The seriousness of the vape-related lung injury outbreak was just emerging Sept. 11, when President Donald Trump said he would outline a plan to ban the sale of most flavored vaping products including mint and menthol flavors. “We can’t have our kids be so affected,” Trump said at the time, standing side-by-side with the first lady, Melania Trump.
But just two months later, Trump appears to have crumbled under the weight of lobbyists and political advisors who warned him that taking such a bold move against the vape industry might result in political repercussions. When questioned about his pledge earlier this month to place sweeping restrictions on vape products, he told The Washington Post he’s still investigating the issue.
Since Trump’s initial announcement of a ban, several states had taken measures into their own hands calling for bans on flavored vape products, only to be met with resistance from the tobacco lobby.
White House officials were hoping to announce last week a ban of flavored vaping products and pods – excluding menthol. But vape companies and Big Tobacco pushed back, saying doing so would impede adults who use their products. This prompted a tweet from Trump, who said Nov. 11 that he would be “meeting with representatives of the vaping industry, together with medical professionals and individual state representatives, to come up with an acceptable solution to the vaping and e-cigarette dilemma.” White House advisers, however, said no meetings have been scheduled.
The number of people using vaping products has skyrocketed in recent years, especially among teenagers and young adults, which has raised public health concerns as many e-liquids contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. Nicotine is highly addictive.
Vaping products have also been linked to a life threatening lung injury. As of Nov. 13, there have been 2,172 cases of “e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury” or EVALI, reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 49 states (all but Alaska), the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and 42 deaths from 24 states and the District of Columbia.
Beasley Allen lawyers Joseph VanZandt and Sydney Everett are handling cases involving injuries related to vaping. We are looking at cases involving adolescent addiction and injuries including seizures, strokes, lung problems, and cardiovascular problems related to the use of JUUL vaping devices. If you have these type cases, we would like to work with you.