VAPING UPDATE: Death Toll Continue to Climb Amid FDA Warnings
Vaping has become a widespread trend, particularly among teens and young crowds. With the astounding increase of e-cigarette and vaping product use comes concerning statistics. The most recent statistics reveal that American vaping-related deaths has risen to 33 nationwide. In the last 6 months alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has “linked vaping to 1,479 cases of a mysterious lung disease.” Over 75% of these cases were directly related to e-cigarettes with users under the age of 35. High usage of vaping has left us all concerned about the side effects of these products, and the long term damage they cause.
The Harms in Vaping
A study recently concluded that the oils and chemicals in vape liquid are extremely toxic. The Mayo Clinic has found the toxins released in vape liquid cause chemical fumes and harmful gases to be brought into the respiratory system and can cause chemical burns to the lungs of vape users.
Excessive use of vape products comes with countless side effects. One of the more prominent consequences is nicotine addiction due to the higher levels of nicotine contained in vape products versus traditional cigarettes. Stroke, heart attack, and lung disease are among other common side effects. Additional, less serious, side effects include bloodshot eyes, irritability, and excessive thirst.
What’s Being Done?
The Food and Drug Administration, along with the CDC, have been conducting extensive studies in hopes to connect with the public for solutions to end this vaping epidemic our country is facing. The FDA plans to examine all vape pens for hazardous materials including cutting agents, pesticides, opiates, heavy metals, and toxins so that health officials can warn consumers of the dangerous side effects of vaping.
How to Prevent Vaping and Lung Disease
Knowledge is power and the general public needs to be made aware of the risks. Parents, especially,should speak to their children and seek help to help them break the habit. Vaping has clear consequences for anyone, at any age. Make sure to stay on top of the latest facts and talk to your loved ones who still vape.
Justice Starts Here
Here at Hendy |Johnson | Vaughn | Emery, we promise to continue to inform you of the latest news and risks related to vaping and e-cigarette usage. We are determined to have this epidemic come to an end. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to vaping, our team of experienced attorneys are here to assist. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about your legal options.