There have been 12 deaths in this country linked to vaping, and the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has opened its Emergency Operations Center to mobilize researchers as they investigate at least 805 more incidents of vaping-related illness. That’s a 52% increase over the 530 cases reported just last week.
In the meantime, California officials are urging residents to stop vaping altogether. In a statement released early this week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) told residents to refrain from vaping, saying that there are too many uncertainties about what’s safe. While incidents have been reported in almost all states at this point, California has been hit especially hard with multiple deaths and at least 90 known injuries. More information keeps developing on this issue almost daily.
While federal health officials aren’t ready to link the illnesses and deaths to one particular product, vaping has generally come under fire. The recent spate of deaths has alarmed many people in government. Allegations that companies like Juul have marketed their brand specifically toward teenagers through the use of social media and sweet flavors — essentially getting a whole new generation of people addicted to smoking — are also surfacing.
To combat the issues, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order setting a $20 million public awareness campaign in motion. The goal of the campaign is to educate young people about vaping dangers and issues like “popcorn lung” and nicotine addiction.
If you or your loved one suffered a serious injury due to vaping, speak to a personal injury attorney about how you may be able to hold someone responsible. An attorney can review your claim and help protect your legal rights.