Electronic Cigarette Lawsuits
Electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as e-cigarettes or vaporizer cigarettes, are electronic devices that release a vaporized liquid solution upon inhalation. Although they are often marketed as a safe alternative to cigarettes, they are not safe at all. They can be extremely dangerous to your health. E-cigarette smoking is a health crisis in the making. The Food and Drug Administration has found that different brands of e-cigarettes contain carcinogens and dangerous chemicals. Certain brands contain nicotine, a very addictive substance. Packaging may state falsely that the e-cigarette does not contain nicotine. Many e-cigarettes have delicious flavors like watermelon, cotton candy, and cookies and cream, and can entice children and others to smoke.
The first generation e-cigarette did not have warning labels. Many people who smoked did not recognize the health risks associated with the e-cigarette. If you have smoked e-cigarettes and have cancer or lung disease, or if you smoked e-cigarettes while pregnant and your child was born with birth defects, you may be entitled to compensation.
A Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik developed e-cigarettes in 2003. E-cigarettes were introduced to American consumers in 2006. Although many e-cigarette companies advertise e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated in September 2008 that it does not view e-cigarettes as a legitimate aid to quit smoking. In fact, research shows how e-cigarettes are a gateway to traditional cigarettes – in other words, some people who have never smoked traditional cigarettes begin smoking after experimenting with e-cigarettes.
Companies often hide the dangerous ingredients that are in e-cigarettes. Tests have shown that the amount of nicotine listed on a cartridge label may be different than the amount actually in the e-cigarette. In fact, lab tests show nicotine-free cartridges still contain low doses of nicotine.
People who use e-cigarettes can develop many problems including:
- Respiratory problems
- Chronic cough
- Trouble breathing
- Sore throat
- Nose bleeds
- Chest pain
- Congestive heart failure
- Allergic reactions
Teenagers have increasingly begun to smoke e-cigarettes. Up to 10% of high school students in the US used e-cigarettes in 2012. The numbers are increasing every year. In 2014, the National Institute of Health released a study which indicated that almost 9% of 8th graders, 16% of 10th graders, and 17% of high school seniors had smoked e-cigarettes. Many teens who have never smoked traditional cigarettes have used e-cigarettes. Astonishingly, ten states allow the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
If you have been injured by smoking e-cigarettes, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call our law firm at 713-917-0024 or toll-free at 855-350-2512 so that our attorneys can assess your claim.
If you think you might have a case, call us today.