Some E-Cigs May Contain Chemicals That Can Destroy Lungs

An e-cigarette attorney notes a study that suggests some e-cigarettes contain a chemical that can cause degenerative and irreversible damage to lungs. The chemical, known as diacetyl, together with cancer-causing chemicals such as formaldehyde, and highly addictive nicotine, often make up part of the ingredients in e-cigarettes that can be still purchased by 16 million children in U.S. states where e-cigarettes can be sold legally to minors.

If you or a loved one are an e-cigarette user and have suffered lung damage, contact Attorney Group today. We offer free, confidential consultations and can help answer your questions. If you choose to pursue a claim for compensation, we can connect you with an affiliated product liability attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.

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Formaldehyde, Nicotine and Diacetyl: E-Cig Triple Danger?

According to, the study suggested that 75 percent of the 51 flavored liquids used in e-cigarettes contained diacetyl and two other dangerous compounds. Diacetyl, used in e-cigarettes for flavor, has been linked to bronchitis obliterans, a degenerative and often irreversible respiratory condition that can require a lung transplant. Bronchitis obliterans is also known as “popcorn lung” based on its prevalence in certain microwave popcorn-making facilities.

A Harvard professor who co-authored a paper on the study is troubled by the results, stating:

“In addition to containing varying levels of the addictive substance nicotine, they also contain other cancer-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, and as our study shows, flavoring chemicals that can cause lung damage.”

Over 16 million children live in states where they can buy e-cigarettes legally. This may change soon however as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering regulating e-cigarettes like tobacco products. The study was published in December 2015 and funded by the National Institute of Health, the website reported.

Injured Parties May Be Entitled to Compensation

Manufacturers have a duty to make products that are safe and free of defects. If this duty is breached, people injured as a result of the defect or unreasonable danger may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and suffering

If an unsafe product kills a person, family members may be eligible to seek compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:

  • Medical expenses incurred prior to death
  • Loss of the deceased person’s economic support
  • Mental anguish caused by the loss of a loved one
  • Funeral expenses

People injured, or the family members of those killed, by a dangerous product are encouraged to seek legal counsel to determine their rights to compensation.

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