About Vaping and Lung Injuries
Since hitting the market in 2007, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have become increasingly popular among both adults and teens. These products have been linked to severe lung illnesses and deaths across the country.
The investigation into the association of vaping with lung problems is ongoing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), common symptoms of lung problems possibly linked to vaping include:
- Cough or chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Weight loss
Seek medical help right away if you experience pain or symptoms and have a history of e-cigarette use.
Obstructive and Restrictive Lung Disease
There are two overarching types of lung disease: obstructive and restrictive. Obstructive lung disease involves the narrowing of pulmonary airways. People suffering from obstructive lung disease have difficulty expelling air from their lungs. Restrictive lung disease involves difficulty fully expanding the lungs when inhaling. Stiffened chest walls, weakened muscles, or damaged nerves can restrict the expansion of the lungs. Both types of lung disease can be painful and debilitating.
E-cigarettes Among Young People
E-cigarettes have become the most commonly used tobacco product among young people in the United States. In 2018, more than 3.6 million young Americans used e-cigarettes. Among high schoolers, e-cigarette use increased by 78 percent from 2017 to 2018.
While it can be harmful for anyone, vaping is particularly dangerous for young people. Nicotine exposure can harm an adolescent’s developing brain. It can impact learning, memory, and attention and increase the risk of future addiction problems.
E-cigarettes Are Not a ‘Healthy’ Smoking Alternative
The Surgeon General has noted that the aerosol that e-cigarettes expel is not harmless. Most e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, a highly addictive chemical which studies have connected to a variety of negative short- and long-term effects on the body.
Further, the aerosol in e-cigarettes can potentially expose users’ lungs to other harmful substances, including heavy metals, volatile compounds, and ultrafine particles.
Getting Legal Help
If you developed a lung injury or illness after vaping, CaseyGerry has the legal experience to help you. California law limits the amount of time you have to seek compensation for your medical bills and other damages, so acting immediately is critical. Every case is different; the only way to protect yourself is to speak to an experienced lung injury attorney as soon as possible. You can call CaseyGerry at (619) 238-1811 or fill out our online form.
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