JUUL, Vaping, and E-cigarette Attorneys in Pittsburgh, PA
Lawsuits have been filed against e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs Inc., claiming that the manufacturer failed to warn consumers about the dangers of e-cigarettes and illegally marketed its products to minors. Additional lawsuits are expected, including those against other manufacturers.
Claimants in these JUUL and e-cigarette lawsuits say that vaping products caused serious health conditions such as lung disease, strokes, and seizures.
If you, or a loved one, suffered any of these dangerous side effects after using vape pens and e-cigarettes, contact a Pittsburgh vaping lawyer today. We offer free, no obligation legal consultations and our phones answer 24/7. Call us at 1-866-943-3427 to get started.
What Does Vaping Do to Your Lungs?
Though research on the link between vaping and lung disease is still in the early stages, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that hundreds of e-cigarette users have reported harmful effects of vaping on the lungs, including multiple deaths and hospitalizations.
So far, researchers have found:
- Proteins in the airways of e-cigarette smokers that are known to contribute to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Mice exposed to e-cigarette vapor exhibited DNA damage in the lungs, bladder, and heart. This could increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, and lung problems.
According to vaping lawsuits, users claim that vaping lead to:
- Wrongful death—there have been multiple wrongful deaths associated with e-cigarettes so far. Government officials say they expect there to be more deaths because some patients have severe lung illnesses, including many who are hospitalized in intensive care units.
- Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis—also known as bagpipe lung, this can occur when someone inhales organic dusts, like those found in e-cigarette vapors. Symptoms include weight loss, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, flu-like illness, chills, lung fibrosis, and club fingers and toes. Damage to the lungs can be permanent.
- Eosinophilic Pneumonia—this is a serious lung problem that usually results in the patient requiring respiratory support. It occurs when white blood cells build up in the lungs and disrupt their normal function. Symptoms include respiratory problems, cough, fevers, and night sweats.
- COPD—a lung disorder that gets worse over time and causes respiratory problems. Symptoms include coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, leg swelling, and bulging neck veins.
- Pneumonia—research has found that vaping may increase the risk of pneumonia by causing pneumococcal bacteria to stick to the cells that line the airways and nasal passages. One claimant suffered a leg amputation as a result of pneumonia complications.
- Advanced Asthma—researchers found that adolescents who use e-cigarettes have a 50 percent higher chance of developing asthma than those who don't.
Officials haven't yet pinpointed which substance(s) in e-cigarettes are responsible for victims' illnesses, but THC, Vitamin E acetate, and other additives appear in vaping mixtures. According to the CDC, there are over 500 probable cases of vaping illnesses throughout the United States.
If you suspect that your lung condition could be related to vaping, you should get in touch with an experienced vaping lawyer in Pittsburgh. Our phones answer 24/7 at 1-866-943-3427.
Can You Get Lung Cancer From a Vape?
As of now, researchers haven't established a direct link between vaping e-cigarettes and lung cancer, and there are no documented cases of vape products causing cancer. However, there is some evidence that vaping may increase your overall risk of developing lung, oral, and bladder cancers.
There are a few reasons why it's hard to establish a direct link:
- It can take decades for long-term effects to become clear. For example, most lung cancer diagnoses occur in people over the age of 65, yet most people who use e-cigarettes are under the age of 35.
- Most people who vape are current or former cigarette smokers.
Researchers do know that vaping increases the overall cancer risk in people who have never smoked cigarettes.
Are Vapes Bad for You?
The exact long-term effects of vaping are unknown, and there is variation among e-cigarettes and their ingredients, but researchers say that repeated exposure over a long period of time poses substantial risk.
Current vape lawsuits claim that in addition to lung conditions, the health risks of e-cigarettes include:
- Heart attack or myocardial infarction—these have been reported in otherwise healthy teens and young adults who use e-cigarettes. It's thought that vaping may impact heart function, prematurely aging the arteries and aorta.
- Seizure—seizures are a known side effect of nicotine toxicity. Many of the vaping-related seizures reported to the FDA involved teens and young adults. One 14-year-old suffered seizures after vaping the equivalent of 80 tobacco cigarettes per day.
- Stroke—researchers say that compared with nonusers, people who vape e-cigarettes have a 71 percent higher risk of stroke.
What is Popcorn Lung From Vaping?
Popcorn long – bronchiolitis obliterans – is a serious and irreversible lung disease. It is caused by breathing in diacetyl, a buttery-flavored chemical typically used in foods like popcorn and caramel. When inhaled, it can scar the tiny airs sacs in the lungs, narrowing the airways. After being linked to deaths and hundreds of cases of bronchiolitis obliterans, major popcorn manufacturers removed diacetyl from their products.
However, people are still exposed to diacetyl through e-cigarette vapor. According to the American Lung Association (ALA), it is added to "e-juice" liquid by some e-cigarette manufacturers to enhance flavors like maple, vanilla, and coconut. The ALA said researchers found that 39 of 51 tested e-cig brands contained diacetyl.
Can E-cigs Cause Cancer?
Many people wonder about the link between e-cigarettes and cancer. Scientists are still studying the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes, but it is known that e-cigarette vapor contains some cancer-causing chemicals such as formaldehyde.
Can You Get Addicted to Vaping?
Nicotine addiction is one of the dangers of e-cigarettes. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, some e-cigarette pods contain almost double the concentration of nicotine compared to other e-cigarette cartridges. This is especially dangerous for young users, who already have a higher risk of addiction. According to scientists, the younger the brain is when it's exposed to nicotine, the harder it is to quit.
Who is at Risk for Vaping Illnesses?
According to the CDC:
- Nearly three-quarters of those who have fallen ill are male.
- Two-thirds are between the ages of 18 and 34.
- Sixteen percent are 18 or younger.
- More than half of all reported vaping illnesses involve patients under 25 years of age.
The latest numbers show that:
- Five million minors (most of them in high school) reported vaping e-cigarettes recently.
- About 25 percent of high schoolers reported vaping in the past 30 days, up from 20 percent last year (and up from 1.5 percent in 2011).
The United States' top health officials said that the government would ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes to reduce teen vaping.
What Are E-cigarettes and Vaping?
An e-cigarette is a battery-operated device that is intended to mimic smoking tobacco products without the actual smoke. Instead, users inhale vaporized nicotine liquid or non-nicotine mixtures called e-liquid.
E-cigarettes have many different names and are also called: E-cigs, vape pens, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), alternative nicotine delivery systems (ANDS), mods, vapes, vaporizers, and vaporizer cigarettes.
They come in many different shapes and sizes and can look like pens, pipes, USB flash drives, cigars, and standard cigarettes. They include a battery that turns the e-cigarette on, a cartridge that holds the e-liquid, a heating component that turns the liquid into vapor, and a mouthpiece.
"Vaping" refers to inhaling the vapor of an e-cigarette.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Vaping Lawsuit Attorney?
There are no upfront fees or costs with our law firm, and there are no fees at all if we don't win your case. We mean it when we say, "There's never a fee unless we get money for you."
That's because we operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that we cover the cost of all parts of your case—from requesting medical records to hiring expert witnesses. If we lose, you don't pay us a penny. Fees are only paid if and when you receive a successful verdict or e-cigarette lawsuit settlement.
Contact a Pittsburgh E-cigarette Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one suffered health complications such as lung disease, stroke, or seizure after vaping e-cigarettes, you could have a claim. It's in your best interest to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. Vaping lawsuits can be complicated and require the right experience and resources. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you'll understand your options. Call us today at 1-866-943-3427 for a free, no obligation legal consultation.
Note: Litigation may involve co-counsel.
Vaping Tied to Rise in Stroke, Heart Attack Risk. Dennis Thompson.January 30, 2019.
Use of E-Cigarettes Among Teens Is "Exploding". Kevin Loria. February 13, 2019.
Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes. Shelia Kaplan. September 19, 2019.