Vaping Injuries and Illness.
Tobacco use is still a widespread issue, especially amongst teens in the United States. Although traditional smoking rates have dropped, tobacco consumption has shifted from cigarettes to e-cigarettes and vapes.
In Utah, E-cigarette use and experimentation in teens keeps on climbing and is more than double that of adult use. Between the years of 2011 and 2017, Utah’s youth e-cigarette use rate grew to 11.1 percent, which is only 2.3 percent shy of the national 13.4 average for high school students in the U.S.
Chemical Dangers Found in E-Cigarettes
Nicotine isn’t the only dangerous aspect of vapes and e-cigarettes. Other harmful substances which can be found in e-cigarette aerosol includes:
- Diacetyl, a chemical linked to lung disease.
- Heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead.
- Erratic organic compounds.
- Cancer inducing chemicals.
- Minute particles which can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
E-Cigarettes and Drugs
Tobacco isn’t the only thing being used in e-cigarettes, they have also been utilized to vape drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. These devices appeal to drug users because of their ability to make drug consumption discreet, making them a popular trend, especially in younger demographics.
Battery Related Dangers
There have also been 195 incidents between January 2009 and December 31st of 2016 where explosions and fire incidents involving the batteries inside e-cigarettes were reported by the U.S. media.
- One-hundred-thirty-three acute injuries were reported. 38 (29 percent) were severe.
- Sixty-two percent of incidents happened while the device was in the individual’s pocket.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 12 people ranging from the ages of 18 to 68 have died due to a mysterious lung disease outbreak which has affected 805 individuals. In these cases, patients were hospitalized and developed pneumonia with no known infectious cases.
If you or someone you know have fallen ill after the use of an e-cigarette or vape, contact the personal injury lawyer team here at Robert J. DeBry and Associates by calling 801-699-9999 or fill out our free initial consultation form.