Vaping is an activity that many former smokers or new smokers may believe is preferable to using traditional cigarettes. However, as e-cigarettes like JUUL and other brands have not been on the market for a long enough amount of time, there is not a large amount of evidence concerning the long-term effects of using JUUL. Even without a lengthy market presence, studies have shown that there are some cancer-causing substances contained in e-cigarettes. If you or family member developed a severe illness due to overexposure to JUUL, contact an experienced Philadelphia JUUL injury lawyer.
How Can JUUL e-cigarettes Cause Cancer?
JUUL Labs Incorporated is the manufacturer of a brand of e-cigarettes that currently make up about 50% of the market. JUUL e-cigarettes are shaped like USB flash drives and must be loaded with JUUL pods to operate. JUUL pods contain e-fluid combined of a number of chemical compounds that have yet to be fully identified to consumers. This e-fluid is heated to a certain temperature to transform the liquid into a vapor that can be smoked. However, as more information about the dangers of JUULs continues to be released, consumers should be wary of using e-cigarettes that emit toxic vapors.
As the full list of ingredients for a JUUL pod or many other brands of e-cigarettes has not been revealed to the public, scientists have had a difficult time determining the long-term effects of vaping. However, there are some dangerous chemical compounds that have been identified in certain brands of e-cigarettes. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), JUUL e-cigarettes have been known to emit vapor that would expose consumers to formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde is a type of gas that is flammable and colorless, and that emits a strong odor. This chemical is used for a number of manufacturing processes:
- Resin to manufacture composite wood
- Ingredient in building materials and insulation for buildings
- Used to create various household products like paint, lacquer, paper, and glue
- Used as a component of fertilizers and pesticides
Formaldehyde is also emitted as part of cigarette smoke. As JUUL is designed to be an alternative to smoking as the company itself claims, it would make sense that their product did not emit formaldehyde like a traditional cigarette. However, the NCBI discovered that when a JUUL e-cigarette does not properly heat the e-fluid in a JUUL pod, the consumer could end up inhaling some level of formaldehyde. It is also important to note that formaldehyde has also been categorized by the American Cancer Society as a carcinogen, or a substance that may cause cancer.
To learn more about the types of cancer that overexposure to formaldehyde can cause, continue reading, and speak with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney today.
Forms of Cancer Caused by Overexposure to Formaldehyde
As mentioned, formaldehyde is a substance that could cause a person to develop multiple forms of cancer. One form of cancer caused by overexposure to formaldehyde is brain cancer. A brain tumor can cause a person to experience a number of severe symptoms depending on the size of the tumor and where it is located. For example, some victims may experience frequent headaches or convulsions that cause them to shake involuntarily. Other signs and symptoms of a brain tumor include:
- Significant changes in personality
- Loss of awareness and memory
- Partial or total loss of vision
Another form of cancer that a person can develop due to overexposure to formaldehyde is leukemia. Leukemia is a form of cancer that attacks the blood-forming tissues in a person’s body, including bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Specifically, leukemia can cause the body to produce white blood cells that are inefficient or incapable of fighting off infections. Common signs and symptoms of leukemia include:
- Bone pain
- Easier to bruise or bleed
- Frequent fevers
- Regular nosebleeds
- Unexplained weight loss
When e-cigarettes were introduced, it appeared to be a viable alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. However, it only appeared this way because the companies that manufacture these items have failed to provide consumers with full disclosure regarding the contents of e-cigarettes. As a result, hundreds of people across the United States are dealing with severe lung illnesses or an increased risk of developing cancer. There are also victims that have passed away due to complications related to vaping.
Consumers should not have to bear the burden of serious injuries and expensive medical bills because of the deception perpetrated by dishonest e-cigarette companies. Do not waste time in contact the Reiff Law Firm to learn about your legal options for e-cigarette injuries.
Our Philadelphia Product Liability Attorneys Can Evaluate Your E-Cigarette Claim for Free
If you or a family member was injured after using JUUL, consult with an experienced Philadelphia product liability attorney today. At the Reiff Law Firm, we are devoted to providing you with the aggressive and unique legal representation that you need to pursue your injury claim. Our firm understands how a serious injury can change your life, and we are here for you. To schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your case, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000, or contact us online.