The explosion in popularity of e-cigarette happened seemingly overnight. While these devices have been touted as a good alternative to traditional cigarettes, we have now learned that vaping can lead to serious illness and even death. At the Law Office of Julie Johnson, we are here to help if you or a loved one have been injured or become ill after using an e-cigarette. Let our Dallas e-cigarette attorneys fully investigate so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
What we know about e-cigarettes right now
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now keeping track of and investigating the number of illnesses and fatalities related to the use of e-cigarettes. As awareness of these illnesses has spread, doctors have been better able to link their patients’ symptoms to vaping. Healthcare providers have reported a range of vape-related illness symptoms, including:
- Breathing difficulty
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
Many people have even lost their lives after using an e-cigarette product. Agencies across the US continue to investigate the exact cause of these illnesses and deaths.
What brands are the most popular?
There are many popular brands of e-cigarettes on the market, available both in stores and online. Some of the most well-known include:
- Blu E-Cigs
- Om Vapors
- Green Smoke
- Mig Vapor
- VAIO Vapor
- Morpheus E-Cigs
- V2 Pro
- Halo Triton
These products are highly addictive, with some of them containing solutions that are 5% nicotine, a much higher dosage than can be found in traditional cigarettes.
Does the federal government regulate e-cigarettes?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating e-cigarettes, but they have so far done nothing more than banning the sale of these products to minors. All e-cigarette companies have until mid-2020 to submit their products for approval to the FDA. Until then, they are allowed to continue selling them.
Despite the ban on selling e-cigarette to youth, the FDA has issued strong warnings to JUUL Labs and other e-cigarette companies for marketing to teens through social media. They have also come under fire for making flavored products that attract younger people to use them, such as fruit flavors, cotton candy, mint, etc. From 2017 to 2018, the use in vaping among high schoolers increased by 78% and in middle schoolers by 48%.
We are ready to secure the compensation you deserve
If you or someone you care about has been injured or become ill due to using a vape product, seek legal assistance today. The Law Office of Julie Johnson is ready to help you get through this. We will thoroughly investigate what happened to you and work to secure the compensation you deserve. This could include:
- Coverage of medical expenses due to the vape illness
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the e-cigarette company