Jul 26, 2019

Doctors, specialists fear "unseen consequences" of teen e-cigarette addiction

The contents of an electronic Juul cigarette box in 2018. Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images

Doctors and leading addiction specialists are worried that the "unseen consequences" of teenage vaping and Juul addictions are greater than previously realized, the Washington Post reports.

What's happening: E-cigarettes allow users to ingest more nicotine than they would using traditional cigarettes. Addiction treatment specialists say that some teenagers who use e-cigarettes show signs of nicotine toxicity and respiratory problems. Doctors note that teenagers use e-cigarettes at faster rates than traditional cigarettes, and experts worry they make teenagers more vulnerable to other kinds of substance abuse.

What they're saying: “These kids have behaviors that we often see in patients who have opioid or marijuana addiction, but we didn’t typically see with kids who developed addiction to traditional tobacco cigarettes," Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, told the Post.

  • “We kind of lost four years of Cade to this addiction,” Kristin Beauparlant told the Post, speaking about her son. Now that he has cut back, “He just seems like a different kid. You can’t help but say there’s a correlation.”
  • Juul CEO Kevin Burns apologized last week to parents whose teens are addicted to the company's products. He said the company doesn't currently know the impact of chronic vaping and has not done "long-term, longitudinal, clinical testing."

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Juul's growing kids crisis

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Juul's campaign to convince America it does not target kids to vape is getting crushed by lawmakers, attorney generals and the media. The backlash is wicked — and widespread: 

Driving the news: Attorneys general from Illinois and Washington, D.C. are launching new investigations into Juul, and how the company's e-cigarettes became so popular with young people, reports AP. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued a formal warning on Friday against the broad use of e-cigarettes and recommended users avoid buying bootlegged vaping products.

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FDA receives 92 new reports of seizures after vaping

Juul e-cigarette. Photo: Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating 127 cases of people, particularly children and young adults, who experienced seizures after using e-cigarettes, CNBC reports.

What's happening: The FDA began this investigation in spring, but has recently received about 92 new reports of seizures after vaping. The agency says the evidence has has not established if e-cigarettes directly caused the seizures, and stressed that the 127 cases occurred over 10 years.

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Juul competitors are on the rise

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Juul's competitors are attracting customers with cheaper products and fruity flavors that Juul no longer sells in retail stores, CNBC reports.

The big picture: When Juul decided to self-regulate in response to mounting FDA concerns, its rivals pounced on the opportunity to boost their own sales.

Go deeperArrowAug 21, 2019