E-Cigarettes, e-cigs, vape and vape mods are new consumer products designed to replace traditional cigarettes. The devices are battery-operated vaporizers. Using an e-cigarette or vape is commonly spoken of as “vaping.” The liquid vaporized by the product is not tobacco but contains nicotine. The products are frequently marketed as smoking cessation devices or as a “healthier” alternative to traditional smoking of conventional cigarettes.
Lung Disease from Vaping
A recent study found that many flavored e-cigarette liquids contain diacetyl, a chemical that can cause a permanent lung disease, bronchiolitis obliterans, popularly known as "Popcorn Lung." Bronchiolitis obliterans is a rare and life-threatening form of permanent obstructive lung disease in which the bronchioles are compressed and narrowed by scar tissue and/or inflammation. Symptoms, which frequently present gradually, include:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss, and
- Difficulty exhaling quickly
Diagnosis of bronchiolitis obliterans can be difficult and is often misdiagnosed as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or pneumonia. Diagnosis may require breathing tests, X-rays, chest scans, and lung biopsies. The disease is relatively unresponsive to current medical treatment. While symptoms may improve over time, patients may require a lung transplant.
Other Illnesses and Injuries from E-Cigarettes
In addition to lung disease, e-cigarettes have also been linked to the following illnesses:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Electronic Cigarette Battery Explosions
There have also been many news reports indicating that the design of e-cigarettes and vape devices, including “mechanical mod” devices, can result in batteries that catch fire or explode. This failure can result in serious personal injuries.
If you have suffered illness or injuries from vaping — contact our New York attorneys for a free consultation.
At Gregory J. Cannata & Associates, we are knowledgeable and experienced at helping people who have suffered serious permanent respiratory conditions and other injuries at the hands of defective products. We have served at the forefront of the World Trade Center federal litigation as Lead Counsel appointed by the United States District Court, and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, where we have recovered over $200 million for our clients. Through our successful World Trade Center related work, we have developed an understanding of severe respiratory conditions, how they develop, and their impact on the lives of the individuals that suffer from them.
Together with doctors, scientists, engineers, and epidemiologists, we have the experience and tools necessary to successfully bring your case in this complex area of the law. If you or a loved one has been injured due to e-cigarettes, contact us today for a free, confidential consultation to get your questions answered.