Smoking practically any form of cigarette will likely cause some adverse health effects. However, many do not suspect that smoking their favorite brand of e-cigarette made by JUUL and other e-cigarettes companies may be responsible for quickly inciting severe medical issues like popcorn lung. Fortunately, you may be able to hold JUUL and other negligent e-cigarette companies liable for their negligence.
If you or a family member developed popcorn lung after using JUUL vaping e-cigarettes, you may be entitled to compensation through a class action lawsuit against JUUL. The Reiff Law Firm is dedicated to fighting against large corporations like JUUL that attempt to deceive consumers regarding the contents of their product. Our firm is here to explain whether JUUL causes popcorn lung.
What is Popcorn Lung?
Many e-cigarettes sold by companies like JUUL boast that their cartridges can provide a consumer with up to 200 puffs, which is equal to about two packs of cigarettes. This is troublesome because an addicted consumer could easily go through this amount in a day without knowing enough about the product they are using.
Many e-cigarette companies do not provide extensive research about the long-term side effects of using e-cigarettes for a long period of time. One of these possible side effects is the development of popcorn lung.
According to the American Lung Association (ALA), popcorn lung, also referred to as bronchiolitis obliterans, occurs when the air sacs of the lung are scarred, causing the airways to become congealed and restricted. There are a number of signs and symptoms for popcorn lung. For example, excessive wheezing that is not caused by asthma or another condition can be the first indicator for popcorn lung. Other conditions include:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath that worsens with physical activity
- Labored breathing and unexplained exhaustion
- Skin irritation
This is not an exhaustive list. Some individuals who use e-cigarettes can begin to experience these symptoms after just two weeks of exposure to the chemicals contained in e-cigarettes.
Diacetyl is the ingredient that some companies use to provide certain flavored e-cigarettes. This ingredient was previously used to provide butter-flavored popcorn by a number of manufacturers. However, diacetyl was eventually linked to severe cases of popcorn lung among several factory workers that inhaled the substance excessively.
Now, the chemical diacetyl is added to e-fluid designed to mimic natural flavors like coconut, maple, mint, and many others. E-cigarettes then heat this e-fluid to a significant temperature to transform the e-fluid into an aerosol that can be smoked by the user. As a result, when consumers across the United States take a puff of their flavored e-cigarettes, they also are likely inhaling toxic smoke containing large amounts of diacetyl into their lungs.
Some of the ingredients used to flavor e-cigarettes have been approved for oral consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, many of these ingredients have not been used for the purpose of inhalation because there is insufficient researching regarding the effects of long-term inhalation. With cartridges of e-cigarettes containing nearly 60 types of chemical compounds, it is understandable how users of these products are developing popcorn lung and several other illnesses.
To learn more about filing a lawsuit for your case of popcorn lung, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer.
When to File a Lawsuit for an E-Cigarette Injury
The health issues caused by e-cigarettes are becoming more prominent every day. The prevalence of flavored e-cigarettes and the amount of people that use them has even led the Trump administration to propose a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. If you believe that your use of e-cigarettes caused you to develop popcorn lung, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Every civil lawsuit is subject to the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a law that determines the amount of time that a plaintiff has to file their case. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the injury. You should also speak with an experienced lawyer about pursuing a product liability claim.
As many people may be unaware that they have developed popcorn lung due to vaping e-cigarettes, there can be some difficulty in determining when the statute of limitations begins to run. Typically, it will depend on when the plaintiff discovered or should have discovered their injury. However, there are some ways to toll or delay the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania.
If you are concerned about the filing deadline for your potential personal injury claim against a manufacturer of e-cigarettes, you should speak with an experienced attorney to discuss this issue. Our firm can help you explore your legal options regarding your vaping injury claim.
Work with an Experienced Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer You Can Trust
If you utilized JUUL e-cigarettes and developed popcorn lung, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer today. The dedicated legal team at the Reiff Law Firm possess decades of combined legal experience, and we are not afraid to use this knowledge to combat deceptive practices by large corporations. To schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your legal options, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000, or contact us online.