JUUL Contamination: Harvard Study Finds Dangerous Chemical in Vaping Products
A research team at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health has discovered glucan, a potentially dangerous contaminant, in samples of JUUL vaping oil. Glucan is a form of sugar that can cause chronic inflammation of the lungs.
According to the Harvard study, of 54 JUUL vaping cartridges analyzed, almost half were determined to contain the contaminant. Levels of glucan were significantly higher in JUUL’s tobacco and menthol flavors.
JUUL recently stopped selling other fruit and candy-flavored cartridges, and in late 2019 the FDA issued a ban on flavored vaping products, although tobacco and menthol flavors were excepted.
The Harvard study noted that “Chronic exposure to glucan can cause inflammation in the airway and lead to long-term lung damage.” Researchers speculated that “the problem could be in the raw materials used in the products or could be occurring in the production process.”
JUUL Contamination and EVALI
The FDA has revealed that more than 2,500 people in the United States have been hospitalized for e-cigarette and vaping product associated lung injury (EVALI). More than 60 people have died in the epidemic.
JUUL currently faces lawsuits alleging that its e-cigarettes were knowingly marketed to minors and that the company engaged in manipulative marketing and deliberately downplayed known health risks.
For more information on EVALI and JUUL lawsuits, please visit our JUUL health risks and lawsuits FAQ page.
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