E-cigarettes are a popular alternative to smoking. While people who have used cigarettes may quit to use e-cigarettes, there is another demographic of people who vape without having used cigarettes before. Unfortunately, vaping poses many health risks and has caused illnesses and deaths. As more people are being hospitalized and treated for these illnesses, health experts are looking closely at vaping to see what exactly is causing health complications. If you or a loved one has been hurt because of vaping, you may have grounds for compensation. Solomon Law Group can help you file a Columbia JUUL e-cigarette lawsuit and will do everything possible to get you full and fair compensation.
Getting treatment for a vaping-related illness may take longer than you think. If your lungs are affected and you have trouble breathing, you may need to stay in the hospital until your lungs heal and you can breathe without issues. During this time, you may miss work as well as social events or activities that you used to enjoy. Missing out on life in addition to having a pile of medical bills is a lot for one person to handle. Let our firm help you fight for a settlement that covers the economic and noneconomic damages of your vape injury.
There are many unknowns about vaping, which can make these lawsuits complex. It’s best to have representation with a firm grasp of the law and knowledge about these cases so your e-cigarette lawsuit can be as strong as possible.
Vaping-Related Injuries and Deaths
According to the Chicago Tribune, about 1,000 cases of vaping illnesses are being investigated. 26 of those cases were fatal. Because vaping is relatively new, there isn’t a lot of information on how vaping affects the body for short-term and long-term use. However, as health officials learn more, it’s becoming clear that vaping does include a number of risks.
Those who try to quit may have a hard time because they could experience withdrawal, which is an unpleasant experience and often results in people going back to vaping. On the other side of it, people who are trying to quit and need help have been reported as saying they didn’t realize vaping was so dangerous to their health.
One of the main factors of the e-cigarette crisis is the amount of misinformation out there. Take the JUUL marketing campaign for example. JUUL had a massive social media presence including posts for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Their posts featured good-looking models using JUUL while they were partying or in another social setting. The message was clear: JUULing is an experience that you shouldn’t miss out on.
In addition to selling the JUUL lifestyle, they also said the following about their products:
- JUUL is “much safer than cigarettes” and “totally safe.”
- JUUL said, “the FDA was about to come out and say it was 99% safer than cigarettes.”
The FDA sent JUUL a warning letter because they marketed unauthorized modified risk tobacco products. In order to market a product as a modified risk tobacco product, it needs to have FDA approval. JUUL did not have approval.
Because many people may not know just how dangerous using e-cigarettes is, they may have been damaging their bodies without even knowing it. Let’s take a look at how e-cigarettes work and how they can potentially harm users.
How Do E-Cigarettes Cause Harm?
While the reasons for the connection isn’t clear, there are links between vaping and lung disease. Harvard Health Publishing mentioned in an article that nearly 200 e-cigarette users now have severe lung disease. This phenomenon isn’t contained to one particular area—it spans over 22 states.
A contaminant is suspected to be the cause of the lung disease. It could be from:
- Chemical irritation
- Allergic reactions
- Immune reactions
What’s crucial for people to understand is they’re inhaling more than just water vapor and flavoring. E-cigarette liquid contains glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine, flavorings, and more. When the liquid heats and turns into an aerosol, users inhale metals, diacetyl, and a flavoring chemical, along with other dangerous chemicals.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that is extremely harmful to teenagers because of how it affects the brain. As teenagers’ brains are still developing, nicotine inhibits that growth. Teenagers with an addiction to nicotine may have issues with impulse control and behavior.
In addition to what’s in the vape device, there’s also the issue of where the product came from. Third-party sellers may sell their vape products for a cheaper price, so people who vape can save money and use those products instead. However, those products have not been approved or inspected and there’s no guarantee of what’s in them.
It’s important for people who have been vaping to know what the symptoms of lung disease are, so they can get medical attention as soon as possible. Patients reported feeling shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, fever, chills, abdominal pain, weight loss, and more.
Solomon Law Group Will Stand by Your Side
Receiving a lung disease diagnosis or seeing a loved one hospitalized because of a vaping-related illness are both difficult events to experience. Missing work along with paying for medical treatment can be costly. Our Columbia lawyers will carefully assess the damages and losses vaping has caused you and demand you get rightful compensation.
When the companies that made these products didn’t inform the public of their inherent health risks, they decided that your wellbeing didn’t matter. We’re here to show them it does. Our lawyers are well-versed in product liability law and how to hold a company accountable when they act negligently. To get started on your Columbia JUUL e-cigarette lawsuit, get in touch with our firm today.