A study published last year in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine shows that long-term use of e-cigarettes ‘significantly increases’ risk of asthma and emphysema, according to a CBC report. Study subjects who used e-cigarettes were one-third more likely to develop lung disease than those who did not. Test subjects who used both e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco products experienced even higher risk.
Stanton Glantz of the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education summed up the study’s findings in an interview with the CBC: “E-cigarettes are promoted as harmless,” he said, “and they’re not.”
The promotion of e-cigarettes like JUUL as a harmless alternative to tobacco products is at the centre of several vaping lawsuits, including our own mass tort claim against JUUL. While e-cigarettes may be a healthier alternative for individuals who are addicted to traditional cigarettes, they are by no means a safe product without health risks.
“Everybody, including me, used to think e-cigarettes are like cigarettes but not as bad,” Glantz, who is one of the study’s authors, added. “If you substitute a few e-cigarettes for cigarettes, you’re probably better off. It turns out you’re worse. E-cigarettes pose unique risks in terms of lung disease.”
Studies like Glantz’s are gaining traction among stakeholders across North America. Vaping lawsuits directed at JUUL and author manufacturers are being launched on a weekly basis. And in November, the American Medical Association (AMA) ‘called for a total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping products that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as smoking cessation tools,’ according to a separate CBC report.
“The recent lung illness outbreak has … shined a light on the fact that we have very little evidence about the short- and long-term health consequences of e-cigarettes and vaping products,” said AMA president Dr. Patrice Harris in a statement.
If you currently use JUUL or have used JUUL in the past, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact us today if you have experienced any physical, emotional, or behavioral issues associated with JUUL use, or fill out the free, confidential case review form on our homepage.
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