Dozens of teens and adults around the country are being hospitalized with mysterious lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use and vaping, the Washington Post reported. Nearly 100 possible cases are now being investigated by state and federal health officials.
Many of the cases involve teens and young adults, some of whom have wound up in intensive care and on ventilators. Medical authorities are reportedly saying it is unclear whether patients will fully recover.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with health departments in states with confirmed cases, including California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. So far, the CDC is investigating 94 possible cases in 14 states, according to the Post.
The lung injuries have been linked to vaping and e-cigarette use, but officials are not sure whether the illnesses are associated with the e-cigarette devices themselves or with specific ingredients or contaminants inhaled through them.
People ranging in age from 16 to 49 have been hospitalized for lung injuries associated with vaping. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Some patients have also reported fever, cough, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Health officials are urging clinicians to be on the lookout for possible cases and to report them to the CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA has started its own anti-tobacco crackdown in light of the youth vaping epidemic. It is reported that more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students said they used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. With little evidence demonstrating the safety of e-cigarettes, the growing number of injuries associated with their use is concerning health officials.
Minnesota Health Department’s medical director, Ruth Lynfield, told the Post, “There are still many unanswered questions. … I think it’s important to understand that vaping is assumed to be safe, and yet we know so little about it.”
E-cigarette users who developed severe health problems are now filing lawsuits against Juul Labs, the maker of Juul vape pens, and other e-cigarette manufacturers including Blu, NJOY, Vuse, Joyetech, and Apollo.
If you used e-cigarettes and developed lung issues or other health complications, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call 1-800-631-5656 to speak with a member of our legal team today, or use the form on the right-hand side of your screen.