Georgia’s first vaping-related death was recently reported in Savannah. The victim had a history of vaping nicotine, but had never vaped THC, the active chemical in marijuana. After using nicotine e-cigarette products, the patient was hospitalized and died from a severe lung injury, the likes of which are currently under investigation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A Widespread Concern (Especially for Young Men)
As of September 27, 2019, at 1PM, 805 cases have been reported and there have been 12 deaths. In Georgia alone, the state is investigating 9 cases. The injury overwhelmingly affects young men, with nearly 75% of cases affecting males and 83% of those men being under the age of 35.
Chemical Exposure, Lawsuits, and Legislation
The CDC has yet to determine which substance causes these severe ailments, but they have determined that the injuries are a result of chemical exposure.
As a result, many injured consumers are filing lawsuits against Juul and other e-cigarette manufacturers.
The Guardian and anti-tobacco groups are calling Juul “the new big tobacco,” and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a ban of flavored e-cigarettes to reduce vaping amongst teenagers.
Even if flavors like “strawberry milk” and “cotton candy,” are banned, however, the risk of severe lung injury would not be entirely eliminated. Chemical exposure will affect those who vape, no matter the flavor, heartily disproving Juul’s claim that vaping is a safer alternative to cigarettes.
For now, the CDC recommends that all consumers stop vaping – at least until the investigation is complete.
Watch for Symptoms
If you are a man under the age of 35, or anyone who regularly uses e-cigarette products like Juul pods, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
If you are experiencing these symptoms, and especially if they get worse over time, seek treatment as soon as possible.
To hold Juul and other manufacturers accountable for your injury, contact Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys today. We are available 24/7 at (912) 809-5335 and offer free consultations. Our dream team can help you get the justice you deserve.