A study published by researchers at Harvard have found that most flavored e-cigarette/vape juices contain toxic chemicals linked to severe respiratory diseases like “Popcorn Lung” (bronchiolitis obliterans).
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Vaporizers, also known as “vapes” or “e-cigarettes,” are battery-powered devices that use a heating element to vaporize liquid chemicals into an aerosol that can be inhaled. Vaporizer liquids (known as “juice” or “e-liquid”) typically contain a mixture of nicotine, flavoring chemicals, plus glycerol and/or propylene glycol.
What is the problem?
Like traditional cigarette smoke, vapors from an e-cigarette contain nanoparticles that can reach deep into lung tissue and increase pulmonary inflammation, which may lead to chronic airway diseases.
Other studies have found that many e-liquids contain flavoring chemicals like diacetyl, which may contribute to the development or worsening of lung diseases such as:
- Popcorn Lung
- Bronchiolitis obliterans
- Fixed airway obstruction
- Chronic bronchitis
- Diseases of the small airway
- And more
Vape batteries can explode when they are damaged or charged on an incompatible charger. 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 a laptop or other USB.
Exploding vape batteries have injured at least 100 people in the last few years. An investigation by eCigOne.com has found over 160 news reports of vape battery explosions since 2009, including 93 reports involving severe burn injuries.
The horrific injuries include severe burns, horrific eye injuries, broken teeth, lacerations from metal shrapnel, finger amputations, car accidents, and more. In May 2016, a man from California was blinded after a battery exploded in his face.
$1.9 Million Awarded in Vape Explosion Lawsuit
In October 2015, a jury in California awarded $1.9 million in the first lawsuit over a vape battery explosion to go to trial. The battery exploded on a car charger and caused 2nd-degree burns to the plaintiff.
Harvard Study Finds Toxic Flavoring Chemicals in Most Vape Juices
The FDA has banned fruit, candy, and clove flavors from traditional cigarettes since September 2009. However, there were over 7,000 types of flavored vapes and e-juice on the market in 2015.
In December 2015, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health tested 51 types of flavored vape liquids for the presence of chemicals that may pose a respiratory hazard.
- Diacetyl was detected in 39 flavors (76%) that were tested, in amounts up to 239 μg per vape
- 2,3-pentanedione was found in 23 flavors
- Acetoin, a chemical structurally similar to diacetyl, was found in 46 flavors, in amounts up to 529 μg per vape.
According to study co-author David Christiani:
“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.”
Vapors in E-Juices May Contain Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical found in cigarette smoke, can also be found in some e-liquid, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January 2015. Formaldehyde is also produced during vaporization of e-liquids containing propylene glycol, according to researchers.
Bronchiolitis Obliterans and “Popcorn Lung”
Bronchiolitis obliterans is an irreversible, life-threatening lung disease that causes scarring of tiny air sacs in the lungs, which narrows the airways and makes it hard to breathe. It was first associated with inhalation of butter flavorings (diacetyl) at a microwave popcorn facility in Missouri in 2004, hence the nickname “Popcorn Lung.”
Symptoms of Popcorn Lung
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Night sweats
- And more
Vape Class Action Lawsuits
Several vape class actions have been filed, but they are not designed to maximize compensation for people who were injured by lung diseases. Instead, they are seeking reimbursement from companies that sold dangerous products without warning consumers about the risk.
In November 2015, a lawsuit (PDF) was filed against Five Pawns, Inc., a maker of high-end vaping liquids. According to the lawsuit, tests found very high amounts of harmful flavoring chemicals. Five Pawns was also accused of lying to customers by saying the liquids were diacetyl-free, when in fact they contained astonishing amounts of the chemical — 40 μg/ml of diacetyl and 2,500 μg/ml of acetyl propionyl.
Also in November, a class action (PDF) was filed against Cuttwood LLC. According to the lawsuit, the company sold vaping liquids containing diacetyl and acetyl propionyl in “the highest concentration that has ever been seen in any e-liquid.” Click here to read more.
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