Vaping has become increasingly popular in the last few years, partly because it has been marketed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, numerous studies have shown that JUUL and other e-cigarettes can cause many of the same problems associated with traditional cigarettes, including a collapsed lung.
How can vaping lead to a collapsed lung?
A collapsed lung, also known as a pneumothorax, occurs when the lung is unable to inflate due to pressure created by air getting in the space between your lungs and chest. This can happen due to external trauma such as a bullet wound or internal trauma like ruptured air sacs or holes forming in the lung due to COPD.
An 18-year-old college student in Miami filed a lawsuit against JUUL in August 2019 after one of his lungs collapsed the previous month from using the brand’s e-cigarette. He started consuming half of a JUUL pod each day, the same amount of nicotine as approximately 10 cigarettes, about a year and a half before the lawsuit, and had never smoked traditional tobacco cigarettes. After the surgery to re-inflate his lung, he was told he had a hole in his lung tissue that was repaired, but there were still many black dots on his lungs from vaping and these will take years to heal and may never fully disappear.
The Dangers of Vaping
Studies have shown that vaping with products such as JUUL is just as harmful as traditional cigarette smoking, if not even more damaging. If you or someone you love suffered from a collapsed lung after using e-cigarettes, contact the accomplished attorneys at Kwartler Manus, LLC to discuss your possible case. Vaping can lead to collapsed lungs and other conditions that may be eligible for compensation such as:
Popcorn lung - Bronchiolitis
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Acute Respiratory Distress
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Cardiac Arrest (or other cardiac conditions)
Heavy Metal Poisoning (including cobalt, cadmium, lead)
Neurological conditions (including strokes, seizures)