Vaping became popularized as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. Whereas cigarettes are well-known as addictive, cancer-causing, expensive, and foul-smelling, e-cigarettes were originally marketed as being less addictive, less dangerous, longer-lasting, and available in different flavors.
But the initial image of cigarettes’ modern, more appealing counterpart is untrue. The use of e-cigarettes can cause severe injury and illness. If you or a loved one used JUUL or another brand of e-cigarettes and was harmed as a result, contact Monge & Associates today.
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How are E-Cigarettes Different from Traditional Cigarettes?
There are a wide variety of e-cigarette devices. Their designs range from vapes which are built to resemble a traditional cigarette, to larger block-like products, to JUUL-brand vapes which look like a USB drive. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes operate using electricity to heat liquid, which creates a vapor instead of smoke.
The content of vape liquid differs greatly between brands. At the base, most of the liquids in e-cigarettes contain nicotine, propylene glycol, and glycerin. However, the majority of vape liquids also contain flavoring additives, which can be made of many different ingredients. A lot of the components of flavored e-liquids are unregulated and unknown.
The Risks of Vaping
Vaping presents risks that can be just as hazardous as smoking traditional cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes is associated with effects on the lungs, heart, and brain of users. However, the long-term effects of vaping are currently a mystery. E-cigarettes have not been available to consumers for long, so the impact of years of vaping have not become apparent yet.
The use of e-cigarettes has been linked to ailments such as:
- Nicotine addiction
- Respiratory illness
- Lung irritation
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
The use of e-cigarettes has been connected to a surge of lung disease cases throughout the country. People were admitted to hospitals with symptoms resembling pneumonia and other common respiratory ailments, but patients did not respond to typical treatment.
There have also been reports of e-cigarettes exploding, resulting in defective product injuries such as burns and lacerations.
JUUL and Addiction Among Young Smokers
JUUL is a leader in the e-cigarette market that is particularly popular among underage smokers. JUUL is distinctive for its sleek design and wide variety of flavors that are available. The brand has faced criticism for its advertisements that target teenagers — the recent rise in nicotine addiction among young people has been partially accredited to JUUL’s marketing.
Nicotine addiction is especially damaging to young people because of its effect on brain development, particularly on “the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People who are addicted to nicotine at a young age are also more susceptible to developing addictions to other substances later in life.
Were You or Your Child Injured by the Use of Dangerous E-Cigarettes?
Vaping is a vice that is equally as dangerous and addictive as smoking traditional cigarettes, with long-term effects that are still unknown. Despite the industry’s continued attempts to present a “clean” image of e-cigarettes, the truth about the hazards of vaping are coming to light, and people are being injured in the process.
The lawyers of Monge & Associates are dedicated to helping people who have been harmed by the use of e-cigarettes. Schedule a free consultation with us if you have a case for recovering compensation.
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