Teens who vape are more likely to suffer with lifetime asthma, a new study has found. But when combined with cigarette smoking or marijuana use, the risk may be even greater.

kids vaping 375x210 Kids who vape at greater risk of lifetime asthmaThe study, presented at the annual American Thoracic Society, which was held virtually this year, found that frequent use of vapes, marijuana, and cigarettes were associated with a 23% to 68% increased risk of lifetime asthma. But when vapes were combined with marijuana, the risk was even greater.

Researchers also found that vapes were the most commonly used nicotine products among American teens. Vapes contain nicotine, often as much as an entire pack of cigarettes. And, nicotine is a highly addictive chemical. Teens who vape have become hooked, exasperating the teen vaping epidemic. This has put a burden on schools, which have had to redirect time and resources to from education in order to stop kids from vaping in school and to provide services when they become addicted.

According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey funded jointly by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaping among middle and high school students increased “alarmingly” from 2017 to 2018. Public health officials and lawmakers blame vape companies like JUUL for luring youth with fruit- and candy-flavored e-liquids and using ads that feature social media influencers popular with teens.

Beasley Allen lawyers Joseph VanZandt and Sydney Everett, together with Mass Torts Section Head Andy Birchfield, are currently representing several individuals who are suing the top U.S. vape maker JUUL for the negative impact its products have had on their lives. Recognizing the critical threat to young people ensnared by nicotine addiction, and its effect on our nation’s educational system, our firm has also joined other nationally recognized law firms to represent school districts and public entities across the country in the fight to stop the school vaping crisis.

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