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EVALI – E-Cigarette & Vaping Product Use Associated Lung Injury

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  October 16, 2019   |  

What is EVALI?

Following hundreds of reported cases and multiple deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has formally named the mysterious illness associated with JUUL and other e-cigarette use (otherwise known as “vaping”). The e-cigarette-related lung illness has been named EVALI, which stands for “e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury.”

EVALI Lung Injury Due to VapingAs of late October 2019, roughly 1,500 EVALI cases had been reported in the United States. More than 30 deaths had been attributed to EVALI in more than 20 states.

80% of EVALI cases reported involve patients less than 35 years old. 70% of affected patients are male.

For more information on the severe lung disease associated with vaping (now known as EVALI), please visit the CDC’s guide to vaping-related lung injury.

Symptoms of EVALI

Those who have contracted e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI) often experience pneumonia-like symptoms, including:

  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

Other symptoms associated with EVALI include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Some patients have been diagnosed with chemical pneumonia caused by vaping, as well.

The CDC advises health care providers to be especially vigilant in screening for EVALI during flu season, as EVALI symptoms can appear similar to symptoms associated with flu.

Is EVALI linked to THC?

According to the CDC, “the specific chemical exposure(s) causing lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, remains unknown at this time.”

While the CDC and FDA have yet to identify any specific product or chemical that causes EVALI, more than 80 percent of lung injuries reported have thus far been associated with products containing THC.

The FDA has issued a warning to consumers to stop any vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or any vaping products bought off the street.

Have you been injured by JUUL or other e-cigarettes?

If you’ve suffered injury (including EVALI) after using JUULs or other e-cigarettes, you may be entitled to compensation and qualify for a potential JUUL lawsuit.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free consultation and case review with one of our experienced product liability lawyers.

JUUL Lawsuit Lawyer for EVALI Injuries - Riddle & BrantleyFor years, JUUL and other manufacturers of e-cigarettes have marketed their products as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco-burning cigarettes, while downplaying increased levels of nicotine.

There is also considerable evidence that e-cigarettes like JUULs may cause cancer.

It is also alleged that e-cigarette manufacturers like JUUL deliberately marketed their products to minors by making their products easy to conceal and offering “fun” flavors like mango and Fruit Loops.

We believe that’s wrong.

If JUUL and other e-cigarette companies deliberately downplayed health risks and knowingly engaged in deceptive marketing, they should be held accountable for contributing to EVALI.

At Riddle & Brantley, our product liability attorneys have been holding negligent companies accountable since 1985. Together, we have nearly 200 years of combined legal experience and would love to help you if we can.

For a FREE consultation regarding a potential JUUL lawsuit, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the short form below.

There is no obligation and if you decide to hire us, there is no upfront cost and no attorney fees unless we win your case.

Call 1-800-525-7111 to speak with an experienced JUUL lawsuit lawyer today.

Companies whose negligence results in injury should face justice. If you’ve used JUULs or other e-cigarettes and suffered EVALI or other injuries, please call us today.

Justice Counts.