of the nation. The lawsuit states Juul used its range of flavored liquid, device design and advertising on social media using celebrity influencers teens relate to, all led to this current youth epidemic. The lawsuit goes on to state that Juul mislead people about the nicotine contents of its product and misrepresented their product as a safe alternative to combustible cigarettes.
Massachusetts Sues Eight Vaping Companies
On December 23, 2019 Massachusetts’ Attorney General filed a lawsuit against eight (8) vaping companies, including two (2) based in South Florida. Massachusetts was the first state to ban the sale of all vaping products back in September of 2019. The complaint alleges that these eight (8) companies sold flavored vape products to Massachusetts consumers and failed to protect its delivery of these products to minors. Many other companies have made it unavailable to ship and deliver its vape products to Massachusetts because of this new law.
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