JUUL and other vaping devices have been gaining popularity recently, boosted by marketing claims that they are a safer alternative to cigarettes. Research has shown that these claims are false and that using e-cigarettes can lead to many of the same conditions, including lead poisoning.
Vaping and Lead Poisoning
Lead poisoning is typically caused by particles of lead-based paint, as well as from workplace exposure of those who work around lead, and contaminated soil and dust found in high concentrations near mines, roadways, runways, and lead smelters. When absorbed by the body, lead is stored in bone, but it can affect any organ system. Symptoms of lead poisoning can vary depending on age and level of exposure, but can often include headaches, vomiting, fatigue/lethargy, and constipation, with seizures and permanent brain and kidney damage in severe cases.
Research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found high levels of heavy metals including lead in e-cigarette vapor. Another trial showed that vapers had more lead in their bodily fluids than cigarette smokers. Some studies suggest that metals are leaching from the heated coils of the e-cigarette, but more research is needed.
The Dangers of Vaping
Using vape pens like JUUL has been proven to be more dangerous than smoking cigarettes, especially for underage consumers. E-cigarettes can lead to lead poisoning and other heavy metal toxicity. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with lead poisoning, reach out to our attorneys at Kwartler Manus, LLC to discuss your potential case and determine if you are eligible for compensation. Other potentially qualifying conditions include:
Acute Respiratory Distress
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Popcorn lung - Bronchiolitis
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Heavy Metal Poisoning (including cobalt, cadmium, lead)
Cardiac Arrest (or other cardiac conditions)
Neurological conditions (including strokes, seizures)
We know how hard it can be to recover from illnesses and injuries associated with e-cigarette use, especially if the victim is your child. Our fierce group of legal experts at Kwartler Manus, LLC are dedicated to assisting those harmed by vape manufacturers like JUUL and are here to support you. If you or someone you love developed lead poisoning due to vaping, contact us online or by phone at (267) 214-8608 today for a consultation.