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Lung Disease from Vaping Can Be Subject to Product Liability Lawsuits

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Lung Disease from Vaping Can Be Subject to Product Liability LawsuitsE-cigarettes were introduced to consumers more than a decade ago as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco products. Vaping has caught on with younger smokers, partly due to its cleaner image and the variety of flavors. However, it has become clear that e-cigarettes are not as safe as their manufacturers claimed. There are hundreds of cases of e-cigarette users developing lung diseases, with several patients dying as a result. If you have developed a lung disease due to vaping, the manufacturer may be liable for your personal injury if the product did not warn you about the risk.

Dangers of Vaping

While e-cigarettes may contain fewer toxins than normal cigarettes, that does not make them safe to use, particularly for teens and pregnant women. Most e-cigarettes still contain nicotine and chemicals that can cause cancer and lung disease. Long-term vaping is believed to lead to several diseases, including:

  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Lung cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis

The device itself has also been dangerous to consumers because of numerous incidents in which the battery exploded. Because e-cigarette users often carry the device in their pocket, an explosion can cause serious burn and shrapnel injuries.

Product Liability

E-cigarette manufacturers got away with making misleading and unproven claims for several years because it lacked oversight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In truth, the product was put on the market before researchers could study the long-term effects of vaping. Manufacturers can be liable for harm caused by their products if they did not warn consumers about a risk of harm that the consumer could not anticipate. Cigarette packages have a label that warns about the risk of diseases that are linked to smoking.

Not only did e-cigarette manufacturers fail to warn consumers about the dangers of vaping, but their marketing message was that their product is safer than smoking. Inadequate warnings and reckless claims are both grounds for product liability if you can prove that you used the product because you were led to believe it did not have the same risks of addiction and disease as smoking.

Contact a McHenry County Personal Injury Attorney

The diseases linked to vaping have the potential to cause permanent disabilities and, in some cases, death. Treating your disease can be expensive, while also limiting your ability to earn an income and diminishing your quality of life. A Crystal Lake, Illinois, personal injury lawyer at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can help you file a product liability lawsuit against a negligent manufacturer. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/about-e-cigarettes.html#what-are-e-cigarettes

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