Orlando Personal Injury Lawyers
E-cigarettes, more commonly known as “vapes,” have skyrocketed
in popularity in recent years. Rather than combusting tobacco with a flame,
e-cigarettes vaporize liquid nicotine, or “e-juice,” and emit
only water vapor. First introduced in the early 2000s, they were revamped
in 2007 with new designs, high-capacity lithium ion batteries, and refillable
liquid cartridges in numerous candy-like flavors.
About ten percent of American adults vape as a “safer” alternative
to smoking traditional cigarettes. However, e-cigarettes come with their
own set of risks, and the CDC warns that the overall effects on public
health is still uncertain. E-juice contains a number of toxic chemicals
and known carcinogens, and because of its many appealing flavors, there
is growing concern that e-cigarettes are catering to younger audiences
and a new generation of smokers. Unfortunately, poisonings among children
who get ahold of these enticing flavors are not uncommon.
E-Cigarette Use Linked to “Popcorn Lung”
Harvard researchers warn that most e-juices contain toxic flavoring chemicals
that can lead to the development of lung diseases like
bronchiolitis obliterans, more commonly known as “popcorn lung.” This is a serious
and irreversible condition in which the tiny air sacs in the lungs become
scarred, leading to the chronic cough and shortness of breath characteristic of
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In a 2015 study published in the journal Environmental Health
Perspectives, 47 out of 51 e-juice samples tested positive for toxic chemicals
that may cause severe lung damage over time.
E-Cigarette Explosions Spark National Lawsuits
In the past 10 years, there have been at least 30 cases of e-cigarette
explosions resulting in
serious injury. The lithium ion battery is the culprit behind a string of e-cigarette
explosions that occur during charging or use. E-cigarettes that overheat
or have other battery issues can unexpectedly ignite, causing
serious thermal and/or chemical burns and extensive internal and external bodily harm. Victims require emergency
medical care to treat these potentially life-threatening injuries, which
can be incredibly painful and long-lasting.
Orlando Personal Injury Representation for Vape-Related Injuries
Because e-cigarettes are still unregulated, there are no safety standards
in place and consumers have no way of knowing if their product is safe.
Furthermore, since most e-cigarettes brands come from overseas, cheaply
made products are rampant and are finding their way into the hands of
unsuspecting consumers every day.
Those who manufacture or sell products that they know have the potential
to cause serious injury should be held accountable for their negligence.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an e-cigarette, please request a
free consultation with
an Orlando personal injury lawyer at The Maher Law Firm. You may have a
product liability case and be eligible to pursue compensation for your losses.
To get started, please call our office at (855) 338-0720.