E-cigarettes, also knows as ‘vaporizers’ or ‘vape pens,’ have been heavily marketed as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, a new study has found that vaping could cause an incurable respiratory disease called popcorn lung. Vapes have also recently been linked to explosions and severe burn injuries.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you got popcorn lung after vaping, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Vapes a “Major Health Concern,” Surgeon General Report Says
January 16, 2017 – A new report from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is calling vape use among young people in the U.S. a serious public health threat, drawing criticism over whether the practice is safer than traditional smoking. The report found that e-cigarette use among U.S. high school students was up more than 900% since 2011, and described in scientific terms how young people with developing brains are sensitive to nicotine.
How Do Vapes Work?
Vaping is a trendy approach to traditional smoking in which flavored liquid is placed in a vaporizer tank to be heated and inhaled. Vaporizers are made of 3 main components: a battery, tank and atomizer. E-liquid comes in a wide variety of flavors from a traditional tobacco to sweet desserts to custom blended flavors.
Vaping, unlike smoking, involves the inhalation of vaporized liquid consisting of water, nicotine, propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and flavoring. The lack of smoke inhalation is what leads many e-cigarette users to believe vaping is a safer alternative to smoking.
Study Links Vaping to Popcorn Lung
A Harvard University study published on December 8, 2015, found that more than 75% of flavored electronic cigarettes contain diacetyl, a chemical that has been linked to a severe respiratory disease called bronchiolitis obliterans, commonly known as popcorn lung. The condition first appeared a decade ago when workers at a Missouri popcorn plant inhaled artificial microwave butter flavoring.
“Due to the associations between diacetyl, bronchiolitis obliterans and other severe respiratory diseases observed in workers, urgent action is recommended to further evaluate this potentially widespread exposure via flavored e-cigarettes,” the researchers concluded.
Popcorn lung is an irreversible condition that results in scarring on the air sacs in the lungs. Its symptoms are similar to those produced by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which may include:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Scarring / hardening of lung tissue
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Skin Peeling
E-Cigarettes Linked to Incurable ‘Popcorn Lung’ Disease: Video
Vape Side Effects
In addition to being linked to popcorn lung, vapes and vaping have been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Fixed Airway Obstruction
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Diseases of the Small Airways
- Additional health problems
FDA to Investigate Exploding Vapes
January 4, 2017 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to hold a 2-day public meeting in April to discuss the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes and vapes. The Associated Press reported last month that the FDA had identified at least 66 vape explosions from 2015 to early 2016.
Idaho Man Injured in Vape Explosion
May 24, 2016 – Idaho Falls resident Trey Furniss switched to a vape pen after smoking traditional cigarettes for 12 years because he thought it would be better for his health. Now he’s questioning that decision, after being sent to the hospital with 3rd-degree burns after a vape exploded in his pocket last month at the Grand Teton Mall.
“We were putting the kids shoes on and I felt something get hot in my pocket and so I put my hand in my pocket and it just blew up… and white flames just shot out of the side of my pocket,” Furniss said. He still has no idea why his vape exploded, although similar explosions have been caused by people using the wrong batteries or putting batteries inside their pocket with change. Furniss says the vape was the only thing in his pocket when the explosion occurred.
Feds Announce Strict New Regulations on Vapes, E-Cigs
May 9, 2016 – Vapes and e-cigs will now be regulated much like tobacco cigarettes and their sale to children banned, according to new FDA regulations (PDF) announced last week. Under the rules, the agency will have to approve all tobacco products that entered the U.S. market after Feb. 2007. The rule prohibits selling “covered tobacco products” to minors under the age of 18, and buyers must show photo ID.
It also requires health warnings be displayed on cigarette tobacco, roll-your own tobacco, and covered tobacco product packages and in advertisements; and bans free samples and the sale of covered products in vending machines not located in adult-only facilities.
Vape Ads Target Millions of Teens, CDC Says
January 5, 2016 – Vape manufacturers are pouring tens of millions of dollars into advertising their products — and teenagers are responding, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today. The agency says the trend threatens to derail decades of progress in helping prevent kids from taking up smoking. Click here to learn more.
Study Links Vaping to Cancer-Related Cell Damage
December 30, 2015 – A new study has identified chemicals in the vapor of e-cigarettes that can damage cells in a way that could cause cancer. Human cells exposed to the vapors showed breaks in DNA strands – a process that can lead to cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Click here to learn more.
Do I Have a Vape and Vaping Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in vape and vaping 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 or a loved one developed popcorn lung or other serious side effect from vaping, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.