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Unknown long term health risks

Product liability attorneys are closely watching current litigation involving e-cigarettes. The current viewpoint is that e-cigarette lawsuits may resemble tobacco liability. The problem at this point in time is that e-cigarettes are relatively new products with unknown long-term health risks. Electronic cigarettes are a revolutionary smoking device. Instead of combusting tobacco using a flame, e-cigarettes use a battery-powered heating element to vaporize liquid nicotine (or “e-juice”).

Although there are no studies available to prove that e-cigarettes offer users any benefits, e-cigarettes are widely advertised as smoking-cessation aids. In many cases, they are being touted as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. Most of the concern focuses on e-liquid, which is the key ingredient in e-cigarettes. In essence, e-liquids are powerful neurotoxins. When e-liquids are inhaled or absorbed through the skin, they can actually cause vomiting, seizures, and can even be lethal.

e-liquids and children

Just like tobacco, e-liquids are a health concern, and many opponents suggest that the e-cigarette makers are targeting children in much the same way that tobacco companies did with cartoon like advertisements. The American Lung Association and the FDA point out that e-cigarette marketing includes flavors that can be especially attractive to youth. The industry currently markets flavors such as cotton candy, bubble gum, or even the popular kids’ cereal flavor Froot Loops. Beyond the health concerns related to ingesting e-liquid, there is also a workplace safety hazard for people who prepare or sell the products without wearing gloves.

E-Cigarette Side Effects

Nicotine is highly addictive, but the long-term side effects of smoking e-cigarettes are unknown because the products are so new. In the meantime, the FDA is keeping tabs on adverse event reports.

Common side effects of e-cigarettes:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Breathing problems
  • Eye redness, itching, or wateriness
  • Dizziness
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Feeling ill (malaise)

Every year, countless numbers of consumers are injured because of dangerous and defective products. Many of these injuries could be avoided if the product manufacturers took extra steps to ensure consumer safety.

An experienced law firm for product liability in Charlotte, NC

A Charlotte personal injury lawyer will intervene when products are lacking or defective. If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer with substantial experience with various types of product liability cases, consider the attorneys at The Olive Law Firm. They are skilled and qualified attorneys who have handled cases involving defective products, medical devices, and automotive parts. If you or someone in your family has been injured by a defective product, or if someone you love has died because of use of a defective or dangerous product, you should speak with an Olive Law Firm product liability attorney right away.

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