Smokers across the country have started turning to vape and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as alternatives to tobacco. But many health officials are beginning to raise red flags over these new devices. The Centers for Disease Control reports that over 2,000 people have developed a condition called EVALI. EVALI stands for e-cigarette or vaping, product use associated with lung injury. There have also been at least seven deaths connected to vaping injury. And in some cases, fires and explosions have even been linked to vaping and e-cigarette devices.
Many of the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes are still unknown. But as incidents are being studied, officials have been able to determine the causes of at least some of them. The CDC announced on November 8 that vitamin E acetate, a chemical compound, may be responsible for some illnesses. You deserve to know your rights if you or a loved one have been hurt by vaping and e-cigarette devices.
To understand the risks, it’s important to know how vaping works. It primarily involves the use of a liquid called vape juice. Vape juice is heated in a vaping or e-cigarette device, which in turn creates an aerosol or heated vapor. This vapor is then inhaled and exhaled in a form that resembles a cloud.
Vape juice comes in numerous flavors, and there are many different types of vaping and e-cigarette devices. The juices usually contain many different chemical substances, along with nicotine. There are also marijuana-infused juices that some users vape. Some people use CBD oil.
Middle and high school students have especially picked up the vaping habit. Observers have criticized the industry for marketing flavors such as cotton candy, which are believed to be targeted at children. The industry’s practices have therefore been likened to those of tobacco companies in the 90s. In September 2019, New York responded to these actions by banning most flavored vape juices and e-cigarettes.
Other states may adopt their own legislative responses to these practices. There are calls for more regulations and rules to protect users’ safety. But the industry is still relatively new, and evolving, so it may take legal action to compel change. Our firm is investigating these cases and asking injured vape and e-cigarette users to contact us. Some of the health risks that may be linked to these devices are:
- Exposure to dangerous chemical compounds and additives
- Nicotine addiction
- Lung damage (including a condition known as popcorn lung)
- Respiratory problems
- Cardiovascular and heart problems
- Aggravation of existing conditions, such as asthma
Some users have also been burned by exploding vape and e-cigarette devices. At least two people have died, according to media reports. Fires and burns caused by defective devices could lead to painful injuries and scarring. Malfunctioning vape batteries and chargers could be the sources of these incidents.
When companies put products on the market, they are obligated to take reasonable steps to warn consumers of known risks. If they don’t, and someone is injured because of a defective or dangerous product, the company may be liable. Critics have alleged that vaping companies have failed to provide adequate safety warnings. That’s where we come in.
Dalimonte Rueb Stoller is investigating claims of injuries and illnesses caused by vaping and e-cigarettes. If you or a loved one have been hurt by these products, our mass tort attorneys want to hear from you.
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Lawsuits involving defective and dangerous products are complicated. But they can help provide a measure of relief to an injured victim. Let our experienced team talk with you about your legal options. We will fight for the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.