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E-Cigarettes, Vapes Linked to Increased Risk for Seizures

April 8, 2019 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning about a link between the use of e-cigarette or “vapes” and an increased risk for seizure, as dozens of consumers have reported having seizures during or shortly after using them.

Since 2010, FDA has received at least 35 reports of seizure in e-cigarette users — both novice and tenured, young and not so much — that occurred either during use or shortly after the fact. The cases were fielded by poison control centers across the U.S., as well as the FDA’s adverse event reporting system.

“While 35 cases may not seem like much compared to the total number of people using e-cigarettes, we are nonetheless concerned by these reported cases,” FDA head Scott Gottlieb said in the press release. “We also recognize that not all of the cases may be reported.”

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a seizure while using an electronic cigarette, vape or similar device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

FDA was unable to conclude one way or another whether the smoking devices caused the seizures, since there was no clear pattern in the incidents that led to the patients’ strokes. Some of the victims were novices, while others were veteran vapers. Several of the patients had a prior history of seizures, complicated by marijuana and amphetamine use.

FDA also failed to specify any specific brand name vapes or vape juices implicated in the seizures, as this information wasn’t provided in all these cases (though it should be noted that some devices, in particular Juul, deliver higher doses of nicotine than most other e-cigs).

What is a Seizure?

Seizures are characterized by erratic bursts of electrical activity in the brain, somewhat like an electrical storm. The events can vary greatly in form and severity from patient to patient. Anything the brain does normally may also occur without warning during a seizure.

Seizure Symptoms

  • Temporary confusion
  • A staring spell
  • Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs
  • Loss of consciousness or awareness
  • Psychic symptoms such as fear, anxiety or deja vu

(Courtesy Mayo Clinic)

Do I have an E-Cigarette Seizure Lawsuit?

The Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in e-cig seizure lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had a seizure while using an e-cigarette or vape, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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