Does Vaping Cause Lung Cancer?
Vaping refers to the use of an e-cigarette or other vaping device to inhale substances, including nicotine and/or cannabidiol (CBD) oil or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which are found in cannabis.
It is not known whether vaping causes lung cancer. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in December 2019 that it was investigating 2,561 lung injury cases associated with e-cigarettes or vaping.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with a lung disease or suffered from a pulmonary injury due to vaping, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. The attorneys at Wallace & Graham, P.A. in Salisbury, North Carolina, represent clients statewide and nationally in vaping injury cases. Clients may recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, future medical care, and pain and suffering.
Many Questions Remain Unanswered
According to the CDC, no single product or substance has been linked to the outbreak of lung injuries that appear to be directly related to the use of vaping products, but recent findings show some substances are closely related. JUUL is one brand of e-cigarette that has received a significant amount of media coverage as more lung injury cases have been reported.
One aspect that is complicating the CDC investigation into lung injuries resulting from vaping is that many users do not know what is in the e-cigarette or e-liquid solutions they are inhaling. Substances can be obtained from retail shops, online suppliers, so-called black-market suppliers (street sellers) or other users.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require e-cigarette manufacturers to stop using potentially harmful substances. Also, it is difficult to know what chemicals are in an e-cigarette because manufacturers are not required to list all of the harmful or potentially harmful substances contained in them. In fact, some products are labeled incorrectly.
What Is Known
The American Cancer Society reports that the e-liquid in all JUULs and most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the same addictive drug that is found in regular cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. The American Cancer Society also reports that JUUL brand e-cigarettes have a significantly higher amount of nicotine per puff than many other types of e-cigarettes.
Recent data supports findings that vitamin E acetate is closely associated with product use-associated lung injury. Vitamin E acetate is an additive in some THC-containing vaping products. It is most often used to dilute expensive THC oil, utilized in THC-containing products purchased online or in the street, rather than from dispensaries.
In 2019, several cases of lung injuries resulting from vaping were severe enough to require hospitalization, and a number of people died from their illness. The CDC recommends that people not use e-cigarettes or vaping products, particularly those containing THC.
We Are Here To Help If You Have Suffered A Lung Injury From Vaping
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