The answer to this question won't be the same for every teenager.
Prior to September 2019, JUUL Labs allegedly claimed that its products were safer than smoking during presentations in various locations, including schools. These claims, together with other marketing practices, may have encouraged kids to vape.
Vaping May Lead to Smoking
A study released in the November 9, 2020 edition of Pediatrics found that teens who did not intend to start smoking were four times more likely to try cigarettes after vaping.
Dr. Rutland, a pulmonologist, professor, and spokesperson for the American Lung Association, is quoted by U.S. News & World Report as saying, "It suggests they're basically graduating to cigarettes, which is what everyone is afraid of…They had no intention to smoke, and then a couple years later they were."
The study suggests that many teens who vape would not have smoked traditional cigarettes if a vaping option didn't exist.
Dangers of Vaping
Vaping may lead to cigarette use and all of the well-documented dangers associated with smoking cigarettes. Even without cigarette use, vaping may cause serious health problems on its own, including:
- Nicotine addiction
- Interference with brain development
- Respiratory illness
- Other medical problems
Know Your Teen's Rights After a Vaping Illness
You may be facing a difficult time as a family. Your child is suffering an illness that likely would not have happened if not for vaping. As you navigate your child's medical care, your child may also face significant medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, emotional suffering, time lost from school, and lost income.
A teen who is over the age of 18, or you on your minor child's behalf, may be able to pursue a legal recovery. Our experienced JUUL injury lawyers are here to help you. Please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation today to learn more about your rights and our Win or It's Free Guarantee!