Hoping to stop young people from getting hooked, a number of states, including Michigan, Rhode Island, and New York, have issued bans on flavored e-cigarettes. (The ban in New York was put on hold in early October while it was being fought in court.) Massachusetts has announced a four-month ban on all vaping products, and other states are considering bans too.
Facing mounting legal troubles, Juul Labs recently replaced its chief executive with a top official from Altria, a cigarette giant that owns a large share of Juul Labs. Some experts see the move as a sign that Juul is becoming more and more like Big Tobacco in its fight against stricter regulations.
As for Nelson, she began to recover, and was released from the hospital, but doctors don’t know whether her lung damage will be permanent. Since the incident, she and most of her friends have quit vaping, and she hopes more teens do too.
“I’d seen things of people getting sick before, and I would just scroll past it, and thought this can’t happen to me,” she told ABC4 News in Salt Lake City. “But it totally can, and it is not a fun thing to go through.”