A teen who has suffered from severe lung disease is suing e-cigarette manufacturer Juul – the first vape pen lawsuit. The teen claims that Juul is at fault for using deceptive marketing tactics, and blamed his illness his e-cigarette consumption. This comes on the heels of a nationwide epidemic blamed for over 380 illnesses and six deaths across thirty six states.
More Vape Pen Lawsuits to Come?
Alan Hergenreder, an 18-year old male from Gurnee, Illinois claims that came down with the illness after vaping for two years. After going to the doctor with stomach flu symptoms, a CT scan showed lung severe lung issues. The vape pen lawsuit was filed at Lake County Circuit Court last week.
A Healthier Alternative?
Initially, e-cigarette manufacturers marketed their products as healthy alternatives to smoking traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes consumers inhale water vapor (hence the name vape pens) instead of inhaling smoke. But this new rash of illnesses has caused the CDC to claim an epidemic. While there are a few potential culprits behind the illnesses, the CDC has been unable to pinpoint exactly what is causing it.
A few suggested causes have ranged from black market vape cartridges to Vitamin E acetates. Black market vape pens – especially the ones from China – can contain contain contaminants such as lead. Clearly not something you want to be inhaling. Vitamin E acetate has been found in a few of the existing cases. Its important to make sure you know how to buy the safest vape pens.
The use of vape pens and e-cigarettes has exploded among teens in recent years. And flavored vape pens have lead the way – growing a whopping 1.3 million from 2017 to 2018. The Trump administration has hinted at banning all flavored e-cigarettes as a way to curb teen vaping. Additionally, New York state legislature has moved to ban all flavored e-cigarettes by emergency order. And now even more states have enacted vape pen bans.
Due to the fact that these products are so new, researchers know little about nicotine-based e-cigarettes, and even less research has been done on THC-baed vape pens. The CDC is currently scrambling to learn more about what could be the cause of this epidemic. In the meantime, they have suggested that everyone should stop vaping immediately.