Another person is on life support after vaping.
Sean Bills, 31, was admitted to Jordan Valley Hospital in Utah Aug. 17 and placed in a medically induced coma after developing lipoid pneumonia. His doctors believe he developed the life-threatening condition from vaping. Lipoid pneumonia is a rare condition that occurs when fat particles enter the lungs and cause inflammation. It can lead to respiratory failure.
Bills’ case is one of 21 cases of severe lung disease possibly linked to vaping that Utah Department of Health officials are investigating. Bills’ wife Tiffani told KTLA that hospital officials said there were four other patients currently in the hospital in critical condition with a suspected link to vaping.
Tiffani and her husband had vaped for two years. About a week and a half ago, Sean Bills woke with shortness of breath and pain. When his condition worsened, doctors put him into a medically induced coma while his lungs healed.
The report comes just days after another Utah man, Alexander Mitchell, was diagnosed with a rare type of pneumonia after vaping. He developed acute respiratory distress syndrome and was placed on life support at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a press briefing to alert the public of the potential risks with vaping. According to the CDC, there have been 193 cases of acute respiratory distress in 22 states among teenagers and young adults that may be linked to vaping. As of yet, the CDC has been unable to link the illnesses to any particular vape device or vape juice.
Beasley Allen lawyers Joseph VanZandt and Sydney Everett are currently representing several individuals who are suing JUUL for the negative impact its products have had on their lives. Most of the plaintiffs became addicted to JUUL as minors and some of them have started smoking regular cigarettes to satisfy their nicotine addiction when JUUL pods aren’t accessible.