Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
The e-cigarette industry in crisis. As the media continues to report on injuries and illnesses caused by these products, the states have begun to restrict sales and even impose some bans. Meanwhile, the federal government has begun to consider tighter regulations on the industry. All signs indicate that e-cigs, once marketed to people as a safe alternative to regular cigarettes, are actually quite dangerous.
If you’ve suffered an illness or an injury that you believe to be caused by e-cigarette use, you may be entitled to compensation. This industry should disclose potential risks and ensure that their products are safe to use. If they have failed to do so, they should be held accountable. The Ohio defective product attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick fight for those injured by dangerous products, and we are ready to help you.
People tend to overlook the fact that most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. In fact, it has been reported that e-cigarettes deliver more nicotine to the body than conventional cigarettes. As a result, many e-cigarette users become addicted rather quickly.
The adverse health effects of nicotine addiction are well-documented. Nicotine has serious side effects on the heart, lungs, kidneys, and reproductive system, and it is believed to be carcinogenic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released some troubling information about the rise of lung illnesses seen among e-cigarette users. They are reporting that there are 380 cases of lung illnesses across the United States, with six confirmed deaths. While researchers have yet to identify the cause of the illnesses, it is believed that chemical exposure is to blame.
In addition to nicotine, e-cigarettes contain the following potentially harmful chemicals:
- Formaldehyde – This is a potential carcinogen used in building products.
- Acrolein – This is a chemical used in herbicide that can cause damage to the lungs.
- Acetaldehyde – This is used as a flavoring agent in e-cigarettes that can irritate the respiratory tract.
- Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin – These are two principal ingredients used in e-cigarettes that may be toxic to lung cells.
Given the lack of regulation and the relative newness of these devices, it is difficult for users to know exactly what substances their e-cigarettes contain.
The media has reported on several cases where e-cigarettes have exploded, causing serious injuries and even death to consumers. While the industry is quick to note that these cases are rare, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken them seriously enough to release a statement.
Dangers for Pregnant Women
The CDC has advised that e-cigarettes are not safe for pregnant women to use. The nicotine in these products is also toxic to developing fetuses. In fact, it can damage the baby’s brain and lungs. Some of the other chemicals used in e-cigs can also cause harm to a growing baby.
Dangers for Teens
The CDC also reports that e-cigarettes are not safe for children, teens, or young adults. The reason is that nicotine can harm the growing brain, which is not fully developed until people have entered their early to mid-twenties. They also report that kids who use e-cigarettes are statistically more likely to use conventional cigarettes and other drugs in the future.
In April of this year, the FDA announced that it was launching an investigation after dozens of people suffered seizures after using e-cigarettes. Following its announcement, numerous more cases were reported to the FDA. While the FDA has not yet established a link between e-cigarette use and seizure risks, it has encouraged people to continue to submit reports.
Hurt By an E-Cigarette? Contact KNR Today
The product liability attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have been helping people injured by dangerous products for years. We use our experience and passion to help our clients get the compensation they need to make a full recovery. If you’ve suffered an injury or are sick as the result of an e-cigarette, we can help. Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or send us a message through the online form to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.