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An Illinois student-athlete is suing the e-cigarette firm Juul after medical doctors mentioned he now has lungs much like these of a 70-year-old man.

Adam Hergenreder, of Gurnee, who used e-cigarettes for greater than a 12 months and a half, claims he was a sufferer of misleading advertising and marketing by the San Francisco firm, based on the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Lake County Circuit Court docket.

“To put it mildly, Adam didn’t stand a chance to avoid getting hooked on these toxic timebombs,” Hergenreder’s lawyer, Antonio Romanucci, instructed Chicago’s Web32.

“To put it mildly, Adam didn’t stand a chance to avoid getting hooked on these toxic timebombs.”

— Antonio Romanucci, lawyer representing Illinois man suing Juul


Hergenreder obtained the unhealthy prognosis about his lungs after he was hospitalized late final month for nausea and respiration hassle, the station reported.

“It was scary to think about that — that little device did that to my lungs,” Hergenreder instructed Chicago’s WGN-TV, recalling the prognosis.

The coed wrestler instructed the station he used each nicotine and THC merchandise when he vaped – and now it’s unclear whether or not his lungs will ever totally recuperate.

media=”(max-width: 767px)” >media=”(min-width: 767px)” >Adam Hergenreder, right, and his mother Polly, attend a news conference where their attorney announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juul on Hergenreder's behalf Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Chicago. (Associated Press)

Adam Hergenreder, proper, and his mom Polly, attend a information convention the place their legal professional introduced the submitting of a civil lawsuit in opposition to e-cigarette maker Juul on Hergenreder’s behalf Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Chicago. (Related Press)

“I was a varsity wrestler before this,” he mentioned, “and I might not ever be able to wrestle because that’s a very physical sport and my lungs might not be able to hold that exertion. … It’s sad.”

“I was a varsity wrestler before this, and I might not ever be able to wrestle because that’s a very physical sport and my lungs might not be able to hold that exertion. … It’s sad.”

— Adam Hergenreder, 18, plaintiff in lawsuit in opposition to Juul

Hergenreder is amongst a whole bunch of vapers throughout the U.S. who’ve contracted lung sicknesses from e-cigarettes.

On Thursday, the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned 380 instances had been reported throughout 36 states, correcting from a beforehand reported variety of 450.

“The previous case count was higher because it reported possible cases that were under investigation by states. The current number includes only confirmed and probable cases reported by states to CDC after classification,” the CDC mentioned in its replace.

There have been six vaping-related deaths thus far, in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon.

Medical doctors say the lung sicknesses resemble an inhalation damage, with the physique apparently reacting to a caustic substance being breathed in. Signs have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest ache, diarrhea, and vomiting.

However the CDC has not but discovered a selected reason for the sicknesses, and no single product or ingredient has been recognized.

On Wednesday, President Trump mentioned his administration was contemplating a ban on non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarette merchandise, citing nationwide issues about adversarial results.

Trump referenced these issues once more Friday in a Twitter message.

“While I like the Vaping alternative to Cigarettes,” the president wrote, “we want to verify this different is SAFE for ALL! Let’s get counterfeits off the market, and maintain younger kids from Vaping!


Along with Juul, Hergenreder’s lawsuit names as a defendant the Waukegan, Sick., fuel station the place he claims he commonly bought nicotine-based Juul merchandise when he was underage, Web32 reported.

In late August, Juul CEO Kevin Burns referred to as vaping-related sicknesses “worrisome,” however mentioned he had no plans to tug the corporate’s merchandise from the market.

The corporate’s inventory worth has tanked because the Trump administration introduced plans for the partial ban, the New York Submit reported.

Fox Information’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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