EVALI (e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury) is currently a hot topic and, in light of a new study on lung disease and vape pen use, it deserves to remain so. According to the study, conducted over a three-year period at the UC San Francisco, people who vape, both tobacco and THC, are 1.3-times more likely to develop lung disease.
Analyzing data from 32,320 participants, this study found that, while vaping is still significantly less dangerous than traditional cigarettes, it poses increased risks for people who take the habit up – risks that include lung disease, heart attack and stroke, and even death. Tragically, many of the victims of EVALI are teens. Vape pens like JUUL were aggressively marketed to teenagers on social media and through online campaigns. Not only is this unethical, but it is also illegal, and if your teen has sustained an injury as a result of deceptive and targeted e-cigarette ads, you may have cause to file suit and seek compensation for your damages.
Do You Have a Case?
If you or your teen have developed lung disease after using a JUUL or a vape pen, you may be entitled to seek compensation for all related medical expenses, any wages lost due to the disease, and personal pain and suffering. The best way to learn if you have cause to file suit is through a free consultation at the Chattanooga office of Herbert Thornbury.
What if I Was Vaping Marijuana?
If your vape pen malfunctioned and caused injury or if you develop EVALI after using a pen, you may be eligible to take legal action even if you were using an illegal substance like THC. However, because marijuana is illegal both in Tennessee and on the federal level, there may be additional considerations in these cases.
During your free case review, Mr. Thornbury will carefully listen to the events leading up to your injury and how your injury has impacted your life since it occurred. This will enable him to give you honest and frank information about your rights, your options, and the best way to move forward with your claim.
Am I Safe if I Quit?
Studies on vape pen illnesses are new enough that long-term impacts are still unknown, including how much of a reduction in risk can be accomplished by quitting. However, as with cigarettes, the damage is cumulative. Quitting now may greatly reduce your risks of developing EVALI.
Hamilton County offers a number of tobacco cessation programs. If you are struggling with addiction, reach out for help.
If you have suffered injury or developed lung disease after using a vape pen, call Herbert Thornbury at 423-752-0544 to schedule a consultation at our Chattanooga office today. Mr. Thornbury handles JUUL and vaping illness cases involving men, women, and teens in Tennessee and surrounding areas of Georgia.