In a 2018 advisory, the US Surgeon General declared youth vaping an epidemic, specifically calling out electronic cigarette giant Juul™ as part of the problem.
E-cigarettes are rapidly changing with the times, and are known by different names, including “e-cigs,” “ehookahs,” “mods,” “pods, ” “vapes,” and “vape pens.”
Recently, a new type of e-cigarette has become increasingly popular among kids due to its minimal vapor, minimal odor, kid-friendly flavors, and small size, making it easy to hide. Many of these new e-cigarettes look like a USB flash drive, among other shapes.
One of the most commonly sold USB flash drive shaped e-cigarettes is JUUL™, which experienced a 600% surge in sales during 2016-2017, giving it the greatest market share of any e-cigarette in the U.S. by the end of 2017. Other companies are now also starting to sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives.
Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain which continues to develop until about age 25. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can impact learning, memory, and attention. Using nicotine in adolescence can also increase the risk of future addiction to other drugs. In addition to nicotine, the ‘vapor’ that users inhale and exhale from e-cigarettes can potentially expose both themselves and bystanders to other harmful substances, including heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and ultra fine particles that can be inhaled deeply into the lungs.
“Vape juice”, the flavored oils that are processed through popular vape devices like the JUUL™, is not only loaded with nicotine but comes in flavors that appeal to very young people, some as young as 12 years old.
As a result of its easy use and minimal odor, the JUUL™ and similar vape devices have become extremely popular with teens and young people. Many times, parents may be unaware that their child is vaping.
If you or your child or a loved one are suffering from the consequences of vaping, which may include NICOTINE ADDICTION, NICOTINE POISONING, DENTAL ISSUES such as DRY SOCKET, or even dangerous SEIZURES, please complete the form, as you may be entitled to money damages for the pain and suffering that the makers of these products may have caused. A representative from our office will be in touch with you shortly.
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