December 11, 2015 — A class action lawsuit claims that Cuttwood brand vape juice contain hazardous levels of flavoring chemicals linked to lung disease.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Case No. 8:15-cv-01961) on November 23.
According to the complaint, Cuttwood e-liquids contain artificial flavoring chemicals diacetyl and acetyl propionyl (2,3,-pentanedione) in “the highest concentration that has ever been seen in any e-liquid.”
The chemicals give e-juice flavors like butter, cream, fruit, candy, cocktails, and more. They are safe to eat and drink in food, but inhalation has been linked to lung diseases like bronchiolitis obliterans — irreversible scarring that constricts the airways and may require a lung transplant.
The disease was nicknamed “Popcorn Lung” after a number of cases were seen in workers at a popcorn factory who inhaled butter-flavoring chemicals. The chemicals can also contribute to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema. The lawsuit states:
“Cuttwood’s warning label is misleading and deceptive because while it identifies nicotine as a chemical component, it does not provide a full list of other carcinogenic ingredients and other disease-causing substances.”
The plaintiff, Jennifer Cox, is a resident of Orange County, California who says she was misled into buying Cuttwood products. She says she believed they were less dangerous than traditional cigarettes. Had she known the products contain toxins, she says she never would have bought them. The class action seeks to represent everyone who purchased flavored Cuttwood vaping products in California.
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