E-Cigarette Injuries Lawyer reviewing vaping addiction, lung disease and Unregulated and Under-regulated Products Lead to Vaping Accidents & Vaping illness
Vaping illness cases have been ramping up in recent months, with hundreds of lung injuries and a few deaths linked to vaping electronic cigarettes and THC products. Dozens of death reports note that the consumer purchased a legal vaping product that caused their deaths. Retailers and vape distributors do mix and alter their own vaping liquids, which is concerning for health officials.
E-cigarettes function by turning nicotine or THC liquid into a vapor that appears less toxic, but the jury is still out. Vaping illness lawsuits claim the vaping devices may be more dangerous than the producers are telling the public.
As a result, the FDA and CDC are warning consumers about vague risks that may lead to severe respiratory illness and lung disease. Vaping and e-cig products are too new for there to be long-term studies regarding the health effects of inhaling certain chemicals regularly.
Vaping devices are being advertised as helpful for existing smokers to help quit, though attorneys believe the vaping companies, some owned in part by Big Tobacco corporations, are attempting to simply replace traditional cigarettes with another dangerous product.
Product liability lawyers and vaping addiction lawsuits state that vaping companies like Juul Labs have understated the health risks of vaping, and marketed vaping devices to young consumers.
Products like Juul Pods provide a heavy nicotine fix without inhaling smoke and tobacco. But while normal cigarettes have their obvious risks, the risks of vaping products may have unknown health risks. Mysterious lung diseases have been popping up across the country, and consumers are suffering the consequences.
The Lyon Firm investigates vaping addiction, vaping illness and respiratory illness cases for injured plaintiffs in Ohio and nationwide.
Are Juul Pods Dangerous?
Juul Pods are the popular USB-shaped vaping device that has captured a large part of the e-cigarette market. It has a small, sleek design and a multitude of tasty flavorings that have attracted thousands of young consumers.
Juul Labs claims they market their products to existing smokers who are seeking a healthier alternative to cigarettes. But deceptive advertising lawyers claim the company has been targeting the youth in their marketing campaigns, and scores of teens have come down with a severe vaping addiction.
Juul and other e-cigarette devices may expose users to dangerous health risks, very similar to those associated with cigarettes. Researchers have found links to a higher likelihood of developing bronchiolitis obliterans (popcorn lung), as well as other respiratory illnesses.
Because consumers are unaware of what chemical additives are in many vaping products, and because vaping injury is on the rise, the FDA and CDC have suggested that users discontinue the use of vaping devices until more is known.
E-Cigarette Addiction & Deceptive Marketing
Not only are vaping devices like Juul potentially harmful to the health, but extremely addictive—perhaps even more addictive than cigarettes. Some samples of Juul pods tested very high nicotine levels. Seeing as how the company markets their products as suitable for smokers to help quit, this seems to be a disconnect with reality.
Young consumers, many in middle and high school, are attracted to the Juul products because of their concealable design and tasty, fruity flavoring. Many teens have never smoked anything but vaping devices, and end up with extreme addictions. Vaping addiction and vaping illness lawsuits have placed the onus on vape producers to properly test and warn consumers of the addiction and safety risks.
Vaping Burn Injury Lawsuits
Each year in the United States, approximately 90,000 fires are caused from cigarettes and other smoking materials. These shocking statistics may not include many of the electronic cigarette (E-cig) and personal vaporizer accidents, which are regularly underreported.
Since E-cigarettes were first available for sale in the U.S. in 2007, the devices have grown in popularity, and the latest data from the U.S. Fire Administration estimates that more than 2.5 million Americans are using e-cigs and vaporizers. At least one death has been reported due to serious vaping lung disease and damage.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that as the number of consumers using vapes and E-cigs increases, the number of related vaping accidents is also likely to increase. However, the majority of package warnings on E-cig products fail to mention fire, burn and explosion hazards.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also aware of the personal safety risks of E-cigs, but the agency is not currently regulating these new devices. With nearly 90 percent of e-cigarette and vaping products coming from overseas where manufacturing standards are more relaxed, it is hard to verify the safety of all smoking devices on the market.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati personal injury attorney and Ohio E-cigarette injuries lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability and product defect cases.
E-Cigarette Lung Disease & Vaping Accidents
Vaping related deaths and vaping illness cases are currently under investigation by the FDA and CDC. The health agencies are working closely with state and federal authorities, and urge the public to remain cautious with vaping products.
The FDA is analyzing vaping liquid and vape juice samples, testing for dangerous chemicals, additives, heavy metals and toxins. Many vaping products go unregulated and others are made on the black market, making the industry a tough one to manage.
Many e-cigarette manufacturers fail to properly test their products, and long-term studies of health effects do not exist. The vaping craze is relatively new in the last decade, and there is much to learn about the hazards of vaping. Inhaling chemical vapors may never seem totally safe, and attorneys say Juul and other companies should be responsible for making that known to consumers.
Third-party researchers are working to assess the vaping health risks, though with vaping accidents and vaping deaths on the rise, it may be already too late for some unfortunate consumers. The long-term effects of e-cig toxic exposure could lead to a severe public health crisis.
A study published by the American Journal of Physiology found that chemical additives found in e-cigarettes, like propylene glycol, may cause respiratory inflammation and other pulmonary issues. A number of other flavorings and chemicals used in vaping liquids contain aldehydes, which can irritate the tissue in the respiratory tract.
Vaping Accidents and vaping injury can also be the result of the following:
Overuse—Users of E-cigs misuse the product on occasion, and overuse can cause the device to overheat and explode. Personal vaporizes typically have built-in circuits to limit the time that the heating element can be active, which prevents overheating accidents. However, without more safety oversight there are no assurances that these safety functions are always available or reliable.
Wet Devices—E-cigarettes are electronic devices and may be damaged by water. E-cigs may malfunction and explode with water damage.
Unclean Devices—battery condensation should be cleaned before it is charged. This keeps the device from malfunctioning and also extends the life of the battery and the atomizer. Lithium-ion battery-powered devices have a risk of explosion, and the possible burn injuries can be quite severe.
Charging Accidents—only the charger sold with your e-cigarette is fully compatible. Many exploding e-cigarette incidents involve using the wrong charger. Charging can also heat the battery and the surrounding area. Users should take into account basic fire safety precautions. Charging for a longer period of time than necessary is ill-advised.
Lithium Batteries Incite Vaping Accidents
Lithium-ion batteries are one of the most common power sources for smaller consumer electronics like cell phone s and e-cigarettes, though many consumers are unaware that they may catch on fire, explode, and cause serious injuries.
Lithium-ion batteries are known to fail and incite fires and explosions. There are multiple reports of fires caused by failures of E-cigarette lithium-ion batteries. The e-cigarette injuries sustained are quite serious, most commonly to the mouth, hands and face.
In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled hundreds of products for defective lithium-ion batteries installed, specifically for presenting explosion, fire and burn hazards.
E-Cigarette Explosion Injuries Reported
In 2015, the U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported 15 independent E-cigarette fire incidents. Unlike smartphones and other electronics, e-cigarettes are currently an unregulated product, so the total e-cigarette injuries caused may be greatly underestimated. Reports of battery malfunction explosions describe the defective E-cigarettes behaving like “flaming rockets.”
Medical personnel at trauma and burn units across the United States are reporting an increase of E-cigarette injuries. The burn injuries are likely to affect the mouth, face, hands, and sometimes the eyes.
Ohio Vaping Illness Lawsuits
Specific substances within vaping and e-cigarette products may cause illness, but more information is needed. If you use Juul Pods or other vaping devices, and have developed a lung condition or vaping illness and addiction, contact The Lyon Firm to investigate the root cause of injury. Potential vaping injury lawsuits can be filed on behalf of plaintiffs.
When a consumer chooses to use e-cigarettes, either Juul or any other brand, they may be at risk of developing a serious vaping illness or respiratory injury. Vaping addiction, or physical injury can result in vaping accidents lawsuits filed in Ohio and across the country.
If you or a loved one has suffered a vaping illness or burn injury due to a defective E-cigarette device or vaporizer, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403.
You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an e-cigarette injuries lawyer, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding Ohio vaping accidents.