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E-Cigarette, Electronic Cigarette | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Injury, Addiction | Health Dangers

E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) could be dangerous to your health!  Recent tests by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) found that two popular brands of e-cigarettes contained carcinogens and other dangerous substances. Yet some companies that market e-cigarettes claims they are not as harmful as traditional cigarettes.  What's worse, e-cigarettes are often marketed and sold to young people - even children.

Most e-cigarette users would be shocked at what was found in these devices.  The hazardous substances included a highly-toxic chemical used to make antifreeze.  The FDA also found that some e-cigarettes labeled as having no nicotine actually contained the addictive substance.

Our e-cigarette lawyers are investigating a potential class action lawsuit against the distributors of these highly dangerous products.  If you smoke e-cigarettes because of claims that they are safer than traditional cigarettes, you may be entitled to compensation.  Please contact one of our e-cigarette lawyers right away to protect your legal rights.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. The electronic cigarette turns nicotine, which is highly addictive, and other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user. E-cigarettes are sold online and at mall kiosks around the country for about $100 to $200.

Because these products have not been submitted to the FDA for evaluation or approval, there is no way of knowing how much nicotine or other chemicals they deliver to the user.  However, limited testing conducted by the FDA has raised alarms.

According to the FDA, e-cigarettes are marketed and sold to young people. In addition, these products do not contain any health warnings comparable to FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or conventional cigarettes. They are also available in different flavors, such as chocolate and mint, which may appeal to young people.

The FDA has been stopping shipments of e-cigarettes at the border since 2008. As of July 2009, 50 shipments had been refused, but e-cigarettes are still widely available in the U.S. Canada fully banned the devices in March 2009.

The FDA believes that e-cigarettes are both a drug and a device, making them subject to regulation under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. However, one of the companies that markets e-cigarettes filed suit against the FDA in April 2009, claiming that the agency overstepped its authority by banning shipments and insisting that e-cigarettes go through the drug approval process.

FDA E-cigarette Tests

Because of its concerns about the safety of e-cigarettes, the FDA had its Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis test a small sample of cartridges from two leading brands of electronic cigarettes, Smoking Everywhere and Njoy.

The tests found the following:

  • Diethylene glycol was detected in one cartridge at approximately 1%. Diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze, is toxic to humans.
  • Certain tobacco-specific nitrosamines which are human carcinogens were detected in half of the samples tested.
  • Tobacco-specific impurities suspected of being harmful to humans—anabasine, myosmine, and β-nicotyrine—were detected in a majority of the samples tested.
  • The electronic cigarette cartridges that were labeled as containing no nicotine had low levels of nicotine present in all cartridges tested, except one.
  • Three different electronic cigarette cartridges with the same label were tested and each cartridge emitted a markedly different amount of nicotine with each puff. The nicotine levels per puff ranged from 26.8 to 43.2 mcg nicotine/100 mL puff.
  • One high-nicotine cartridge delivered twice as much nicotine to users when the vapor from that electronic cigarette brand was inhaled than was delivered by a sample of the nicotine inhalation product (used as a control) approved by FDA for use as a smoking cessation aid.

At an FDA news conference to discuss the e-cigarette test results, Jonathan Winickoff, MD, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium, expressed concerns that the devices - especially those that come in flavors - might appeal to kids.  He said  e-cigarettes could addict kids to nicotine and turn them into smokers.

In a statement that followed the release of the FDA test results, the American Lung Association said that it shared the agency's concerns. The group urged the FDA "to act immediately to halt the sale and distribution of all e-cigarettes unless the products have been reviewed and approved for sale by the FDA.

E-cigarette Class Action Lawsuit

Thousands of people - even children - use e-cigarettes in the mistaken belief that these devices pose less risk than traditional cigarettes.  In reality, they may be exposing themselves to dangerous, cancer causing chemicals.   Our e-cigarette lawyers are committed to making sure the marketers of these products pay for their deceptive claims.  We are offering free case evaluations to anyone interested in joining an e-cigarette class action lawsuit.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By E-Cigarettes

If you or someone you love purchased e-cigarettes, you have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form, or call 1-800 YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case with one of our e-cigarette lawyers today.

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Study: e-Cigarettes Can Lead to the Same and Increased Risks as Traditional Cigarettes

May 20, 2014
A new study finds that e-cigarettes may expose users to increased levels of toxic compounds when compared to tobacco smoke. The Roswell Park Cancer Institute study was published by Nicotine and Tobacco Research and found that e-cigarettes that are operated at lower voltages generate trace levels of some toxic chemicals; however, increasing the voltage significantly increases the toxic level of chemicals, writes The Buffalo News. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Medical...

Some E-Cigarettes Expose Users to Carcinogens, New Research Suggests

May 6, 2014
Electronic cigarettes are rapidly growing in popularity because they are perceived to be healthier than regular cigarettes. Since users do not actually light up and smoke them, they are avoiding over 60 carcinogens present in regular cigarettes. New research, however, has found that some e-cigarettes get so hot that they can also produce some of the carcinogens present in normal cigarettes, and at comparable levels. According to the New York Times, a study that will be published this month in...

FDA Close to Issuing Some E-Cigarette Regulation

Apr 23, 2014
United States regulators are expected to issue the first regulations concerning electronic cigarettes—e-cigarettes—by month-end. At issue with the emerging devices is if the devices help people to quit smoking or if the devices attract new people to the highly addictive nicotine, and what health hazards the devices present. Health experts seek broad limits on the rapidly growing products, according to NBC News; however, there is also an understanding that the U.S. Food and Drug...

CDC Study: Significant Increase in e-Cigarette Calls to Poison Centers

Apr 7, 2014
A new study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals a significant increase in e-cigarette-related telephone calls to poison centers. According to the agency, the dramatic rise points to a need to monitor the exposure to nicotine by way of e-cigarette liquid so that future poisonings may be prevented. The number of calls increased from one call monthly in September 2015 to 215 calls per month in February 2014, according to the CDC. Data was derived from...

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