A 17-year-old Bronx boy was the first teenager in the U.S. to die of a vaping-related illness, according to federal and state data. The teenager died on October 4th after being hospitalized twice in September with a vaping injury, becoming the state’s first fatality from the mysterious lung disease.
Following the untimely and devastating death, the city of New York announced that it filed a federal lawsuit against 22 online sellers of e-cigarettes who have been caught selling their products to underage clients. The lawsuit alleges that the sellers targeted young people through social media and advertising for flavored e-cigarettes such as “Lemon Twist”, “Freddy’s Pebbles” and “Whipped Salted Caramel.” The sellers also accepted online purchases from teens.
The lawsuit, which was filed on October 9th in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, further alleges that the defendants sold vaping products to two New Yorker City residents who were under the age of 21 but older than 18. In order to purchase these products online, the two young New Yorkers created an email address and used prepaid Visa gift cards. Some of the sellers did not use age verification services and other sellers sold the vaping products despite the buyers indicating they were younger than 21. The products were then shipped to an address in NYC that was controlled by the New York City Sheriff’s Office. No signature or identification was required.
The vaping epidemic has become so bad, that last month New York filed for an emergency ban of flavored e-cigarettes. One day before the ban was supposed to take effect, an industry trade group named Vapor Technology Association appealed the decision, resulting in a New York Court halting the ban. The case will now be heard by the Supreme Court in Albany on October 18th.
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