When it comes to e-cigarettes or vapes, such as JUUL, a number of users have reported injuries during and after use. These have included minor to severe burns, lung disease, and in some cases, even death.
According to the CDC, as of February 2019, over 2800 hospitalizations occurred due to E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Associated Lung Injury (EVALI). Likewise, a George Mason University study estimated around 2000 emergency room visits between 2015 and 2017, all related to burns and explosions from various types of e-cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery powered vaporizers that are used to smoke tobacco. Instead of smoke, an e-cigarette user inhales a vaporized nicotine solution that may take on a variety of scents such as fruit, bubblegum, or even no smell at all.
E-cigarettes can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can even mimic the flavors of specific traditional cigarette brands. However, since there is no smoke utilized during inhalation, or “vaping,” e-cigarettes are often utilized as what is thought to be a cleaner, better smelling alternative to typical cigarettes.
When it comes to e-cigarette battery explosions, the devices have been known to explode in users’ mouths, in pockets, and while charging, among other times. According to a number of different reports, the shape and design of e-cigarettes can make them prime for batteries to catch on fire,
Likewise, the batteries that are typically used, lithium-ion, can often become extremely hot. When the liquid within these types of batteries react with oxygen, batteries can combust and cause serious injury.
These can include:
Vitamin E acetate has been thought to be a contributor to occurrences of EVALI. In fact, according to the CDC, “Vitamin E acetate is strongly linked to the EVALI outbreak. Vitamin E acetate has been found in product samples tested by FDA and state laboratories and in patient lung fluid samples tested by CDC from geographically diverse states. Vitamin E acetate has not been found in the lung fluid of people that do not have EVALI.
Those with lung injuries in these cases can often show a number of symptoms, including:
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to e-cigarettes, it’s important to connect with an attorney right away. E-cigarette injury cases can get complicated and overwhelming, and its important that you have someone on your side who can inform you of your options.
An Attorney at Zaner Harden Law can help to protect your rights and fight for you.
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