Protecting the health of young people in Tennessee is a priority for parents, teachers, those in the medical profession and other caring adults. There is a product in the marketplace that may have the capacity to negatively impact the health of a large number of young people. Students in middle and high schools are particularly at risk. The dangerous products that kids are using in ever growing numbers are vaping devices, or e-cigarettes.

The products have been around for a while but their addictive nature has recently raised red flags. Vapes contain flavored liquid that is heated and inhaled as a vapor. In addition to flavoring, many liquids contain nicotine, which is the highly addictive substance found in cigarettes. Recent outbreaks of lung disease among young people have increased concern regarding the dangers involved.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there have been 1,080 cases of lung-related illness and approximately 36% of those affected were 20 years old or younger. To date, there have been 18 deaths resulting from the lung ailments. In Tennessee, there have been 18 reported cases of what appear to be vaping-related lung illness.

The manufacturers of these apparently dangerous products have been criticized for appearing to market the product to young people. Flavors that would appeal to them, such as candy or fruit, have been prominent in marketing campaigns. There are measures being taken in Tennessee and elsewhere in an attempt to ban the flavored products. If a family member is suffering from an ailment that may have been brought on by the use of a vape or e-cigarette, a consultation with a personal injury attorney may provide information regarding what legal options may be available.