E-cigarettes and other vaping products have been touted as less unhealthy alternatives to traditional cigarettes for over a decade. But they contain volatile organic compounds, diacetyl, and heavy metals (e.g., nickel, tin, and lead)—all harmful substances.
Why is Vaping Dangerous?
Nicotine is already known to cause harm to unborn babies, as well as teens’ still-developing brains. In addition, recent research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates that vaping is linked to chronic lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
Vaping products are also in vogue among teenagers. Health professionals are concerned that their cool/fun factor will “renormalize” smoking and eventually lead to tobacco usage. Smoking is at an all-time low (percentage-wise) in this country since statistics have been kept. Vaping may reverse these hard-fought gains.
Defective vaping products have exploded in people’s pockets, hands, and directly in the face, resulting in severe burns, fractures, visual injuries, and altered lives. One study spanning 2015 through 2017 reported 2,000+ visits to emergency rooms nationwide.
Vaping took it on the chin in 2019 with an outbreak of associated lung injuries and fatalities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that the vast majority of these lung injuries are currently believed to be derived from black-market vaping products.
Until a definitive cause(s) of the lung injuries can be determined, the CDC recommends refraining from vaping altogether. At the very least, avoid vaping products containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol); don’t buy vaping products from informal sources such as friends, online distributors, or off the streets; and don’t modify or add substances to vaping products.
If you suffer a vaping-related injury, contact a product liability attorney for a consultation.