Despite marketing claims that e-cigarettes like JUUL are a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, research demonstrates that vaping can be just as damaging. Studies have shown that using vape pens can lead to many of the same illnesses as smoking tobacco, including cadmium poisoning.
Vaping and Cadmium Poisoning
Cadmium is produced as a by-product of smelting ore and is used for items such as batteries and electroplating. It also occurs naturally in many foods as it is a component of soil and water. Foods with the highest levels of cadmium include leafy greens, potatoes, shellfish, and some organ meats. High levels of cadmium can lead to poisoning, with symptoms such as headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Over time, it can damage lung tissue and lead to damage of the kidneys, liver, bones, and blood.
Research estimates that the average person absorbs 1-3 micrograms (mcg) of cadmium every day in the food they ingest, and smokers can absorb an additional 1-3 mcg of cadmium for every pack smoked. Cadmium is one of the many heavy metals found in e-cigarettes from various studies and is absorbed most efficiently by the lungs. A clinical trial found that the saliva and urine of patients tested had equal amounts of heavy metals as the vape fluid.
The Dangers of Vaping
The use of JUUL and other e-cigarettes is proved to be just as dangerous as using traditional tobacco cigarettes, if not even more harmful. If you or someone you love had cadmium poisoning after using e-cigarettes, contact our legal team at Kwartler Manus, LLC to discuss your potential compensation.Other conditions that may qualify include:
- Acute Respiratory Distress
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
- Popcorn lung – Bronchiolitis
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Collapsed Lung
- Heavy Metal Poisoning (including cobalt, cadmium, lead)
- Heart Attack
- Cardiac Arrest (or other cardiac conditions)
- Neurological conditions (including strokes, seizures)
- Respiratory disease
We understand how difficult it is to recover from injuries and illnesses associated with vaping, especially if the victim is someone you love. Our experienced JUUL attorneys at Kwartler Manus, LLC are committed to assisting those hurt due to e-cigarette manufacturers and are here to help you through this process. If you or a loved one developed cadmium poisoning after using e-cigarettes, contact us online or by phone at (267) 457-5570 today.