Mass Tort Attorneys Seek Compensation for E-Cigarette Injuries
Determined representation for addiction, seizures and popcorn lung
E-cigarettes, touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, have grown immensely in popularity in recent years. Also known as “vaping” devices, they heat a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals, producing an inhalable aerosol. However, studies have shown that vaping is associated with significant health risks, such as nicotine poisoning, respiratory ailments and heart attacks, as well as with nicotine addiction. Moreover, hundreds of people have been burned and a few have been killed by e-cigarette batteries exploding. If you or a loved one has suffered harm related to use of e-cigarettes, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced mass tort attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban are prepared to fight for your rights.
Vaping found to cause widespread harm, especially to teens
Many e-cigarette users are trying to quit smoking but the Food and Drug Administration has warned that vaping devices, such as those produced by JUUL Labs, could put users at even greater risk of dangerous health effects. They may include:
- Addiction — Vaping devices deliver nicotine faster than traditional cigarettes. JUUL pods contain a nicotine salt that is absorbed into the bloodstream much more quickly. This sudden jolt could worsen a user’s nicotine addiction and even lead to nicotine poisoning. Studies have shown that smokers who alternate between traditional and e-cigarettes wind up smoking more instead of reducing their intake.
- Teen addiction — E-cigarettes appeal particularly to teenagers below the legal smoking age, among whom vaping has skyrocketed by 75 percent from 2017 to 2018. Lawsuits allege that e-cigarette makers have been gearing their marketing efforts toward teens who, besides being more prone to addiction, can suffer harm to their neurological development and their lung functions. A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 40 percent of adolescents in a research group mistakenly believed e-cigarettes were nicotine-free.
- Nicotine poisoning — E-cigarette ingredients vary from two percent to 10 percent nicotine among different brands, so users may not know they’ve upped their dosage by a factor of five. In 2018 alone, poison control centers reported at least 2,555 exposure cases related to e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine. According to researchers, toxic levels of nicotine can produce such symptoms as abdominal cramps, depression, oral burning sensation, convulsions, headaches, twitching, vomiting, breathing problems and heart palpitations.
- Respiratory disease — In addition to nicotine, e-cigarettes may contain formaldehyde and heavy metals, such as lead. Some vapers develop rare lung conditions such as bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), also known as “wet lung.” There is an ongoing debate over whether flavored e-cigarettes cause lung cancer or popcorn lung (a severe obstructive lung disease due to chronic chemical exposure).
- Heart attacks — A study by researchers at UC San Francisco and George Washington University has shown that e-cigarette use can double a user’s chance of heart attack.
Obviously, a device that was marketed as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes has proven to be anything but.
Litigation launched against dangerous products marketed to young people
At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, we are fighting for just compensation for e-cigarette users who have developed addictions or have suffered illnesses or injuries. The clients we represent:
- Began vaping at ages 11 to 18 years old and have never smoked traditional cigarettes before,
- Started vaping between 2007 and 2018,
- Have used vaping products from JUUL, Vuse, Blu and Prologic and
- Have suffered damage to health such as nicotine addiction/dependency, seizures and/or hospitalization from nicotine poisoning or popcorn lung.
If you or a family member fit these criteria, our attorneys are ready to fight on your behalf. We believe it is unconscionable that that the design and marketing of these products were deliberately intended to entice young people to experiment with an addictive substance and that the parties responsible must be held to account.
Contact an experienced mass tort lawyer at our firm today
If you’ve been harmed by e-cigarette use, let our skilled and determined trial lawyers fight for your rights. Call Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. For your convenience, we have offices throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.