What Are the Dangers of Vaping?
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, vapes, mods, e-hookahs, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), have serious dangers for kids, teens and young adults in particular. What started as an alternative to smoking cigarettes quickly evolved into a popular device among people who never smoked or used tobacco products. Young people who’ve gotten their hands on vaping devices report doing so because of the various flavors, affordability, accessibility, and false belief that it is safer than smoking regular cigarettes.
Unfortunately, however, there are fatal and life-threatening consequences to vaping.
At the beginning of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began investigating a national outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). This is because a total of 2,807 EVALI cases or deaths were reported to the CDC as of February 18, 2020, although there are likely far more EVALI cases that the CDC has yet to report. Considering the fact that 3.6 million middle and high school students are using e-cigarettes in 2020, reported by the FDA, it comes as no surprise that EVALI hospitalizations and deaths are a major concern for government agencies, health organizations, and families alike. CDC laboratory data reveals vitamin E acetate to be strongly linked to the EVALI outbreak.
To better understand the dangers of nicotine, let’s take a look at some of the common health effects associated with nicotine use:
- Highly addictive
- Disrupts adolescent brain development
- Results in fetal health consequences:
- Premature labor
- Low birth weight
- Respiratory failure at birth
- sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Raises blood pressure and adrenaline
- Creates a risk of heart attack and cardiovascular diseases
- Linked to chronic lung disease and asthma
E-Cigarette & Vaping Lawsuits
The reality is, vapes and other e-cigarette products will continue to dominate the tobacco industry and appeal to non-smokers, especially young people. As such, it is important to take legal action against e-cigarette companies believed to cause your injuries.
The company may have:
- Failed to add warning labels to its products
- Deceived consumers by misrepresenting the adverse health effects of using its products
- Failed to clearly state the dangerous chemicals in its products
- Violated state consumer protection laws
- Falsely advertised the amount of nicotine in its products
Recent lawsuits have claimed the use of vape products caused death, lung injuries, seizures, strokes, and worsening of existing conditions such as asthma. Thus, if you believe you are a victim of an e-cigarette company’s negligence or malpractice, please do not hesitate to contact our Denver personal injury lawyer at (303) 732-5048. When you do, we will help provide the clarity you need to move forward and potentially pursue legal action against the responsible party.