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Vape Lawsuit

Vape Lawsuit

Most vape liquids contain toxic flavor chemicals linked to severe lung diseases like Popcorn Lung (bronchiolitis obliterans), according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting vape induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with lung disease, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: FDA Will Regulate Vapes

May 5, 2016 — In a move sure to upend the vaping industry, the FDA has announced sweeping new authority to ban sales to minors and require expensive approval applications. Click here to read more.

What is a Vape?

Vapes, short for “vaporizers,” are battery-powered devices that heat liquid chemicals into a gas that can be inhaled like cigarette smoke. There is no flame or combustion, so vaping is not technically “smoking.” However, like traditional cigarettes, vapes may contain chemicals known to cause lung disease.

What is the problem?

Vapes have been marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, but they still produce nanoparticles of diacetyl and other toxic chemicals that penetrate deep into the lungs. This can potentially lead to pulmonary inflammation and chronic airway diseases, such as:

Vape Explosions

Vapes are almost always powered by lithium-ion batteries, which pack a lot of power in a small size. Unfortunately, they can also potentially explode when they are damaged or charged inappropriately.

Over 150 Reports of Vapes Exploding

An investigation by eCigOne.com has found over 160 news reports of vape battery explosions since 2009, including 93 reports involving severe burn injuries. Other serious incidents include facial scarring, hand lacerations, finger amputations, jaw wired shut, car accidents, broken teeth, and more.

How to Avoid Vape Explosions

  • Never carry a vape battery in your pocket or purse.
  • Do not charge it overnight or leave it unattended.
  • Always use the charger that came with your vape
  • Never charge on a laptop or other “standard” USB port
  • Watch out for counterfeit products and poor manufacturing

Flavored Vape Juice Chemicals Linked to Lung Disease

The FDA banned fruit, candy, and clove flavors from traditional cigarettes in September 2009. However, there are over 7,000 flavored vape products on the market — and most contain toxic flavor chemicals known to cause lung disease, according to a recent study.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed 51 types of flavored vapes in flavors like candy, fruit, and cocktails. They and found at least one high-risk flavoring chemical in all but four of the products.

Chemicals found in the analysis include:

  • Diacetyl in 39 products (76%) – up to 239 μg/vape.
  • 2,3-pentanedione in 23 products (45%), up to 64 μg/vape.
  • Acetoin, a chemical that is structurally similar to diacetyl, was found in 46 products (90%), up to 529 μg/vape.

Vape Liquid May Contain Other Toxic Chemicals

Flavor chemicals are not the only dangerous toxins found in vape liquid. The cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde is produced when propylene glycol is vaporized, according to a study published early in 2015 by the New England Journal of Medicine. David Christiani warned:

“In addition to containing varying levels of the addictive substance nicotine, they also contain other cancer-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, and as our study shows, flavoring chemicals that can cause lung damage.”

Diacetyl and “Popcorn Lung”

Routinely breathing the flavoring chemical diacetyl is a risk-factor for bronchiolitis obliterans, an incurable lung disease that causes progressive scarring and narrowing of the airways. It got the nickname “Popcorn Lung” in the early 2000s, after being linked to inhalation of butter flavorings from microwave popcorn.

Symptoms of Bronchiolitis Obliterans

  • Dry cough
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • And more

Vape Class Action Lawsuits

A growing number of vape liquid manufacturers are facing class action lawsuits for selling dangerous products and failing to warn consumers about the risk. In November 2015, a class action (PDF) was filed against Five Pawns LLC after lab tests found extremely high amounts of flavoring chemicals in certain products. According to the lawusit, one flavor called Absolute Pin had 40 μg/ml of diacetyl and an astonishing 2,500 μg/ml of acetyl propionyl:

“This means, if a person inhales just 2ml of Absolute Pin e-liquid they will be over the recommended intake for DA and more than 36 times over the recommended daily limit for AP.”

Do I have a Vape Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting vape induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with lung disease, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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