Update: E Cigarette Lawsuit Filed in Kansas
April 30, 2018 – A Kansas man who claims the spare battery to his electronic cigarette exploded inside his pocket and caused him severe burn injuries has filed a products liability lawsuit against the vape shop where he purchased the device. The explosion was a result of metal from some of the other items plaintiff had in his pocket interacting with the spare battery in a way that caused a short leading to a “thermal runway,” the complaint states.
What are Electronic Cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes (also called “e-cigarettes,” “e-cigs,” “vaporizers” or “vapes”) are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings and other chemicals in the form of vapor instead of smoke. They can be manufactured to resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes, cigars or pipes, and even everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks. More than 250 different e-cigarette brands are currently on the U.S. market, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
E-Cigarette Flavors Contain ‘Popcorn Lung’ Chemical, Study Finds
December 8, 2015 – For the study, Harvard researchers looked for the presence of diacetyl, acetoin and 2,3-pentanedione in 51 different e-cigarette flavors. To single out these harmful chemicals, the study’s authors put the e-cigs into a chamber and drew air out of them for 8 seconds at a time. The air stream was then examined for its chemical components. Of the 51 flavors tested, 47 contained at least 1 of the 3 chemicals the researchers were looking for.
What is Popcorn Lung?
In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on several cases of bronchiolitis obliterans in workers at a microwave popcorn plant in Missouri. After an investigation by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), it was determined that the workers had inhaled large amounts of diacetyl, a flavoring agent used to give the popcorn its buttery taste. As a result of these events, bronchiolitis obliterans began to be referred to in the popular media as “popcorn lung” or “popcorn workers lung.” It is also referred to as “flavorings-related lung disease.”
Popcorn lung is similar to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), causing symptoms which may include:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Scarring / hardening of lung tissue
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Skin Peeling
E-Cigarette Side Effects
In addition to diacetyl, other harmful chemicals have previously been found in e-cigarette liquids, and it’s possible that their vapor could cause severe damage to the immune system. The new study adds to a growing body of evidence which suggests that electronic cigarettes may not be any safer than traditional tobacco products, and may actually be more dangerous. Because of these potential health issues, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to regulate e-cigarettes as it does other tobacco and nicotine-containing products.
E-cig side effects may include:
- Bronchiolitis Obliterans (aka Popcorn Lung)
- Fixed Airway Obstruction
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Diseases of the Small Airways
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Additional health problems
Navy Bans E-Cigarettes Over Exploding Battery Concerns
April 18, 2017 – The U.S. Navy is banning e-cigarettes and portable vaporizers from its aircraft, ships and submarines after receiving multiple reports of the devices’ batteries exploding, catching fire and injuring sailors. Malfunctioning e-cigs have forced at least one aircraft to land, started fires on ships and left multiple sailors with severe burns. Vape injuries have occurred when the devices were being used, charged or replaced, or when they came into contact with other metal objects.
1 in 4 Children Exposed to Secondhand Smoke from E-Cigs, CDC Study Finds
April 3, 2017 – A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that nearly one-quarter of teens in the U.S. has been exposed to potentially dangerous secondhand vapors from electronic cigarettes over the past 30 days. Children who were exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke were also more likely to be exposed to secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes, CDC found.
E-Cigarettes a “Major Health Concern,” Surgeon General Says
January 16, 2017 – A new report from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is calling e-cigarette use a grave threat to the youth of America, adding to a heated debate over whether the practice is safer than traditional cigarette smoking. The report found that e-cigarette or “vape” use among U.S. high school students has jumped 900% since 2011, and described in scientific terms how young people with developing brains are sensitive to nicotine.
Lawsuits Allege Vapes Explode, Burn Florida Men
November 29, 2016 – Two Florida men who allegedly suffered severe burns from exploding e-cigarettes have filed lawsuits against manufacturers and retailers of the devices. A vape exploded in James Dardini’s pocket in December 2015, requiring emergency room treatment and surgery in a burn unit, according to a lawsuit filed in Volusia Circuit Court. Another complaint was filed in the same court on behalf of James Lauria, a 23-year-old man from Cobb County, Georgia, who suffered severe injuries after his e-cig blew up in his face while he was vaping on July 29, 2015.
Exploding E-Cigarette Burns Boston Man
July 6, 2016 – A 47-year-old man suffered burns last week after a vape exploded at a hotel in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, according to CBS Boston. Firefighters responded to the incident around 3 a.m. Saturday morning and found minor smoke and fire damage. The man was treated for second degree burns to his left hand after the device’s battery pack exploded.
FDA Enforces Strict New Guidelines for E-Cigarettes, Vapes
May 9, 2016 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced sweeping new rules (PDF) which extend regulatory authority to electronic cigarettes and associated devices, banning their sale to anyone under 18 and requiring adults under the age of 26 to show a photo ID to purchase them.
The rules subject manufacturers to federal regulation for the first time, requiring them to register with the FDA and provide it with a detailed account of their products’ ingredients and their manufacturing processes. Producers will also have to apply to the agency for permission to sell their products.
E-Cigarettes Could Damage Cells, Cause Cancer – Study Claims
December 29, 2015 – Adding to the growing health concerns over electronic cigarettes, a new study published in the journal Oral Oncology has warned that vapor emitted by the devices may cause cancer. The findings came after a lab team at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System tested 2 popular brands of e-cigarettes and found their negative impact on human cells.
“Our study strongly suggests that electronic cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public,” said the researchers. Click here to learn more.
Do I Have an Electronic Cigarette Class Action Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in e-cig lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new popcorn lung cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by an e-cigarette, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.