An electronic cigarette is a battery-operated product designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. It turns nicotine, which is highly addictive, into vapor that is inhaled by the smoker. They have only been available in the United States since mid-2006.
An e-cigarette can look like a regular cigarette, cigar or pipe. Because the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes have not been fully studied, consumers of this product should ask themselves the following:
- Are e-cigarettes safe for their intended use?
- How much nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled?
- Are there any benefits associated with using this product?
Because of the short time available in the U. S., there exists limited research on their various health risks. The FDA has determined that the tobacco solution used contains a toxic chemical found in antifreeze and other carcinogenic materials.
In addition, it is not yet known if e-cigarettes will lead young people to try other tobacco products, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death. Currently, e-cigarettes that are marketed for therapeutic purposes are regulated by the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. E-cigarette sales have doubled each year since 2008.
If you or a family member has gotten sick after using an e-cigarette, it is important to seek the help of an attorney who has been successful in product liability cases. Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney. You may have the ability to sue for product liability – depending on the nature of your case.