Most people assume JUULing and vaping is less dangerous than smoking cigarettes, but a new study finds that people who had ever vaped are 21% more likely to develop a respiratory disease, and those currently vaping are at 43% increased risk.

“This provides some of the very first longitudinal evidence on the harms associated with e-cigarette products,” says corresponding author Dr. Andrew Stokes, assistant professor of global health at Boston University of Public Health. The study was conducted along with researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and published in JAMA Network Open.

“In recent years we have seen dramatic increase in e-cigarette use among youth and young adults, which threatens to reverse decades of hard-fought gains,” he tells JAMA. “This new evidence also suggests that we may see an increase in respiratory disease as youth and young adults age into midlife, including asthma, COPD, and other respiratory conditions.”

Previous research on the respiratory effects of vapes involved animal or cell models, or only focused on human subjects for short periods of time. This study followed more than 21,000 healthy adults from 2013 through 2018. Researchers found that people who were currently vaping were 33% more likely to suffer from chronic bronchitis, 69% more likely to have emphysema, 57% more likely to have COPD, and 31% to suffer from asthma.

The researchers concluded that the study bolstered growing evidence of the long-term respiratory effects associated with vaping.

Vape litigation

Beasley Allen lawyers Joseph VanZandt, Sydney Everett, James Lampkin, Beau Darley, Soo Seok Yang, and Mass Torts Section Head Andy Birchfield, are currently representing a number of individuals who are suing the top U.S. vape maker JUUL for the negative impact its products have had on their lives. These lawyers currently make up our firm’s JUUL Litigation Team. Lawsuits have also been filed on behalf of school districts and public entities across the country, which seek to protect students and recover resources spent fighting the vaping epidemic. If you have a potential claim or need more information on JUUL, contact any the lawyers on the team.

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