USA-Axios.com writes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking cases of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung disease (EVALI). To date, there are 2,409 cases of individuals being hospitalized because of the condition. Vaping is relatively new, and the consequences are not well-understood. A recent study indicated that patients with the lung illness were exposed to vitamin E acetate. The worst cases are mostly correlated to black-market cartridges containing THC, which is the psychotropic chemical in marijuana.
Last month, a seventeen-year-old underwent a full double-lung transplant to save him from what his doctors said would have been a fatal case of vaping-related illness.
Dangers related to vaping have led to some state governments restricting the products and the federal government considering a nationwide ban. The Trump administration stated that they would likely be issuing a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. The ban is not yet in effect, but flavors will probably be pulled from the market, and companies are already preparing for the restrictions. Juul increased its production of mint-flavored pods in anticipation of the bans because they assumed, correctly, that once their fruit-flavored products were removed, their consumers would select mint instead. According to a former executive with Juul, the increase in production led to about one million contaminated mint-flavored pods making it onto the market.
Several states sued Juul for targeting youths with their products. Schools are joining in the lawsuit after many institutions report struggling to handle what is being referred to as an epidemic of vaping among teens. While Juul brand is not directly connected to the illnesses, they are the leading producer of e-cigarettes and related products and are facing most of the backlash.
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