E-Cigaretts became available about 10 years ago. They were marketed to consumers as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. Since then, e-cigs have been exposed as potential health hazards.
E-Cigarettes Are Potential Health Hazards
E-cigs come in a wide variety of flavors. The flavor package partly consists of unhealthy ingredients, including humectants and nicotine solution. Humectants help retain moisture and produce a vapor that the consumer or smoker inhales. They have been shown to cause upper respiratory problems and eye irritation. Heating humectants via the e-cig device can also create carcinogenic compounds. As we know, Nicotine itself can adversely affect heart rate, blood pressure, appetite, memory, alertness, and unborn babies, and depression.
E-Cigarettes have also been known to explode, become projectiles, and injure unsuspecting users (and passersby). An e-cig is powered by a small lithium-ion battery, which packs a lot of energy but can be volatile. Sometimes there is a problem with the coil, which produces the heat necessary for vaping.
The e-cig industry had been unregulated until 2016, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stepped in. From that point, a two-year clock began ticking for manufacturers of e-cig products to submit a new tobacco product application (under which e-cigs are covered). It may take the FDA an additional year to review the application. The goal is to better inform and protect consumers, and hopefully prevent young people from getting hooked on e-cig products.
You Need an Attorney
If you have been injured by an e-cigarette or exposed to hazardous chemicals resulting in injuries or death, you need professional representation by an attorney with the experience necessary to win your case. You need a lawyer who you can have full confidence in. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.