Electronic cigarettes, which are commonly advertised as being safer than traditional tobacco products, have been linked to an incurable disease known as ‘popcorn lung,’ according to a study released by the Harvard School of Public Health.
Free Electronic Cigarette Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed popcorn lung or other injury after using an e-cig, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
December 8, 2015 – According to the study, which was published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), 75% of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids tested contained diacetyl, a chemical that causes popcorn lung.
Medically known as bronchiolitis obliterans (BO), popcorn lung is an irreversible disease in which the tiny air sacs in the lungs become scarred. The condition first made headlines in 2004, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on a group of workers at a popcorn factory in Missouri who developed the disease.
Though diacetyl is most commonly associated with providing the butter flavor in microwave popcorn, the chemical is also found in fruit and alcohol flavorings used in e-cigarettes. In the study, 47 of the 51 leading electronic cigarette brands and liquids tested contained diacetyl.
“Since most of the health concerns about e-cigarettes have focused on nicotine, there is still much we do not know about e-cigarettes,” said David Christiani, Elkan Blount Professor of Environmental Genetics at Harvard and co-author of the study. “In addition to containing varying levels of the addictive substance nicotine, they also contain other cancer-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, and as our study shows, flavoring chemicals that can cause lung damage.”
E-Cigarette Side Effects
Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for e-cig users who experienced the following side effects:
- Bronchiolitis Obliterans (aka Popcorn Lung)
- Fixed Airway Obstruction
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Diseases of the Small Airways
Do I Have an E-Cigarette Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in electronic cigarette lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new popcorn lung cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by e-cig side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.