Vaping Leading to Injuries, Addiction in Children and Adults
The Kansas City defective device attorneys at Goza & Honnold are handling cases involving e-cigarettes and vape pens. These devices can lead to youth addiction and other injuries in children and adults. In addition, e-cigarette batteries can also explode without warning, causing serious injury or death.
E-Cigarettes and Youth Addiction
E-cigarettes are rising in popularity, but many consumers are unaware of the dangers linked to these cigarette alternatives. The devices have been touted as a healthier alternative to cigarettes or a way to quit smoking, but they can carry serious risks.
Amid growing concerns over the marketing of e-cigarettes to teens, our attorneys are investigating Juul pods and other vaping systems. These devices can expose teens to particularly high levels of nicotine, which can lead to increased dependency and long-term adverse health consequences.
The highly addictive fruit-flavored vaping pods contain as much nicotine as one pack of cigarettes. Parents of addicted teens are filing lawsuits against e-cigarette manufacturers, alleging that their patented recipes fueled teenage nicotine addictions.
E-cigarettes feature toxic ingredients that can be harmful to consumers. Emerging scientific studies show that, on top of the dangers associated with e-cigarettes’ nicotine-containing liquid, the flavors in the liquid might also be harmful. Potential injuries from inhaling the nicotine and liquid flavoring include Bronchiolitis obliterans (popcorn lung), cardiovascular disease, reduced immune response, and altered brain development.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is also investigating a potential link between e-cigarette use and seizures. The FDA has received numerous reports of seizures in children and adults using e-cigarettes, and the agency is concerned about a causal connection. Seizures are a known side effect of nicotine poisoning.
The powerful lithium-ion batteries in e-cigarettes are prone to overheating and combustion. The batteries can explode suddenly, often inside of people’s pockets or as people are using their vape pens.
Explosion-related injuries include severe burns, eye damage, amputations, and death. Several deaths have been reported, and hundreds of people have sustained injuries because of e-cigarette battery explosions.
Contact Goza & Honnold, LLC
If you have or your child has sustained injuries related to e-cigarettes and vaping, contact Goza & Honnold today. You will have the opportunity to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced product liability attorneys to discuss your potential case. Call (913) 451-3433, or complete our website Contact form to schedule your case consultation.