Popcorn Lung

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Bronchiolitis obliterans which was linked to the consumption of microwave popcorn, for which several manufacturers of microwave popcorn have settled out of court
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In popcorn lung, the tiny air sacs in the lungs become scarred, resulting in the thickening and narrowing of the airways, the American Lung Association explained.
As diacetyl-related popcorn lung litigation continues, diacetyl-related liability and insurance coverage may be approaching a new battleground: e-cigarettes.
"Popcorn Lung" is a term used to describe bronchiolitis obliterans, which is an irreversible obstructive lung disease characterized by an inflammatory blockage of the bronchioles-the tiniest and narrowest airways in the lungs.
A US study linked diacetyl to "popcorn lung" - which causes breathlessness and coughing and can require a transplant.
The disease is now often referred to as "popcorn lung." In testing the 51 e-cigarettes, researchers found diacetyl in 39, including in e-cigarette flavors that might especially appeal to young people.
"Popcorn lung" is an irreversible scarring of the smallest airways in the lungs.
Read more InsideCounsel coverage of disease-based lawsuits: Plaintiff wins $7.2 million in popcorn lung suit Chinese drywall maker to face U.S.
federal court awarded Watson $7.2 million in his suit against a popcorn maker and supermarket after he developed "popcorn lung" as a result of his daily consumption of the microwavable snack.
He had developed a respiratory illness known as popcorn lung. Just how many bags of popcorn had he eaten?
Watson said: "The makers did absolutely no testing whatsoever." Several workers in the US have been awarded damages since the first "popcorn lung" lawsuit in 2004.
Unusual though Watson's case may sound, jurors agreed that his symptoms were consistent with a real condition known as "popcorn lung."