According to the National Institutes of Health, more teens than ever are vaping or have tried it. 17% of eight graders, 32% of 10th graders, and an alarming 37% of 12th graders have tried vaping in the past year. Many of these teens may not be aware that their vaping devices contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that can make it more likely that these teens will take up smoking or become addicted to the vaping devices in the future. The teen brain is particularly sensitive to nicotine. Teens who use nicotine are more likely to have addiction issues later in life. Nicotine use can also interfere with brain development and can impact respiratory health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, use of nicotine during the teen years can increase the risk for nicotine addiction, can increase the risk for mood disorders, and can permanently lower impulse control, which can lead to addiction issues. Attention and learning can also be impacted. With such high risks, why do teens continue to use these devices?
There are many reasons why teens might choose to vape. Some believe that teens chose to vape because the products were marketed to their target age group and were sold using flavors that appealed to younger audiences. Peer pressure, combined with the belief that e-cigarettes and vaping devices are less harmful than cigarettes may have also contributed to the teen vaping and e-cigarette epidemic. E-cigarette and vaping companies may not have always clearly labelled their products, indicating that these products contained nicotine. In fact, according to the Truth Initiative, e-cigarette formulas allow the products to contain high levels of nicotine, increasing the risk that teens will become addicted.
What does this mean for teens? Many teens are now addicted to vaping and e-cigarette devices. And many of these teens became addicted to these devices when they were underage. Now, parents and even states are suing e-cigarette companies like JUUL for marketing these products to youth and teens. Is your teen addicted to e-cigarettes, vaping devices, or cigarettes? Did your teen use JUUL? You may be able to join a growing number of young adults and parents that are pursuing lawsuits against the makers of these devices. The Law Offices of Oscar Syger is a personal injury law firm in Boca Raton, Florida that can review your case and determine the best course forward if you became addicted to JUUL or e-cigarettes as a teen.
Have You Suffered From Vaping Related Lung Injury in Boca Raton, Florida?
The Centers for Disease Control reports an outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries (EVALI), that spans all 50 states. 2,409 people have been hospitalized with mysterious lung injuries after using e-cigarette devices. While the CDC continues to investigate the causes of this mysterious lung illness, it appears that individuals who went on to develop lung injuries after using an e-cigarette or vaping device used e-cigarettes that contained vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E acetate is an additive found in some e-cigarettes that contain THC. Many of the patients who went on to develop vaping related lung illness and injury were regular THC smokers who used vaping devices. The CDC is investigating where individuals acquired the e-cigarettes that caused lung injury, though it appears that some individuals may have gotten these devices by using counterfeit vaping devices. However, it still isn’t entirely clear what might be causing vaping related lung injury and illness, and the CDC notes that there may be more than one cause as to why people are getting sick.
Have you developed a lung injury or illness after using a vaping device or e-cigarette? Do you have questions about what your rights are? The Law Offices of Oscar Syger is a personal injury law firm in Boca Raton, Florida that is closely watching this case unfold and is working to help victims and families whose lives might have been impacted by vaping devices. Diverse vaping-related injuries have been reported over the years. In some cases, these devices have exploded and in other cases, additives have been suspected in causing illness. If you are one of the people who have gotten sick or who have gotten injured after using these devices, you may have certain rights under the law and may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
Vaping Lawsuits in Boca Raton, Florida
E-cigarette companies like JUUL have made millions of dollars selling their products to youths and adults. If you are one of the people who became addicted to these products as an underage teen or were injured while using one of these products, you may have the right to join the growing number of youths and parents seeking lawsuits from JUUL and other companies. The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger are here to answer your questions and if you have a case, we may be able to assist you.