JUUL’s Link to Pneumonia, COPD, and Heart Attacks
The marketing and packaging of JUUL e-cigarettes have been said to appeal to high school and college-age students more than adults. Part of the appeal is wrapped in the belief that JUUL users consume, via inhalation, far fewer toxins than regular cigarette smokers.
While the nicotine inhaled through an e-cigarette via vaping is less of a concern for adults and college-aged users, it remains a serious health issue for teenagers. Developing serious health issues is higher in teenagers as their brains and lungs are still developing. But user age isn’t the only factor for increased concerns linked to vaping.
One of the biggest concerns that JUUL presents to any user includes the development of pneumonia, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, or eosinophilic pneumonia that required medical treatment including hospitalization. JUUL smokers can very quickly develop one of these significant forms of pneumonia that may require ICU care including mechanical ventilation; this can progress to death. They also are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with COPD or advanced Asthma.
Additionally, users of JUUL e-cigarettes place themselves at a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack (myocardial infarction).
CDC Evidence Links JUUL to Toxic Substances
The Centers for Disease Control is expected to report this year that the number of high schoolers who were using an e-cigarette in 2018 is roughly 3 million, up more than 70% since last year’s CDC National Youth Tobacco Survey.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concluded that substantial evidence exists to link “exposure to potentially toxic substances from e-cigarettes is significantly lower compared with combustible tobacco cigarettes” and that completely switching from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes “results in reduced short-term adverse health outcomes in several organ systems.” This study was concluded in January 2018.
JUUL Gateway to Other Nicotine Products
Nicotine, by itself, is addictive. While not considered harmful, it’s also not completely benign. Because e-cigarettes don’t undergo combustion, the name for the chemical process that occurs when tobacco burns and releases toxins, they’re marketed as being inherently less dangerous than cigarettes.
Research has shown that nicotine impacts the developing brain of adolescents differently than adults, triggering depression, anxiety or trouble focusing. Further, kids who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try regular cigarettes, the National Academy of Medicine found.
Launched just three years ago, Juul currently accounts for 75 percent of the e-cigarette market; according to Nielsen data from a recent four-week period.
What can a JUUL attorney do for you?
Were you or your high school or college aged child diagnosed with pnuemonia, COPD, Asthma, or a heart condition after using a JUUL e-cigarette? Then we highly suggest that you seek the advice of an experienced JUUL attorney like those at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today. Our legal team can help you evaluate your insurance and compensation options. We are also prepared to find answers to every question that you may have.
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