E-Cigs: Popular But Dangerous
As the electronic cigarette (e-cig) trend sweeps across the nation, scientists and public officials are sounding the alarm about potential negative health effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently expressed concern that the public may be misinformed as to how similar the health effects of e-cigs to regular cigarettes.
While the use of e-cigs has grown a rapid pace each year since 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently announced that it will begin regulating e-cigs just as it regulates traditional cigarettes. In a recent statement, the FDA called this a “milestone in consumer protection.”
New regulations placed on e-cigarettes include:
- Child-resistant packaging
- Sales prohibited to people under the age of 18
- The government now has a say as to what goes into e-cigarette flavors
Advertising by e-cigarette companies may be misleading. Some examples of this include:
- The unproven idea that e-cigs help smokers quit cigarettes
- “Fun” flavors are marketed to minors
- The unproven idea that chemicals used in e-cigs are harmless
To make matters worse, e-cigarettes have a track record of exploding. A steadily-growing number of consumers have experienced injury due to unstable lithium-ion batteries. Explosions have caused broken bones, shattered teeth, and burns.
If you experience adverse health effects due to the misleading advertising or faulty manufacturing of e-cigarette companies, you may be able to mount a successful case. For a free consultation, contact the Milwaukee product liability lawyers at Domnitz & Domnitz, S.C. We have a long history of helping our clients to recoup their losses. Click here to see a list of our most significant verdicts and settlements.