Can vaping cause respiratory illness in people who never smoked cigarettes?

A study conducted by Boston University School of Public Health and Boston University School of Medicine recently looked at the health effects of vaping in people who had not smoked or used other tobacco products. Researchers looked at data from more than 21,600 people with no respiratory issues, reported use of tobacco products other than e-cigarettes, marijuana use, or childhood or current exposure to secondhand smoke.

Study Links Vaping to Increased Risk of Respiratory Illness

The study, published in JAMA Network Open, found that:

  • Former e-cigarette users had a 21% increase in the risk of respiratory disease
  • Current e-cigarette users had a 43% increase in the risk of respiratory disease

Additionally, current e-cigarette users had a:

  • 33% increased risk of chronic bronchitis
  • 69% increased risk of emphysema
  • 57% increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • 31% increased risk of asthma

What to Do After a Vaping Injury

E-cigarette use among teenagers and young adults increased significantly in recent years. Multiple deaths and more than a thousand cases of serious lung injury have been reported. In some cases, e-cigarette companies, such as JUUL Labs, allegedly marketed their products to young people.

If you, or your child, suffers a severe respiratory injury after JUULing, then it is essential to get prompt medical attention and to talk to a Midwest JUUL injury lawyer about your rights.

Children under the age of 18 cannot bring their own lawsuits in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Iowa. However, their parents can file personal injury cases on their behalf. Additionally, young adults in their late teens and early 20s often need parental guidance to protect their legal rights.

Our JUUL injury lawyers are here to help your child, or you, get the recovery that you deserve. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation in any of our 11 offices throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, in your home, hospital room, or by phone or video-conference.


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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.