Two new studies have found that advertisements suggesting electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking may be a myth, and that “vaping” may actually release formaldehyde and other dangerous carcinogens. Researchers determined that the intense heat produced by tank style “e-cigs” alters the composition of the nicotine liquid, resulting in the creation of new, potentially hazardous chemicals that are then inhaled by the user.
Free Electronic Cigarette Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by an e cigarette, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the ecig and we can help.
Update: Study Finds E-Cigs Linked to Popcorn Lung
December 8, 2015 - Electronic cigarettes may pose as great a threat to users' health as traditional tobacco products, according to a study released today by the Harvard School of Public Health. According to the study, 75% of flavored e-cigarettes and their refill liquids were found to contain diacetyl, "a flavoring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease."
What’s the Problem?
For the first study, researchers found that “tank-style” electronic cigarettes, which resemble fountain pens or tiny hookahs, contain a reservoir of liquid nicotine that is vaporized by a heating element. This heating process can release formaldehyde and other cancer-causing agents at levels more or less equivalent to that of cigarette smoking. The other study looked at a technique known as “dripping,” in which users sprinkle droplets of nicotine fluid directly on to the heater element, resulting in a bigger puff of smoke and a larger dose of cancer-causing agents.
FDA to Outline New Guidelines for E-Cig Use
The new studies follow an announcement by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about forthcoming laws regarding the use of electronic cigarettes. However, the administration has recently come under fire for only dealing with ecig ingredients before they go into the vaporizer, and not after they are inhaled. The studies indicate that it is only after the chemicals are vaporized that they become hazardous.
Under the new regulations, all tobacco-containing products would be subject to regulation by the FDA. These rules will also restrict minors from being able to purchase the new products. Manufacturers would also be required to register their products before bringing them to market, disclose all ingredients and market them only after receiving FDA approval.
Electronic Cigarette Side Effects
- Nicotine poisoning/toxicity
- Accidental inhalation
- Skin/eye exposure
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
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E-Cig Toxicity Reports Skyrocketing Nationwide
Electronic cigarettes injuries have caused a spike in calls to poison control centers around the country. From September 2010 to February 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received over 2,400 calls related to e-cigarette exposure. Of these:
- 69% involved ingestion
- 17% involved inhalation
- 8.5% involved eye exposure
- 5.9% involved skin exposure
Over half of these incidents involved minors who were accidentally exposed to toxic nicotine levels, and 42% involved adult users. The number of electronic cigarette poisoning cases jumped from one call per month in 2010 to nearly 200 monthly calls in 2014.
Do I Have an Electronic Cigarette Lawsuit?
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Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by an e cigarette, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.