Despite recent pressure from the high-powered, tobacco-backed vaping industry, Australia recently ruled to keep nicotine-laden e-cigarettes illegal in its country.

E-Cigarettes with Nicotine Ruled Illegal in Australia

A leader in the fight against smoking, Australia classifies nicotine as a poison and has a ban on e-cigarette products that contain the substance. Vaping fluids that do not contain nicotine are allowed for sale in the country. Continue Reading Australia Classifies E-Cigarettes as Dangerous

A class action failure-to-warn lawsuit against e-cigarette companies was thrown out by the Central District Court of California last week. The suit, filed by plaintiffs from CA, IL, and NY, included claims that the accused companies, including Lorillard Tobacco Co. and Reynolds American Inc. (which bought Lorillard in 2014), deceptively advertised the health benefits of e-cig products over traditional cigarettes.

The judge ruled federal law superceded state regulations citing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s rule making e-cigarettes subject to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Under Federal law tobacco products only need to carry a warning regarding the addictive properties of nicotine. States cannot mandate stricter labeling requirements.

The only claim that appears to have survived is Continue Reading E-Cigarette Class Action Suit Stymied by Federal Law

Sunday there was yet another e-cigarette lithium battery explosion—this time in woman’s purse while she was shopping. Mara McInerney’s handbag exploded with the sound of a “gunshot,” pouring thick black smoke and sending other shoppers scurrying away from the blast. It was the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a day when people’s nerves were already on edge. According to an NBC 4 New York article, McInerney was terrified; “It was 9/11. I thought someone had put something in my bag.” It turned out the lithium battery in her vaporizer exploded burning her designer bag into fragments. Luckily the flaming bag didn’t burn her hands and face as well. The New Jersey woman is even more thankful it didn’t explode while her four year old daughter was reaching into the bag to get a toy or a piece of candy.

Continue Reading E-Cigarette Explodes in Woman’s Purse

A new report “raises another red flag about e-cigarettes–the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can be hazardous,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Poisonings in children are on the rise from drinking e-cigarette liquids that come with vaping products. The liquid packaging is brightly colored; the candy-flavored taste inviting; the lack of child-proof packaging? Extremely dangerous.

The liquids in e-cigarettes contain a concentrated dose of nicotine, which is a poison. In liquid form, nicotine can be ingested or absorbed through the skin causing severe poisoning or even death. Poison center stats show that more than fifty percent (50%) of the victims are children under 6 years old. Just as startling is that forty percent (40%) are over twenty (20) years old. Adults are being poisoned at nearly the same rate as children. Many of these adult poison events are from inhaling and/or exposure to the skin and eyes.

Continue Reading E-Cigarette Poisoning in Children on the Rise

In Albertville, Alabama, a 10th grade student noticed his e-cigarette case was getting hot. He took it out of his pocket and placed it on a nearby desk where it promptly exploded. He escaped injury but a nearby student wasn’t so lucky. He was hospitalized with burns to his face and neck.

Continue Reading Another Student Burned by E-Cigarette—This Time During School

Despite the growing number of injuries attributed to e-cigarette and vaping product use, manufacturers continue to claim the products are a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. Recent reports dispute this, including:

  1. A Harvard study that showed dangerous levels of a lung-destroying chemical called diacetyl,[i]
  2. Cases of lung injuries and pneumonia from vaping,[ii] and,
  3. Evidence of devastating injuries from device fires and explosions.[iii]

Continue Reading E-Cigarette Vaping Product Explodes – Causes Catastrophic Injuries to 14 Year Old Boy

While there is no doubt that e-cigarettes are dangerous, a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents a much greater problem that has previously been overlooked. According to the study, approximately 18.3 million middle school and high school students were exposed to at least one source of e-cigarette advertising in 2014. To put that figure into further perspective, it represents nearly 70% of the total study participants. Of this marketing, approximately “14 million students were exposed to [e-cigarette] ads in retail stores, 10.5 million students were exposed to ads on the internet, 9.6 million students were exposed watching TV or movies, and 8 million students while reading newspapers or magazines.”

Additionally, the study concluded that e-cigarettes were the most common tobacco product used by children in that same age bracket in 2014, which only underlines the apparent effectiveness of e-cigarette marketing. Just to start, there are a variety of obvious concerns with marketing any device like e-cigarettes to children. Even ignoring those concerns, the fact of the matter is that these products deliver nicotine into the body, which is known to stunt brain development in children.

There is simply no disputing that these products are dangerous. In addition to questionable marketing tactics targeting children, e-cigarettes have a whole host of other issues. There has been a history of the rechargeable batteries exploding; leading people to suffer from catastrophic injuries, and in spite of all this the e-cigarette industry just grows larger. Unfortunately, as the product’s marketing continues to expand, it will collect more and more users who are seeking to take advantage of its benefits without fully understanding all the potential risks.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of an e-cigarette or vaping device, it is recommended that you seek experienced legal counsel immediately.

From 2013 to 2014, the global market for e-cigarettes and e-liquids has nearly doubled to $6 billion, with the U.S. accounting for nearly half that amount. That is a staggering number in sales for an otherwise relatively new product. Overall, the e-cigarette industry markets their product as the safe alternative to smoking, and even claims to help facilitate the process to quit. This increase in sales clearly indicates that their marketing is working.

Many individuals, including myself, have stood at a convenience store counter and thought, “I’ll buy an e-cigarette today. Maybe it’ll help me quit smoking, or at least it will be healthier than smoking a real cigarette.” Unfortunately, those assumptions might not be as accurate as we previously hoped.

A recent study published by JAMA Pediatrics questioned the safety of e-cigarettes. The study sampled over 45,000 children from Hong Kong with an average age of 15 years old and revealed that 40% of teenagers who smoked either traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes suffered from various respiratory symptoms when compared to those who have not smoked either traditional or electronic cigarettes.

Continue Reading Respiratory Problems Another Potential Hazard for E-Cigarette Users

You read that correctly. The so-called “safe” alternative to cigarettes can used to start a fire—not intentionally, of course. Unfortunately for a man from North Bay, Alabama, the fire started after he attempted to smoke his e-cigarette. Reports indicate that while the man was using the e-cigarette, it exploded in his mouth and the resulting debris from the lithium battery landed into his closet and caught the carpet on fire. That’s a far cry from a safe alternative.

This man, Tom Holloway, had been working in his home office, when he decided to make use of his e-cigarette.  When he did this, the lithium battery in the e-cigarette exploded, setting off sparks which flew and subsequently set his closet on fire.  Afterwards, the casing of this lithium battery was found on a section of the melted carpet.

Meanwhile, the co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, Thomas Kiklas, denied knowledge of any such problems with e-cigarettes. Instead, Kiklas noted the countless number e-cigarette uses which haven’t produced any serious industries.  What Mr. Kiklas may not know is that his speech is simply repeating history.  Many years ago, the tobacco industry similarly denied knowledge of any risks associated with their cigarettes.  Unfortunately, e-cigarettes seem to be headed in the same direction as their forefathers.

Tom Halloway experienced the risks of using an e-cigarette firsthand. Mr. Kiklas can deny knowledge of serious injuries with use of e-cigarettes, but there is already evidence that this product can have serious health consequences, from respiratory implications to serious burns.

If you are injured as a result of an e-cigarette, it is recommended that you seek experienced legal counsel.

In one word: carcinogens.

There has been a general misconception that smoking an e-cigarette means that you are only inhaling nicotine and water vapor. This misconception is what e-cigarette companies want us to believe. They want us to believe that smoking an e-cigarette is safe. They want us to believe that their e-cigarettes do not contain any of the toxins found in traditional cigarettes. They want us to believe that this is the better alternative to cigarettes. However, that is simply not true.

The e-cigarette industry remains largely unregulated, and the long-term, physical effects of e-cigarette use remain unknown. Recently, a study by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) found that some e-cigarette products emit higher levels of cancer-causing gases than what is permissible under California law.

Studies have also shown that e-cigarette products contain high levels of formaldehyde, a gas typically used for glues and particle board, and acetaldehyde, a gas used to make perfume. Both of these byproducts are known cancer-causing gases. This means that you are unfortunately inhaling much more than nicotine and water vapor when you use an e-cigarette, despite what the e-cigarette industry wants us to believe.

The truth is that e-cigarettes are nothing more than an alternative, but certainly not a better. Some might try to argue that these are “safer” than smoking cigarettes; however, the term “safer” is clearly subject to interpretation, and is being used loosely by the e-cigarette industry.

If you are injured as a result of an e-cigarette, it is recommended that you seek immediate medical attention and experienced legal counsel.