When you started vaping, it’s likely you thought it was safe – at least safer than smoking cigarettes. Many people started this habit with the assumption that it was not especially risky, but medical evidence now seems to indicate otherwise. There is now reason to believe that vaping may actually cause long-term damage in the lungs.
Electronic cigarettes and the vaping phenomenon are still relatively new, so medical professionals are still learning about the long-term implications of them. While there is still much to learn about how it can hurt a person’s respiratory system, you may have serious concerns about what it could mean for your personal health. People can vape products with nicotine, and they may also vape marijuana and other substances that could be dangerous. Estimates suggest that over seven million people use e-cigarettes in the United States.
Are you at risk?
There are reports that indicate it is possible to connect vaping with the development of lung diseases. Unfortunately, this is a habit that is especially popular with young adults and teenagers, which likely places very young individuals at risk of a very serious medical condition. Consider the following:
- Across 22 states, about 200 people report they developed severe lung disease after using e-cigarettes on a regular basis.
- It’s not immediately clear how vaping could cause lung disease, but it is possible that contamination is to blame.
- In most cases, users first noticed a small irritation in the lungs through shortness of breath or chest pain.
In order to understand this problem and its potential effect on users, researchers and medical experts will have to continue to study vaping and those who use e-cigarettes well into the future. At this point, it is not certain exactly how vaping could lead to serious medical problems or who is at most risk for developing lung disease.
While there is still a lot to learn about vaping and the potential dangers of e-cigarettes, you don’t have to wait to take action as a concerned consumer. If you believe that a manufacturer misled you regarding the dangers of a product or you suffered harm because of a contaminated consumer product, you have options.
Injured Illinois consumers have the right to seek to hold liable parties accountable for what happened to them. Product liability claims can be complex, which is why you may find it beneficial to reach out for experienced legal guidance as soon as you learn there is a potential problem.