The CDC has recently released a report stating that they are investigating 530 cases of lung injuries that are believed to be related to the use of e-cigarettes. More locally, the Georgia Department of Public Health is also investigating some severe respiratory illnesses that are believed to vaping-related. Local governments are restricting the sale of vaping products, as questions have arisen over whether or not these products are truly safe.
The products liability attorneys at Slappey & Sadd have been watching these cases closely. If you’ve suffered an illness or an injury related to the use of e-cigarettes or other vaping products, we can evaluate your case and help you understand your options. Call us at 888-474-9616 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.
Severe Lung Illnesses and Injuries
As more and more reports come in, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that these products may not be as safe as we were led to believe. The vapor created by e-cigarettes contains a number of potentially harmful chemicals:
- Formaldehyde & acetaldehyde, known carcinogens
- Diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease
- Heavy metals such as tin, nickel, and lead
People who have suffered illness due to vaping generally present with symptoms similar to “popcorn lung” – shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest pain. According to the CDC, 7 cases across 6 states have resulted in death.
Special Risks for Pregnant Women and Young People
In addition to the general risk of lung disease, the CDC also reports that vaping presents special risks for pregnant women and youth. Nicotine and the other chemicals contained in e-cigarettes can be harmful to developing fetuses. These same chemicals are also harmful to brain development in young people up until their early or mid-twenties.
There have also been numerous reports of injuries and deaths resulting from exploding e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid in order to form a vapor which is then inhaled by the user. It is believed that the heating element can cause the lithium battery that powers the device to explode. These explosions can result in very serious injuries to the mouth, face, and neck.
In April, the FDA announced that it was investigating 32 cases where e-cigarette users suffered seizures after vaping. In response, the agency received an additional 92 reports. While the study is on-going, the FDA is encouraging people to continue to submit reports.
Contact the Product Liability Lawyers at Slappey & Sadd
Companies that manufacture and sell products that cause injury should be held accountable for their carelessness. Founded in 1992, the attorneys at Slappey & Sadd have decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured Georgians. If you’ve suffered an injury or an illness from vaping, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us at 888-474-9616 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and discuss how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.