The use of liquid nicotine claimed the life of a fifth teenager recently according to reports from CBS local in Philadelphia. Vaping has become the popular go to amongst the new generation who are choosing this liquid nicotine-based product over the traditional cigarettes. This product is used by heating the liquid and creating a steam that the user inhales. It is said to be much less harmful than e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes, but what users are unaware of is the dangers that come with inhaling oils such as nicotine, vitamin E, or THC, all of which can be found in common vaping tools. New York health officials reported several cases of sudden respiratory problems in frequent vapers and found that Vitamin E was the common culprit.
Further investigation done by Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the 23rd commissioner for the FDA stated that the introduction of illicit products into the market may be the cause of the sudden respiratory issues.
The most common device used for vaping today is the Juul device. Juul recently faced a lawsuit when 16 people were treated for chemical pneumonia and a 14 year old began facing addiction issues according to a report by Legalnewsline. The CEO of Juul, Kevin Burns, stated in an interview with CBS news that while his product’s long-term risks are not known, his products “are tested for toxicity”. He goes on to claim that the product was never intended for teenagers to use and that “as a parent of a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old [he would not want] his kids to use it”. With limited information on this phenomenon, the CDC is advising all users to limit their usage or stop completely until further research is done.
“I got a vape not too long ago [because] I saw all those Juul ads on social media. I tried my best to get the least harmful kind, so I went for the 0 nicotine in mango,” stated a Benedictine student who chose to remain anonymous. When asked if they knew what the long-term effects of using a Juul product were, the student responded saying they were not aware of such risks.
Further FDA investigations will proceed to make the final verdict: Is this the new lung disease of our generation or just a bad batch that infiltrated the market? Find out more below.