E-cigarette use has become increasingly popular in recent years, as vaping is often marketed as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. However, research has shown that using JUUL and other such devices can lead to many of the same conditions, including heart attacks.
How can vaping lead to heart attacks?
It has been known for a time that smoking cigarettes can contribute to heart disease and heart attack risk, but what about vaping? E-cigarettes that contain nicotine, such as JUUL, are just as likely to cause heart attacks as the nicotine in traditional cigarettes. In fact, many e-cigarettes containing nicotine have much higher concentrations than a tobacco cigarette.
Nicotine can stress the heart by activating the body’s “fight or flight” response, increasing heart rate, narrowing arteries, and raising blood pressure. There are also reports showing that consuming nicotine can lead to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), a common cause of heart attacks. Nicotine and other added preservatives in products such as JUUL can also adversely affect blood clotting function, even immediately after vaping.
In addition to nicotine, e-cigarettes have unique properties that can lead to heart attacks. Research Stanford showed that the liquid vaporized from pens can harm the cardiovascular system by damaging the cells lining blood vessels and affect the flow of blood to the heart. Other research demonstrated that e-cigarettes can emit tiny particles, including metal, into the lungs which can lead to blood toxicity.
While heart attacks are usually more of a concern for older people, vaping increases that risk even in younger people. Cardiologist Dr. Mahmoud Sharaf of Unity Point Health stated “I’ve seen heart attacks in people who are in their mid-30’s to 40’s only hours after vaping. That’s concerning, but the long term effects of vaping are even more top-of-mind for me. Teens who are vaping now might be 18 and wouldn’t otherwise have had heart issues. But, if they continue vaping, their first heart problem might appear as early as their late 20s or early 30s”.
This is especially concerning, as vaping has sharply increased among the nation’s youth. In fact, lawsuits are being filed against JUUL for purposefully targeting underage users. The cases state that the company chose marketing images that specifically appealed to younger audiences, advertised on children’s websites, and shipped products to underage consumers who bought them directly off of the JUUL website.
The Dangers of Vaping
It is now very apparent that using vape products such as JUUL is just as harmful as smoking cigarettes, if not more. If you or someone you love experiences a heart attack after using e-cigarettes, contact our experienced attorneys to discuss your case and get the compensation and justice you deserve. Side effects of e-cigarette smoking can include heart attacks as well as:
- Popcorn lung - Bronchiolitis
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Collapsed Lung
- Acute Respiratory Distress
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
- Cardiac Arrest (or other cardiac conditions)
- Heavy Metal Poisoning (including cobalt, cadmium, lead)
- Neurological conditions (including strokes, seizures)
- Respiratory disease
How can Kwartler Manus, LLC. help with Your Case?
At Kwartler Manus, LLC, we understand how stressful it can be to recover physically, financially, and mentally from a vaping-related heart attack. Our JUUL attorneys can guide you through the process of litigation and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack or other cardiac episode after using e-cigarettes, contact us online or by phone at (267) 214-8608 today to learn your rights.