In an effort to quit smoking, many people have turned to the frequent use of e-cigarettes or JUULs. Unfortunately, consumers were not fully apprised of the risks of consuming the many chemical compounds found in e-cigarettes and the overall risk of using e-cigarettes. This has led to a number of consumers damaging their lungs from regular use of their e-cigarettes. If you or a family member developed a lung injury due to JUULing, contact an experienced Philadelphia JUUL injury lawyer. The Reiff Law Firm understands how a devastating lung injury can change your entire way of life, and we are here to fight for you. Our firm is here to explain the effects of JUULing on a person’s lungs.
What is JUULing?
JUULing refers to the extremely popular e-cigarette company JUUL that offers a number of e-cigarettes that resemble flash drives. JUULing is a term that is often used in place of vaping or the smoking of e-cigarettes. JUUL and several other manufacturers of e-cigarettes have a number of choices of flavored e-cigarettes to choose from like mint, mango, fruit, and others. However, JUUL and other manufacturers have failed to provide consumers with adequate information regarding the long-term use of e-cigarettes.
Many users of e-cigarettes were led to believe that vaping was a relatively harmless activity in comparison to consuming tobacco with a traditional cigarette. In fact, some consumers began JUULing on the false belief that it could help them quit smoking, which has not been proven. Instead, some studies have shown that using an e-cigarette for even a short amount of time can have serious adverse health effects.
To learn more about the health issues caused by JUULing, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney.
Health Issues Caused by JUULing
The American Lung Association (ALA) has determined that vaping flavored e-cigarettes can result in a consumer developing popcorn lung. Popcorn lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, occurs when the air sacs in a person’s lungs become heavily scarred and restricted. This condition can lead to a number of symptoms: extreme wheezing, shortness of breath, and unexplained fatigue.
The ALS has identified that many flavors of e-cigarettes contain diacetyl, which is a chemical that was previously used to create the butter flavor in a number of popcorn brands. However, popcorn manufacturers discovered that excessive inhalation of toxic smoke containing diacetyl could cause a person to develop popcorn lung. Despite this discovery, many companies to use diacetyl in their vaping products to simulate various flavors.
It is important to note that popcorn lung is an irreversible condition. Using e-cigarettes that contain diacetyl could lead to a lifetime of hardship that many consumers did not sign up for.
Diacetyl is not the only ingredient that has been found in e-cigarette products. Another dangerous chemical that has been found in this product is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a flammable gas that can cause a person to develop serious health conditions when a person is overexposed to the substance. It is used in a number of products from insulation and paints to fertilizers, pesticides, and cigarettes. While every person is exposed to formaldehyde in small amounts, excessive inhalation of this substance could cause a person to develop cancer.
E-cigarettes produce inhalable vapor by heating e-liquid that converts into a gas that can be inhaled and exhaled. However, if an e-cigarette overheats e-liquid, a consumer could be taking in large amounts of formaldehyde as a result.
Currently, there are about 450 reported cases of e-cigarette users being diagnosed with some form of lung disease. This is enough for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to declare the problem an outbreak. Additionally, there have been six reported deaths of e-cigarette users across the country. There is even a push to declare a ban on the use of flavored e-cigarettes for the danger they pose to children who are greatly attracted to JUULs and similar products.
If you believe that you were deceived by JUUL and other manufacturers of e-cigarettes regarding the side effects of these products, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. Our firm can examine your unique legal situation and determine the most appropriate way to proceed with your claim. Do not delay in seeking the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Contact Our Trusted Philadelphia Product Liability Attorneys to Discuss Your E-Cigarette Injury Claim
If you or a family member is suffering from lung complications due to JUULing, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia product liability attorney today. The aggressive and dedicated attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm possess decades of combined legal experience litigating various types of complex injury claims, and we will work tirelessly to help you pursue compensation for your injury. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential case, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000, or contact us online.