Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Vaping, the popular term for using e-cigarettes, has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. This is largely due to the perception that vaping is safe, or at least safer than using traditional tobacco products. Unfortunately, we are now coming to understand that vaping and e-cigs pose definite health risks, even if those risks aren’t yet fully understood. One such risk is the potential for nicotine addiction.
The Ohio defective product lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick represent people suffering from illnesses or injuries caused by unsafe products. We know how to hold corporations liable for your injuries, and will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation of your case, contact us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW.
E-Cigarettes Contain Nicotine
A key ingredient in e-cigarette products is nicotine. This is in addition to several other harmful chemicals that potentially cause lung disease and other illnesses. However, it is nicotine that has caused e-cigs to become so popular. It is possible to buy liquid or pod refills that do not contain nicotine, but they are much harder to find. Nicotine-based liquids and pod refills are far more popular.
Nicotine is Addictive
Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical, which is why people have such a hard time quitting smoking. When nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream, it makes its way to the pleasure center of the brain, where it causes a brief rush of endorphins. This results in a momentary pleasurable feeling, causing the smoker to continue smoking in order to recapture the euphoric feeling.
E-cigarettes are no different from regular tobacco products in that they deliver nicotine to the body and cause a pleasurable feeling. However, some e-cigarettes deliver nicotine up to 2.7 times faster than other products and can contain anywhere from two to 10 times the concentration of nicotine.
Nicotine Addiction Among Young People
A problem for today’s youth is that so many young men and women are growing addicted to nicotine. Millions of teens and young adults regularly use e-cigarettes. While nicotine addiction is a problem for anyone, it poses specific risks for younger individuals.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nicotine can harm the development of the brain, which grows up until about age 25. Nicotine can harm the parts of the brain that control learning, mood, attention, and impulse control. Young people are also more prone to addiction because they form synapses more quickly than older individuals, leading to more powerful connections that lead to long-term addiction. Young people who are addicted to nicotine are also at risk for addiction to other drugs in the future.
Other Potential Health Risks In Addition to Nicotine Addiction
Of course, nicotine addiction is only one of the possible health problems that e-cigarette users face. Issues e-cig users could face include:
- Lung disease
- Injuries to the face and mouth due to exploding e-cigarettes
- Nicotine overdoses or nicotine poisoning
- Pregnancy complications
E-cigarettes are unfortunately considered by many people to be safe. As we learn more, however, we are finding that these products are not as safe than we thought.
Contact KNR Today for Help With Your E-Cigarette Case
While the vaping industry continues to resist regulation, the defective product attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are prepared to hold them accountable for the injuries and illnesses caused by their devices. We represent clients across the state of Ohio to help them get the compensation they deserve. If you’re suffering from an illness or injury caused by an e-cigarette, we can help you understand your options.