E-cigarettes are a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes. Many people use these devices because they are perceived to be safer than cigarettes. But how safe are they?
Todd Walburg, attorney at Cutter Law P.C., recently published an article in the summer 2017 edition of The Verdict. The Verdict is published by the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association.
In his article, The E-Cigarette Disaster, Walburg discusses the many dangers of e-cigarettes. The three main risks associated with e-cigarette use are:
- Exploding batteries
- Nicotine poisoning
- Lung disease caused by chemicals in nicotine juice
Most e-cigarettes contain a lithium-ion battery. When pressure builds up in an e-cigarette, an explosion can occur.
Increased pressure in an e-cigarette is usually caused by overheating the device. Overcharging the device is one cause of overheating.
E-cig explosions can cause serious burns and other injuries. Some explosions occur when the device is being used, so serious injuries to the face can occur.
Many people choose e-cigarettes because they offer a way to get a nicotine fix without smoking a cigarette. However, when users come in contact with nicotine in e-cigs, they are at risk for nicotine poisoning.
There have also been reported cases of children drinking colorful nicotine liquid.
Nicotine poisoning can cause vomiting, dizziness, and nausea. In serious cases, it can cause seizures, paralysis, slowing heart rate – and even death.
The long-term effects of e-cigarette use are poorly understood. The FDA has performed tests on these devices, determining that they contain heavy metals, controversial flavoring chemicals, carcinogens and other harmful ingredients – in addition to the nicotine itself.
Exposure to one of these chemicals has been shown harmful in the past. Diacetyl is a compound that is used in creating artificial butter flavoring. Many factor workers who were exposed to diacetyl developed a respiratory condition that is now known as “Popcorn Lung”.
Free consultation: Individuals who have been injured by an e-cigarette explosion may be eligible for compensation. Call Cutter Law P.C. at 888-285-3333.