When e-cigarettes first hit the market, they were touted as a safer option than traditional cigarettes. However, studies show that vaping can cause many of the same effects and injuries as smoking, including types of pneumonia.
One of the most prevalent types of pneumonia that occurs from vaping is organizing pneumonia, also known as cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP) and Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP). It affects the walls of the bronchioles (air passages) of the lungs as well as the air sacs, called alveoli, along the walls of these passages. A case report was published in 2016 that described a 27-year-old man with no other health problems going into respiratory failure and developing organizing pneumonia. He had been using e-cigarettes for seven months prior to this incident in an attempt to quit smoking traditional cigarettes.
Another pneumonia that has been diagnosed in e-cigarette users is lipoid pneumonia. The word lipoid implies the involvement of fats, including oils such as the ones in vape cartridges. This severe form of pneumonia was diagnosed in a 25-year-old Utah woman after she started vomiting and coughing up blood. It is fairly rare and traditionally associated with oil based-laxatives, but is now on the rise with the expansion of the e-cigarette industry.
These types of pneumonia seem to be especially prevalent in younger individuals. This is not surprising, as there is evidence of many e-cigarette companies purposefully advertising to youth. In fact, a recent lawsuit found that JUUL was intentionally targeting young consumers with their marketing.
Liability Claims against JUUL and other Major E-Cigarette Manufacturing Companies
This lawsuit asserts that the vape company “engaged in unfair and deceptive acts and practices… by willfully advertising and/or selling nicotine products to children, adolescents, and other consumers younger than the minimum legal sales age”. The investigation demonstrated that JUUL specifically chose marketing images that appealed to young people, advertised products on websites specifically for children and youth, and shipped their product to underage customers that purchased them directly from their website online.
The Dangers of Vaping
Vaping is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes, maybe even more, and can lead to many similar injuries and conditions. If you or your child developed pneumonia or other issues due to vaping, the JUUL e-cigarette attorneys of Kwartler Manus, LLC are available to discuss your case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Side effects of vaping can include various types of pneumonia and other injuries and issues such as:
Acute Respiratory Distress
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Popcorn lung - Bronchiolitis
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Cardiac Arrest (or other cardiac conditions)
Heavy Metal Poisoning (including: cobalt, cadmium, lead)
Neurological conditions (including: strokes, seizures)
How can Kwartler Manus, LLC. help with Your Case?
Living with these types of vaping effects can contribute to extensive financial, mental, and emotional damages. Those who have suffered such damages may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other costs. Our JUUL e-cigarette attorneys can help you recover the compensation that you deserve. We understand how stressful it can be to recover from the impact of vape use — especially if the victim is your child.
At Kwartler Manus, LLC, our attorneys are dedicated to helping those harmed by vaping and have over 40 years of combined experience in personal injury litigation. If you or your child were diagnosed with pneumonia from vape use, contact us online or call our office at (267) 214-8608 to schedule a consultation.