The use of electronic cigarettes (also referred to as e-cigarettes, vapes, and vape pens) is soaring in the US, especially among teenagers and young adults. Originally thought to be (and still often marketed as) a safer alternative to cigarettes, e-cigarettes have been found to contain nicotine, carcinogens, and other toxic chemicals causing the boom in teen usage of e-cigarettes to be labeled “a major public health concern,” according to a report published Thursday, December 8th by the United States Surgeon General.
E-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol vapor that the user inhales. In addition to nicotine and other harmful chemicals, e-cigarettes usually contain flavorants to make the vapor taste like chocolate or mint, which make the vapor both more addictive to young people and more dangerous (diacetyl, a chemical often used as a flavorant, has been linked to serious lung disease).
The Surgeon General has reported that “Adolescent brains are particularly sensitive to nicotine’s effects,” and can experience “a constellation of nicotine-induced neural and behavioral alterations.” The Surgeon General added that the e-cigarette industry and it’s marketing, which is targeting adolescents is threatening “50 years of hard-fought progress that we have made curbing tobacco use, and it places a whole new generation at risk for addiction to nicotine.”
In addition to the health dangers from inhaling e-cigarette vapor, there have been many cases of e-cigarette devices exploding during use causing fires and serious burn injuries.
If you or your children have been injured after smoking or accidentally being exposed to an e-cigarette, or if you believe your child is smoking e-cigarettes because of ads/marketing targeting adolescents, you should contact our law firm at 732-532-2011 immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.