As the risks associated with e-cigarettes and other vaping devices come to light, the federal government has reportedly begun working on a guidance document that would lead to a ban of all non-tobacco “flavored” vape flavors. According to multiple reports, electronic cigarettes and vaping devices have been linked to approximately a half-dozen deaths and investigators are looking into to hundreds of cases of “potential vaping-related” lung illnesses across 33 U.S. states.
If you or a loved one used any kind of electronic vaping device and suffered serious injury as a result, you may be eligible to seek compensation with the help of a product liability attorney. For more information, contact Attorney Group today. We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
E-Cigarette Use Among Teens in U.S. Continues to Rise
Vaping products typically contain fewer toxic substances than conventional cigarettes and tobacco products and are often marketed as a safer alternative. Many vaping “liquids,” however, contain a high level of nicotine, a highly addictive chemical stimulant found in tobacco plants. In some cases, vaping cigarettes contain as much nicotine as one pack of cigarettes.
The use of e-cigarettes has risen amongst teens over the past few years, and many of them have no idea the risks associated with the devices. According to a statement from Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “kids are trying these products and liking them without even knowing they contain nicotine,” which can potentially lead to years of addiction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also notes that nicotine can be especially harmful to the developing adolescent brain, particularly those that control attention, learning, mood and impulse control.
The long-term effects of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices remain unclear, and some of the ingredients in e-cigarette “vapor” could have serious long-term health effects. Likewise, there is evidence that the use of such devices by young people may lead to conventional smoking in the future.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Product makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a product maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by the fault of others may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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If you or a loved one used any type of e-cigarette or vaping device and suffered injury, including nicotine addiction, contact Attorney Group to learn about your options.
We offer free, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.