Louisiana loses first victim to vaping-related illness

Vaping-related illnesses and lawsuits have been spreading all over the nation for months. Louisiana is just the newest state to report that someone has died due to a vaping injury. Thousands more around the country are sick, and some may have permanent disabilities.

Right now, much of the focus is turned toward the victims of what both federal and local health authorities believe are "black market" vapes or vaping cartridges. Early research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the fatalities may be linked to vitamin E acetate, which is being used as an additive in some products. Despite this, the state Department of Health has recommended that people discontinue using all vaping products and not to rely on them as a replacement for nicotine. They also remind people who don't use tobacco products to avoid picking up the habit.

Some people are already claiming, however, that certain e-cigarette manufacturers always intended to expose a new generation of kids to smoking. Otherwise, why would JUUL and other companies have marketed so heavily on social media sites for teens? Why make the flavors sweet and attractive to young people? Vaping was marketed as being a safe, clean and less-toxic version of smoking. Many teens took up the habit, not realizing that they would become addicted so quickly.

Some of those teens and young adults now have various lung conditions that may have come from the use of vape pens and other products. Others may be suffering from conditions related to black-market products sold in gas stations. Either way, it may be possible to hold the manufacturer or distributor of such dangerous and defective products responsible for the injuries they've caused.

If you believe that you or your loved one suffered an injury due to vaping, find out more about your legal options.

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