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Vaping and Consumer Safety

Consumer alerts were put into place to protect consumers when it comes to defective products and other issues that may arise regarding business and consumer issues. One of the bigger issues hitting the news in recent months has to do with e-cigarettes.

When it comes to federal, state, and local regulatory complexity and all the unknowns surrounding e-cigarettes, its future is unclear.

Many retailers are discussing the possibility of discontinuing the sale of all of their electronic nicotine delivery products, and some have even raised the age for buying tobacco products in their establishments to 21 years old.

Vaping Health Scares

The health scares related to vaping are growing in number and are hitting the news more and more often as well. More than 500 people have become sick, and approximately eight have died from a vape-related lung disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Juul Pods and Vaping

Juul Labs claims that just one Juul pod contains the same amount of nicotine that can be found in one pack of cigarettes. There are no filters either, so if you use a Juul, you are being exposed to 100 percent of the nicotine. With cigarettes, some of that nicotine content is lost in the filter as it is being smoked.

These high levels of nicotine may be cytotoxic. They are now researching its side effects to see if it causes an addiction to nicotine, reactive airway disease, popcorn lung, bronchitis, cardiovascular injuries, and more.

Centers for Disease Control

Following the first death that was related to severe lung disease from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices, the CDC issued a statement regarding these devices and how little information is actually available about its related harm and side effects. So, they are now warning about the potential dangers that may exist.

Consumer Claims

With Juul and other electronic nicotine delivery devices becoming so popular, they are also appealing to the younger generation as well because of their design and the availability of different flavors to choose from. Some suits are claiming that they are marketing these products to younger people and are causing an addiction for teens.

Some also claim that these companies are neglecting to advertise the high amount of nicotine that is contained in their products. The patients who are reportedly developing severe lung illnesses to these electronic cigarettes are predominantly teens and young adults.

However, before any of these claims can be proven or disproven, extensive research needs to be done in order for us to better understand the health implications that may come hand in hand with vaping.

Consumer Responsibility

With so many major retailers and establishments making advancements when it comes to how they sell these products; we see small steps of progression in the right direction. As a retailer, they need to sell legal products responsibly to consumers.

If you or a loved one have suffered from any kind of vaping related illness, then you may be able to take legal steps by filing a claim against the vape manufacturer.

However, with so many unknowns, this is a difficult and bumpy road to travel, so you should always seek the counsel of an experienced attorney to discuss any kind of personal injury case or claim you may have due to defective products or other consumer issues. 

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

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