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Using Juul Vaporizers May Lead to Respiratory Problems in the Long Run

Posted on 29th September, 2020

by Legal Staff

Designed with adult smokers in mind, Juul vaporizers are devices similar to a cigarette that activates when you draw from it. Unlike vape pens, they do not have a battery, a liquid reservoir or a hearing coil.

Juul vaporizers account for approximately 40% of the e-cigarette market at the moment, which means that they are very popular, including among children and teenagers.

Contrary to popular belief, using a Juul vaporizer is not safer than smoking classic cigarettes, as they contain, in addition to nicotine, toxic chemicals such as carbonyl compounds and volatile organic compounds.

Both of these groups of toxic agents were deemed probable human carcinogens by national and international health agencies. Furthermore, Juul vaporizers also contain glycol and glycerin, which are serious irritants of the lungs.

They can easily cause irritation of the mouth and throat and subsequently trigger coughing. It is very common for people who use Juul vaporizers to have a chronic cough as a result of the dangerous substances present in these products.

The immediate side-effects of smoking from a Juul vaporizer include:

  • coughing
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • sore throat

While these symptoms may alleviate over time if you continue to use a Juul vaporizer, they are still worthy of note and may eventually lead to serious respiratory problems. The product was introduced on the market in 2015 and since then, numerous claims have been filed for respiratory conditions, as well as for other health problems, with the manufacturer, Juul Labs Inc.

While tobacco use in the standard form has been declining over recent years, the rise of e-cigarettes is undeniable. Alarmingly, numerous teenagers use THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that gives the user a sensation of high, in Juul vaporizers, which does just as much harm to the lungs as nicotine.

The symptoms of a respiratory condition triggered by the use of Juul vaporizers or by other type of e-cigarette are the following:

  • abdominal pain
  • chest pain
  • diarrhea
  • a persisting cough
  • fatigue
  • vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • fever
  • nausea

What Respiratory Problems Can You Develop If You Use a Juul Vaporizer?

Among the numerous ingredients in Juul vaporizers there are also formaldehyde, heavy metals such as lead and diacetyl.The latter has been associated with a serious respiratory condition known as popcorn lungs, which is irreversible.

Medically known as bronchiolitis obliterans, popcorn lungs is a very serious respiratory condition that entails severe damage to the small airways of the lungs.People who have this condition experience coughing and shortness of breath on a daily basis.

While currently there is no cure for popcorn lungs, the symptoms of the condition can be successfully kept under control with the right treatment. Usually, the treatment of popcorn lungs includes corticosteroids and immunosuppressant therapy.

Nevertheless, in addition to popcorn lungs, there are numerous other respiratory conditions you may come to struggle with as a consequence of using a Juul vaporizer, such as lipoid pneumonia.Unlike regular pneumonia, this condition develops when fatty acids enter the lungs.

Because vaping involves the inhalation of heated oily substances, lipoid pneumonia may occur over the years in people who regularly use Juul vaporizers. The symptoms of lipoid pneumonia include:

  • a lingering cough
  • shortness of breath
  • coughing up blood
  • difficulty breathing
  • night sweats
  • chest pain
  • fever
  • unexplained weight loss
  • difficulty swallowing

Another respiratory condition that using Juul vaporizers may result in is primary spontaneous pneumothorax, also known as a collapsed lung. It develops when there is a hole in the lung tissue through which oxygen escapes, instead of reaching the bloodstream.

Primary spontaneous pneumothorax usually occurs when thin and tall people develop air blisters on the top of the lungs, as their growth was very rapid during adolescence. When vaping is added to the mix, these air blisters may eventually rupture, which results in a collapsed lung. Some of the symptoms of primary spontaneous pneumothorax are:

  • sharp chest pain
  • difficulty breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • rapid heart rate
  • chest tightness
  • a dry cough
  • fatigue
  • a bluish skin color
  • sharp pain in the shoulders

EVALI, the Most Serious Lung Disease Juul Vaporizers Can Lead To

The acronym for e-cigarette or vaping product use associated with lung injury, EVALI is the most serious respiratory disease using Juul vaporizers can cause. The term was coined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Apparently, there is a link between vitamin E acetate in vaping fluids and lung injury. It is worthy of note that the majority of people who end up struggling with EVALI had been vaping THC.

Nonetheless, there are cases when people develop this condition in the absence of THC, just from the use of regular Juul vaporizers. The symptoms of EVALI, which often resemble those of the flu or other respiratory or digestive conditions, are the following:

  • difficulty breathing
  • chest tightness
  • a lingering cough
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea and vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • chills

Can Juul Vaporizers Cause Lung Cancer?

Since there are a lot of chemicals in Juul vaporizers, lung cancer is a real concern. However, because the product is relatively new, additional research in the respect needs to be conducted for a definitive causal relation.

However, there are some medical studies suggesting a correlation between vaping and lung cancer. In research involving animal testing, a significant number of the mice that were constantly exposed to the substances in Juul vaporizers eventually developed lung cancer.

Animal studies designed to mimic human exposure to vaping revealed that vape aerosol causes damage to cells within several months. The damage suggests that DNA is being injured, which, over time, it is believed that it may lead to cancer.

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health that was conducted on mice was published in 2019. The amount of smoke the mice were exposed to was similar to a person who has vaped for 3 to 6 years. It found that that e-cigarette vapor caused considerable DNA damage in the lungs and bladders of the mice and that it "inhibits DNA repair in lung tissues".

Out of the 40 mice that were exposed to e-cigarette vapor with nicotine over a period of 54 weeks, nearly 23% developed lung cancer and approximately 57% percent developed precancerous lesions on the bladder. Nevertheless, we have to wait several more years for studies on e-cigarettes such as Juul vaporizers to reach a definitive conclusion with regard to the causal relation between vaping and lung cancer.

If You Were Injured by Juul Vaporizers, You Are Entitled to Compensation

Whether you developed a respiratory condition following the use of a Juul vaporizer or another health problem, such as heart attack or stroke, please contact Atraxia Law for a free of charge case review. Our team of paralegals, who has been helping people for over 35 years, will check your eligibility over the phone, a process that will take approximately 10 minutes.

If you qualify for compensation, will promptly connect you with the most suitable professionals in your area. Eventually, you will receive the maximum financial compensation you are entitled to from the liable company, which will be of tremendous help with your healthcare and treatment. For additional information, do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly answer all your questions.