In recent months, a significant health concern has arisen regarding the health of today’s youth in Maryland and around the nation. It involves the rapidly growing number of illnesses that appear to be stemming from vaping that could potentially result in personal injury cases. Vaping involves inhaling nicotine through a device known as a vape or an e-cigarette. The liquids are frequently flavored, which people believe may be in an effort to attract young users. Candy and fruit flavors are among the ones available.
Over the summer, many people showed up in hospital emergency rooms, exhibiting symptoms of severe lung illness. Some were treated in the ICU and required help to breathe. The common denominator appears to be that they had reported vaping within the last 30 days. While most who fell ill have been successfully treated, at least five people have died.
Most of those who have fallen ill have been high school or middle school students. A survey conducted in 2018 found that 21% of high school seniors claimed they had vaped in the past 30 days. Of the teens who were sickened, 84% claimed to have vaped a product containing THC, the ingredient in Marijuana that induces the feeling of being high. The brand of device that most teens were using was manufactured by Juul Labs, who designed a sleek and compact product that now dominates the market.
The health of a person’s child is typically of paramount importance. When something threatens that in Maryland, a parent may wish to find a culprit that is responsible. Consulting with a personal injury professional can assist a person in determining if a personal injury lawsuit is a viable option.