E-cigarettes have become very popular. E-cigarette use, known as vaping, was originally introduced to help adults quit cigarette smoking. Recent incidents expose the dangers of vaping—especially for teens.
Representatives claim vaping products are marketed towards teens. One in four teenage students vape. New York is currently in a 90-day emergency e-cigarette ban.
Juul, a large e-cigarette production company defends its product. A spokesperson explained that Juul e-cigarette products are intended to help adults stop smoking combustible cigarettes.
Is there a crisis?
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 530 people have become sick after vaping and nine have died.
The main argument for banning these products is that they cause teenage addictions instead of helping adults quit traditional cigarette smoking. In addition to the threat of addiction, the e-cigarettes are causing lung-related illnesses.
There is a question surrounding the cause of the illnesses. Some claim that these illnesses are related to vaping THC instead of nicotine although the evidence suggests otherwise.
Out of 12 vaping illnesses, only one involved cannabis.
What if you have been harmed by vaping?
The CDC is advising people to quit using vape products or at least refrain from the products until the cause of these illnesses has been uncovered.
The symptoms of vaping illness include:
- Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
If you have one or more of the symptoms above and have recently vaped THC, nicotine or both, you should seek medical attention. If you were harmed by these products, you may want to hold the retailers accountable.