Update: 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.
‘Popcorn Lung’ Chemical Found in E-Cigarettes
A chemical linked to a severe respiratory disease called bronchitis obliterans was found in more than 75% of flavored e-cigarettes (also called ‘vaporizers’ or ‘vapes’) tested by Harvard researchers, according to a study published today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Commonly known as ‘popcorn lung,’ bronchitis obliterans was first reported on in 2000, when a number of workers at a popcorn plant in Missouri were diagnosed with the disease after inhaling the flavoring chemical diacetyl.
For the Harvard study, researchers tested 51 types of flavored vapes and found diacetyl in 39 of them. Most also tested positive for 2 other high-priority flavoring chemicals: 3-pentanedione and acetoin.
“Due to the associations between diacetyl, bronchiolitis obliterans and other severe respiratory diseases observed in workers, urgent action is recommended to further evaluate this potentially widespread exposure via flavored e-cigarettes,” the study’s authors concluded.
Bronchitis Obliterans Symptoms
Popcorn lung is an irreversible disease that causes severe scarring on the tiny air sacs in the lungs (bronchioles). Its symptoms are similar to those produced by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and may include:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Scarring / hardening of lung tissue
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Skin Peeling
What is Vaping, and How Do Vapes Work?
Vapes contain a sensor and a tiny computer chip. When a person takes a drag it activates a heater, which warms up a canister of nicotine stored in propylene glycol. When the solution evaporates, it creates a nicotine vapor that the smoker inhales through the mouthpiece. This process is referred to as ‘vaping.’
Vape Side Effects
In addition to being linked to popcorn lung, vapes and vaping have been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Fixed Airway Obstruction
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Diseases of the Small Airways
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Additional health problems
SF Launches Campaign Warning of Dangers of Vaping: ABC News Video
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.
Vapes a “Major Health Concern,” Surgeon General Says
January 16, 2017 – A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General is calling vape use a grave threat to children and young adults in the U.S., igniting a controversy over whether the practice is safer than traditional cigarette smoking. The report found that e-cigarette use among U.S. high school students was up more than 900% since 2011, and described in scientific terms how young people with developing brains are sensitive to nicotine.
Vaping ‘No Better’ than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds
December 29, 2015 – Lab tests have determined that vapor from e-cigarettes can damage or kill human cells, according to a new study published in the Oral Oncology journal. “Our study strongly suggests that electronic cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public,” the researchers said. “Vapourised e-cig liquids induce increased DNA strand breaks and cell death.” Click here to learn more.
Do I Have a Vape and Vaping Class Action Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in vape and vaping 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 were injured by vape side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.