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Injuries are Caused by E-Cigs and Vaping

If you or your teen have been injured due to the use of a Juul or other e-cig device, contact experienced trial attorneys that know how to fight big companies.  

E-cigarettes have long been marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. Manufacturers like Juul point out that e-cigarettes do not contain many of the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes. But as teens and parents are now learning, those claims are far from the truth. 

Juul claims that their product is marketed to adults that smoke as an alternative to cigarettes. Most believe that is simply not the case and that their products are designed to entice young teens. They use bright fun colors and interesting flavors to attract teens as young as middle school to give their products a try and then they are quickly addicted to the massive amounts of nicotine in these products. 

Currently, there are no government regulations requiring e-cigarettes to be submitted for safety testing. This is why we need laws—and dedicated attorneys—to protect teens from the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping. On September 4, 2019, Michigan became the first state in the country to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

While e-liquids do not contain all 7,000 toxic chemicals found in regular cigarettes, they are anything but harmless

In fact, they can be at least as harmful as cigarettes, if not more so. 

Juul aerosols include a number of harmful substances, such as

  • Nicotine
  • Flavorings such as diacetyl, which has been linked to severe lung disease
  • Heavy metals such as lead, nickel, and tin
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Ultrafine particles

In addition, because e-cigarettes are only loosely regulated, consumers cannot rely on labels to tell them what is in e-liquids, from Juul or any other manufacturer. 

Types of injuries caused by e-cigarettes and vaping include

  • Lung diseases
  • White lung
  • Severe lung injury
  • Respiratory failure due to a severe immune reaction in the lungs
  • Lipoid pneumonia
  • Burns
  • Broken teeth
  • Severe jaw and facial damage
  • Nicotine poisoning due to acute nicotine exposure
  • Smoke inhalation

The dangers of Vaping and e-cigarettes include

  • Addiction to Nicotine and all the serious ailments and injuries that this causes
  • Exposure to carcinogenic agents
  • Fire and/or explosion of the device itself 

Most e-cigarettes rely on lithium-ion batteries. Manufacturers use this as evidence that they are safer than traditional cigarettes because there is no combustion. However, several studies have noted that lithium batteries are inherently susceptible to a phenomenon called thermal runaway, which is when the internal battery temperature increases to the point of internal combustion. 

When combined with the flammability of e-liquids, this creates a recipe for explosion. 

However, the dangers of e-cigarettes and vape pens are by no means limited to lithium batteries. Even if e-cigarettes don’t create a fire hazard, the health risks remain just as high–and have more severe long-term consequences. It is important to understand the health implications of vaping.

What should I do if a loved one has suffered due to e-cigarettes and vaping?

If you or a loved one are suffering the consequences of a manufacturer’s misleading information, you need an attorney to stand up for you. 

Giroux Amburn is a team of committed personal injury attorneys with over 120 cases taken to trial and millions won for our clients. But more importantly, our attorneys understand the importance of treating our clients with the care, dignity, and respect we demand from those who inflict harm. 

If you need to speak with an attorney about your options, schedule your free consultation today. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 

E-Cigarette Liquids and Severe Respiratory Disease

American Lung Association Statement on E-Cigarettes

U.S. Surgeon General: Know the Risk of E-Cigs and Young People

Report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Food and Drug Administration’s Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

Factors to Determine If You Have a Case Against Juul

Individual or Class Action: Which is the Right Fit for Your Vaping Case?


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