In recent years, smoking has become less and less popular due in large
part to consumers becoming better educated about the risks involved with
nicotine and second hand smoke. Various advertising campaigns have shown
the negative effects of smoking cigarettes on the human body, so the tobacco
industry has developed what it claims to be a "safer alternative"
to smoking the typical cigarette: e-cigarettes. These electronic cigarettes
are typically battery operated to simulate smoking a cigarette by sucking
on the device to activate a heating element within. This vaporizes a liquid
substance for operators to inhale.
More and more consumers are turning to e-cigarette use for a variety of
reasons. Manufacturers of these electronic cigarette devices claim that
they are safer because of the lack of tar within them. There are numerous
flavors that sound, smell, and taste great to users, many of which still
include nicotine. Unfortunately, these devices are becoming increasingly
popular to teenagers throughout the United States. Since 2012, the number
of middle and high school students using electronic cigarettes has doubled.
This is dangerous because while companies claim that they are safer than
smoking cigarettes, these devices still contact nicotine, which is very
addicting. The potential of becoming addicted to tobacco as a result of
e-cigarette usage as a teenager is great.
The dangers of e-cigarettes don't end there. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in April of 2014, there were 215 calls reporting poisonings
from electronic cigarette devices. In 2010, that number was one. Even
more troubling is that of the 215, over 50% involved children age 6 and
younger. And these numbers are likely lower than the actual number of
poisonings in the United States because not all are reported to the CDC.
So why are poisonings from e-cigarettes so common? It is because these
devices use liquid nicotine to be appealing to users. This liquid concentration
is not only a drug, but can be extremely toxic in any dose size. These
poisonings can happen when the liquid nicotine is inhaled or even when
it is only spilled on the skin and absorbed into the body. This can happen
while filling the device, when a refill or cartridge breaks, and especially
when children handle these devices because they do not have appropriate
safety features to keep kids from spilling the liquid onto them. The amount
to kill a small child is only teaspoon. There have been many reported
incidents involving young children who smelled their parents' e-cigarette
flavor and tried to eat the liquid because it tasted and smelled good.
These dangers have prompted many people to demand childproofing and stricter
safety standards for e-cigarette companies. The
FDA is allowed to regulate and oversee cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and
other tobacco products such as e-cigs. A proposal was presented by the
FDA to require stricter regulation of e-cigarettes in April, but is still
In the event that you or your child is a victim of nicotine poisoning as
a result of handling e-cigarettes, you may have a legal claim against
the manufacturer. An experienced Marietta injury lawyer will be able to
tell you whether or not you are entitled to compensation.
Contact our attorneys today at (770) 427-5498. The longer you wait, the less likely you will
be able to bring a claim.