Electronic cigarettes have exploded in popularity over the last decade. The World Health Organization says that the number of people who vape increased from seven million in 2011 to over 41 million in 2018. These devices were originally marketed as convenient alternatives for people who wanted to quit smoking regular cigarettes but have since been marketed to a wider audience, including younger children. These products pose serious health risks to the public. These products have been known to cause serious lung illnesses and can be an explosion risk. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our product liability attorneys in Pittsburgh are here to help if you or a loved one have become ill or been injured after vaping an e-cigarette.
There are dozens of popular e-cigarette brands on the market, but some of the most popular vaping devices are:
Some of the most well-known manufacturers behind these brands include:
Johns Hopkins researchers say that there is no way to know whether vaping is safer than traditional cigarettes, as these companies have claimed. Researchers say that we are not sure exactly what chemicals are in e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are just as addictive as traditional cigarettes, and researchers say that 40% of young users were never smokers before using e-cigarettes.
Recently, e-cigarettes have been linked to serious lung disease, though medical professionals are not sure exactly what substances (or combination of substances) are causing the disease.
Electronic cigarettes use batteries to heat the nicotine solution, and these batteries have been known to overheat and cause serious injuries to people’s legs, torsos, arms, and face. They have started fires, and they have exploded.
These companies are not yet regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), though they must submit their products for approval in 2020 if they want to continue to sell them. These products are facing increased scrutiny, though they are still not officially approved by any US government regulatory agency.
If you or someone you care about has been injured or become ill due to vaping e-cigarettes, you should seek legal assistance immediately. All across the country, class-action lawsuits have been filed against the makers of e-cigarettes, claiming these companies have misled consumers about the risks of using their products.
At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we are ready to investigate your case in order to secure the following: