It’s no secret that vaping has been on the rise since 2010. The use of e-cigarettes has been marketed as an alternative to smoking, though it seems using these devices can sometimes be just as dangerous. In fact, more than 2,000 hospital patients have been diagnosed with lung damage after vaping; and, Lubbock is not immune from the dangers and side effects posed by JUUL and other vaping devices.
Locally, just as in many cities across the nation, doctors in Lubbock are trying to better understand the vaping trend. Though many vapers don’t experience negative effects, users are still gambling with their health.
Chief of the pulmonary and critical care division at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Dr. Victor Test, believes only time will tell the extent of the damage vaping can cause to the human body, much like how we learned about the dangers of cigarettes. However, he remains optimistic, “hopefully we won’t be 50 years down the road and hoping we’d acted sooner,” Test stated.
The Dangers Of Vaping
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued multiple warnings to the public with regard to vaping, including asking people to consider “not using e-cigarettes.” In addition, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also warned consumers who vape to purchase neither the devices nor the juices they use “off the street” or to not modify the devices or intended substances.
So far there have been 48 deaths associated with vaping-related illnesses in 25 different states and 2,291 cases of severe lung illnesses associated with e-cigarettes across the United States. In order to better understand why this epidemic is occurring, it is important to know the dangers associated with vaping and e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are devices used to heat nicotine extracted from tobacco, added flavorings, and other chemicals in order to create a water vapor for inhalation. Cigarettes contain around 7,000 different chemicals, many of which are toxic; however, it is unclear what chemicals are found in e-cigarettes.
In many cases where patients experience e-cigarette or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI), they modified an e-cigarette device or used black market modified e-liquids containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Vitamin E acetate has been used as a thickening and/or diluting agent in THC vaping products, and it is often found in the systems of patients who suffer from EVALI.
Nicotine is the primary agent in both cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and it is highly addictive. It causes users to crave smoking and suffer withdrawal symptoms when ignoring that craving. Nicotine is highly toxic, as it raises blood pressure and can spike adrenaline, increasing the user’s heart rate and the likelihood of suffering a heart attack.
Though often marketed as a way to help users ease off smoking, the FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as smoking cessation devices. Users intending to use e-cigarettes to quit a nicotine addiction often end up addicted to and using both cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
Among those under the age of 18, e-cigarettes are more popular than any other traditional tobacco product. Back in 2015, e-cigarette use among high school students had already increased by 900%; and, 40% of young e-cigarette users had never used regular tobacco products prior to vaping.
Lubbock Personal Injury Attorney
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group handle a wide variety of cases and we take our clients’ cases personally. If you or a loved one has been injured by a vaping device, or by the negligence of a company or other organization, contact us today to discuss the details of your case in a free consultation.