Once lauded as a healthier alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vapes have become a serious public health concern. Our knowledgeable team at Gregory J. Cannata & Associates understands vaping dangers and the severe, permanent harm they can cause to children and adults. The following are some of the vaping dangers that can have a grave impact on your health and quality of life.
When vapes and e-cigarettes were first released to the public around 2007, many of them were marketed as smoking cessation tools. However, nicotine is addictive regardless of the manner in which it's consumed. Some e-cigarettes can contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes in just one e-liquid pod.
Although vaping may help some adults quit smoking cigarettes, it can be tough to quit using e-cigarettes and vapes as well. Not only that, the vaping trend has caused thousands, if not millions, more to become addicted to nicotine, especially teens and young adults. Nicotine addiction can cause all kinds of physical and emotional issues, from depression to withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches and fatigue. A possible link also exists between vaping dangers and seizures, often due to nicotine poisoning.
Until recently, many consumers believed that vapes and e-cigarettes were completely safe. E-liquids and the vapor they produce can cause serious harm to the lungs and respiratory system. Current research has shown that vaping may be linked to the permanent lung disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans, which is also known as “popcorn lung.” There's no cure for this condition, which causes permanent damage to the lungs and respiratory system.
The use of e-cigarettes may also be associated with decreased lung function and chronic respiratory conditions, including COPD, asthma, lung cancer, and even death. Symptoms of these conditions include shortness of breath, coughing, and fatigue. The majority of those affected by these conditions are teens and young adults.
A study released by The Stanford School of Medicine in May of 2019 indicated that the e-liquids in e-cigarettes, such as JUUL and other vapes, may increase the risk of heart disease. Another recent study found that people who use e-cigarettes are up to 56% more likely to have a heart attack and 30% more likely to have a stroke than those who don’t vape.
Injuries Due To Explosions
Users may also suffer catastrophic injuries due to explosions caused by batteries in e-cigarettes, vape pens, and traditional vapes. The most common injuries include burns, soft tissue injuries, cracked teeth, impaired vision or blindness, fractures, scarring, disfigurement, and even death. Victims who have suffered from these types of injuries are often left with burns on the hands and face that require skin grafting and months of inpatient treatment.
Vaping Dangers & Unethical Marketing Practices
Several e-cigarette and vape companies are currently being investigated for engaging in deceptive marketing practices and campaigns targeting minors. From their inception, these products were marketed as a safe smoking cessation option, which has turned out to be a questionable assertion.
Brands like JUUL glamorize vaping while downplaying the amount of nicotine their products contain. They have created aggressive social media marketing campaigns that appear to be targeted specifically to teens and young adults. From fruit flavor to mint and sweet flavors, such as cotton candy, many e-cigarette companies created products that are particularly appealing to children and teens. They also offered “skins” that featured colorful artwork and photos of animals, school colors, and other images that appeal to young people. Advertisements featuring images of young, beautiful people vaping and enjoying themselves are also thought to have targeted young users.
How An Attorney Can Help If You’ve Been Injured By Vaping
If you’ve been injured or have suffered lung problems, seizures, or other conditions that may have been caused by the use of e-cigarettes, a personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and advise you on the most effective course of action to recover compensation. These types of cases are complex, so it’s important to find a qualified attorney that is well-versed in handling cases involving injuries and medical conditions caused by vaping.
A team that’s experienced in litigating vaping injury cases often includes experts, such as scientists, doctors, epidemiologists, engineers, and others who are knowledgeable in various aspects of vaping dangers. Our attorneys work in concert with these experts and your health care providers to back up your claim and build a solid case to hold vape manufacturers accountable for the injuries they cause.
Contact A Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you, your child, or another loved one has been injured or fallen ill due to vaping, our team at Gregory J. Cannata & Associates can help you recover maximum compensation for your damages. Contact us today at 212-553-9205 for a free, confidential consultation.