Many people saw vaping, or the use of e-cigarettes, as the “safer” alternative to smoking. If you were one of those people, you may have used e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking. But as more people develop lung illnesses from vaping, they have questions about the health and safety of vaping. At Mueller Law Firm, we are at the forefront of vaping and e-cigarette litigation. We receive questions from clients about the safety of vaping and the vape pens, including some of the following:
If you claim to be a nonsmoker to receive a discount on your health insurance, and later develop a lung issue, your insurance company may try to drop your coverage. This has happened to smokers in the past, but the question now is whether it will happen to vapers.
Two lung illnesses that researchers are linking to vaping include popcorn lung and white lung. Popcorn lung is the nickname for a condition that damages the smallest airways in the lungs. White lung, also called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), is caused by breathing in chemical irritants.
Though vaping was once thought to be a safe way to quit smoking, new lung illnesses and burns are challenging this assumption. Smoking has many known long-term effects, but research keeps uncovering immediate health threats from vape pens.
Treatments for lung illnesses from vaping are still emerging. Doctors are constantly finding new ways to treat individual symptoms from these lung illnesses but are yet to find a cure.
Insurance companies may try to deny coverage to property damage caused by an exploding vape pen, whether it happens in your car or in your house. Insurance policies can be confusing, but Mueller Law Firm can help you understand your rights and figure out whom to approach to pursue for damages.
Can E-Cigarette Batteries Cause Your Clothes to Catch on Fire?
In many cases, the answer is “Yes.” Exploding e-cigarette batteries can also cause burns that require skin graft and leave terrible scars. E-cigarette batteries are exploding in customers’ pockets and causing horrific third-degree burns.
The batteries can short circuit when they come into contact with metal, such as keys, coins, etc. Many of these batteries are of poor quality and made in China. Major e-cigarette battery makers, LG and Sony, have now written to distributors and telling them that 18650 batteries were never intended for e-cigs and should not be sold to individual consumers. Retail stores must stop selling them and should do a much better job of educating customers on the hazards associated with the products they sell.