Bronchiolitis obliterans, more commonly known as popcorn lung, is linked to the inhalation of diacetyl, a flavoring agent used in microwave popcorn. Sadly, despite this being common knowledge for at least a decade, the manufacturers of e-cigarette liquid – colloquially known as “juice” – have been using this agent to flavor their products for years. The problem is so pervasive that a recent study conducted at Harvard found that 75% of e-cigarette liquids contained this dangerous additive. Tragically, popcorn lung is an irreversible and incurable disease, and those who contract it may well suffer fatal consequences.
If you have used e-cigarettes and have begun to notice symptoms of bronchiolitis obliterans such as chronic coughing, night sweats, fever, or weight loss, taking action immediately is imperative. These symptoms may appear similar to COPD and asthma, but popcorn lung is more dangerous than both and needs to be addressed by a healthcare professional right away.
How can corporations knowingly use a product that has been linked to deadly diseases while marketing their goods as a “safer alternative” to cigarettes? And what rights do victims of these deceptive marketing campaigns have? The best way to learn about your rights and options is by contacting the Law Offices of Van Dorn and Curtiss and scheduling a free consultation with our New Hampshire product liability attorneys today.