The Florida family filed a lawsuit against the electronic cigarette company Juul, claiming that their son's addiction to vaping had caused his death. This is believed to be the first wrongful death procedure related to vaping.
According to Bloomberg law, the lawsuit claims that Daniel David Wakefield died in his sleep at the age of 18 of "respiratory complications" after spending the day helping his mother move boxes.
The claim alleges that Jules "benefited from minimum regulations and electronic cigarette gates at a time when youth smoking had been at its lowest level for decades." According to the suit, Juul "develops and markets a highly addictive product that can be packaged and sold to young people without having to comply with restrictions on regular cigarette companies."
In addition, the suit alleges that Juul designed inherited nicotine addictive teen products and to be undetectable by adults.
According to the lawsuit, Wakefield became exposed to the July 201
The lawsuit claims Wakefield was hospitalized for respiratory complications in 2016, but even after his hospitalization, he continues to vaping and insists vaping is safe.
The suit alleges that in August 2018 Wakefield lies down but shows no signs of respiratory complications or wheezing, and was found dead around 4:00 a.m. by his father, claiming his death was attributed to "respiratory complications."
On the CDC website, says that as of October 15, 2019, there were 1,479 cases of lung damage associated with e-cigarette episodes, including 33 deaths in 24. The CDC notes, however, that "most" injuries and deaths are the result of the use of "street" cartridges containing THC, a psychoactive chemical in recreational marijuana.
According to the CDC, "Recent national and state findings suggest that products containing THC, especially those obtained on the street or from other unofficial sources (eg friends, family members, illicit traders), are related to most cases and play t play a major role in the outbreak of "lung injuries from e-cigarettes.
Although the CDC specifically recommends that users do not use vaping cartridges containing THC, they further state that "since the specific causes or causes of lung injury are not yet known, the only way to ensure that you are at risk as the investigation continues to consider refraining from using all electronic cigarettes or vaping products. "
The Trump administration announced in September that it plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette cartridges across the country. In anticipation of this policy and facing heavy criticism, Juul announced last week that it would voluntarily stop selling its flavored fruits in the United States; however, some flavors (including mint) remain on the market