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The Dangers of Vape Pens and E-Cigarettes

February 6, 2019

From related illnesses to serious injuries and even death, e-cigarettes or vape pens have been linked to different threats to the consumers’ well-being. The latest example of tragedy related to vaping is the death of a young Texas man in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Last week, William Brown, a 24-year-old Texan, died when his vape pen exploded resulting in the tearing of this carotid artery. Brown was in the car with his grandmother at the time of the incident. “He popped it and it exploded, and that’s when it shot across his mouth,” Alice Brown, the grandmother, said in an interview.

According to reports, Brown died when the device’s battery malfunctioned, melting bits of plastic from the car to the vape pen. This pen then launched debris into his face and neck. Brown was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital. He died two days later.

According to Brown’s grandmother, the x-rays showed the stem, the metal embedded in where the blood flows up to the brain.

Exploding Vape Pens a Growing Issue

This is not the only accident resulting in the wrongful death by a vape pen. In 2018, a 38-year-old Florida man, incurred several facial injuries when he was killed by an exploding e-cigarette. The medical examiner listed his cause of death as a “projectile wound of the head,” that left around 80% of his body burned, the Star-Telegram reports.

In 2017, the U.S. Fire Administration reported 133 acute injuries from e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and other similar devices were reported between 2009 and 2016.

Electronic cigarettes have been available in the U.S. since about 2007, and have grown into a $6.6 billion-a-year industry, and vaping has been dubbed safer than cigarette smoking. However, there are almost no research studies on the effects of long-term use of the chemicals used in the vapor, some of which are toxic.

For example, a chemical found in the popcorn flavor has been linked with lung disease. The chemical is called diacetyl. While it is safe to consume in food, it is harmful when inhaled, as it prevents the cilia in the airways from working properly. Cilia are the tiny hairs that keep mucus and dirt out of our airways. Another chemical found in these products is 2,3-pentanedione which is used to make beer and caramel. However, when it is inhaled, it has similar effects as diacetyl.

In a study conducted by Harvard, scientists they found that even low doses of both chemicals destroyed the cilia, and they suggest that the current standards for safe limits are too low for people who work with them. “There aren’t actually any standards for e-cigarette users,” the report’s authors say. This finding raises the question of which chemicals are being added to the electronic cigarettes, and how toxic are they?

What Can Be Done to Prevent Vape Pen Explosions?

As for the chances of encountering an explosive vape pen, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a webpage with safety tips to avoid the dangers of an exploding vape pen. Such tips include never charging a vape with a phone charger, keeping loose batteries in a case avoiding contact with metal objects, and never charging a vape overnight.

Additionally, the FDA website has a special feature to report incidents with e-cigarettes that start fires or explode.

It is important to understand the manufacturers of these products have a responsibility to society to create and provide products that are safe to the public from safe chemicals to fully-functioning batteries.

To ensure the well-being of your loved ones, you should research the goods and products you buy. Companies may be held liable for injuries or deaths caused by a product that was improperly manufactured.

Contact a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer for Help

Enforcement of manufacturers’ legal accountability to consumers helps make safer products. With manufacturers placing questionable goods on the market, the complexity of product liability lawsuits has grown. Alex Begum and The Law Giant legal team are experienced in dealing with cases like these, and they are prepared to help you.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective or malfunctioning product, the offices of Alex Begum will make sure you are compensated for all pain and suffering caused by poorly manufactured products that have endangered your well-being. To schedule a free consultation with a product liability lawyer, contact Begum Law Group at (866) 523-4167, or reach out via the online form.

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