Vaping: What You Need To Know
E-cigarettes have always been marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes — which is why the recent news of vaping-related illnesses and deaths is so baffling. As of September 2019, there have been 380 confirmed cases of lung illnesses across 36 states and six people have died, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Many of the victims have filed product liability lawsuits against the makers of e-cigarettes — alleging that the companies’ sales, marketing and distribution have led to personal injury and/or addiction.
What are E-Cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices that work by heating a liquid into a vapor that the user inhales. These liquids typically contain nicotine, flavorings, propylene glycol, and glycerin. When these chemicals are vaporized, they turn into tiny particles that can get deep into the lungs trigger inflammation.
What’s Causing the Epidemic?
Health officials have yet to pinpoint an exact cause for the sudden wave of illnesses and deaths but have surmised it may be due to additives or toxins. Some patterns have emerged including:
- some black market cannabis oil cartridges contained a dangerous additive called THC;
- extremely high levels of the chemical vitamin E acetate were found in nearly all cannabis-containing vaping products
Types of Vaping Illnesses
- Popcorn lung
- Bronchiolitis obliterans
- Fixed airway obstruction
- Chronic bronchitis
- Lipoid pneumonia
- Chemical pneumonia
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cardiac arrest
What are the Symptoms of Vaping Lung Disease?
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue that worsens rapidly
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
Vaping Popular with Youth
E-cigarette use has soared in young people — 27.5% of high school students are vaping. Most of the lawsuits have been filed by young adults or parents of teens who were unaware of the negative side effects of vaping. In Alabama, two college students — one from the University of Alabama and the other from Auburn University have filed lawsuits against JUUL e-cigarettes claiming they developed serious lung disorders, trouble breathing, chest congestion, and loss of appetite. In addition, dozens of consumers around the US have developed serious conditions related to vaping cannabis-based oils, in California, 63 cases were reported.
Have you developed a serious health problem caused by vaping?
If you believe you have developed an illness due to vaping, you should make sure to:
- see a doctor immediately;
- preserve the e-cigarette you used and any vaping fluids;
- document how long you’ve been vaping, how often you used your e-cigarette and how many vape pods you used on a typical day;
- contact our office for a consultation (559)431-4400 to discuss your legal options.