The explosion in popularity of e-cigarettes over the last few years has caught many people by surprise, and there has previously not been much said about the dangers of the products. That has changed. Now, vaping-related illnesses are rising across the country, with many people dying due to lung disease. At Allegiance Law, our knowledgeable and experienced product liability attorney is ready to help if you or a loved one have been injured or become ill. When you need a San Francisco vaping or e-cigarette attorney, we will work to secure the compensation you deserve.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that there is a rising number of confirmed lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarettes. These vape-related illnesses have been reported in 49 states, DC, and 1 US territory so far. Over three dozen people have lost their lives due to vape-related illnesses (as of this writing), and that number is expected to rise. The youngest victim in these deaths was 17 years old.
The US Food and Drug Administration and the CDC, along with thousands of healthcare professionals, are working to uncover what makes these products so dangerous. In many of the illness cases reported, symptoms have included:
There are many brands of e-cigarette on the market, but some of the more well-known include JUUL Labs and Blu E-Cigs. Other popular brands sold in retailers include:
From 2017 to 2018, there was a 78% increase in vape-related product use among high school students and a 48% increase among middle school students. The acting director of the FDA has said that companies have ignored the law and made attempts to target youth through social media and other ad campaigns. Their use of flavored products is particularly alluring for younger children.
The concentration of nicotine in these products is very high, up to 5% or more in some cases. This can hinder a younger person’s brain development and nerve functioning and increase their risk of other diseases.
If you or someone you love has become ill or been injured after using an e-cigarette or vaping product, you may be entitled to compensation. At Allegiance Law, our qualified and experienced team is ready to investigate your claims and work to secure the compensation you deserve for this. That can include: