JUUL E-Cigarettes Face Increased Scrutiny Due to Health Concerns
Last week, Juul Labs, the manufacturer of popular JUUL e-cigarettes, announced that it would stop advertising its products in the U.S. after numerous cases of users developing serious lung-related illnesses were reported. In addition, the company says it won’t push back on efforts to pull its flavored e-cigarettes from the market, which some believe are more enticing to young people, putting them at risk of health problems and nicotine addiction.
According to NPR, at least 530 people in 38 states have developed vaping-related lung diseases, and nine people have died as a result of those illnesses. Health experts also worry that vaping may lead to as of yet unknown long-term health problems and lung damage. Multiple states, including Massachusetts, New York, and Michigan, have moved to ban the sales of all vaping products.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that the agency should have acted sooner when regulating the devices. E-cigarettes like JUUL have significantly increased in popularity in recent years, and around 25 percent of American high school students used e-cigarettes within the past month. The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse says that the high levels of nicotine in e-cigarettes can cause damage to young people’s brains, as they’re still developing.
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