Nicotine Poisoning Lawyer
Get Help from a Nicotine Poisoning Lawyer
Electronic nicotine delivery devices, or e-cigarettes, are finally beginning to get the heavy scrutiny they deserve. In fact, they have become somewhat notorious as they are associated with an outbreak of a mysterious respiratory illness. The nation has also seen several deaths as a result of e-cigarettes. Plus, many e-cigarette manufacturers are coming under fire because of their fraudulent and deceptive marketing campaigns.
E-cigarette products, such as those sold by JUUL Labs, were once marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, the truth is now coming to light—e-cigs are NOT safer. And, in many instances, these products have more nicotine than traditional cigarettes, raising concerns of nicotine poisoning and a plethora of other health concerns.
Why are E-Cigarettes Dangerous?
The same deceptions that protected tobacco products in the 20th century led to the unchecked proliferation of potentially harmful and under-studied new nicotine products in the 21st century. Millions of American children and teenagers now use these products.
E-cigarette manufacturers, like JUUL Labs, put nicotine-based e-liquid in cartridges or pods for consumers to inhale by vaping. The e-liquid itself contains numerous chemicals such as propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol 400, and vegetable glycerin mixed with a variety of chemical flavorings, plus varying amounts of nicotine.
One research study found that five popular e-cigarette brands contain a toxic chemical called pulegone. Pugelone is a cancer-causing substance (a carcinogen) that can also cause kidney and liver failure. The researchers found that menthol- and mint-flavored e-cigarettes contained extremely high levels of this chemical, which can be deadly when ingested in substantial quantities. Researchers claim that if the amounts of pugelone found in e-liquids were in found in food, the FDA would have the manufacturer pull it off the market, and possibly impose fines. Pugelone is banned in California and the European Union.
Why Does It Matter?
Our human lungs are much more delicate and easily damaged by toxins than our digestive systems. It is generally accepted that inhaling nicotine and other chemicals can double the risks of toxic exposure. The lax regulation of the e-cigarette manufacturing industry has left American youth vulnerable to significant harm and addiction.
E-cigarettes have been expertly and purposefully marketed to teenagers, through aggressive social media campaigns and presentations that promise vaping is much safer than smoking. Such claims have proved to be unfounded and decidedly false. In fact, the products are highly addictive and contain enough nicotine to cause poisoning. Overconsumption of nicotine can lead to strokes and seizures. It is also linked to numerous illnesses including vascular disease and respiratory problems.
Nicotine is a dangerous and harmful substance. Users of e-cigarettes may be susceptible to levels that cause nicotine poisoning, particularly in JUUL pods, which can have as much nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes. Nicotine poisoning is a danger to pets, too. Companion animals that have gotten hold of e-liquid cartridges and accidentally ingested the contents have died of acute nicotine poisoning.
As you can see, e-cigarette manufacturers, like JUUL Labs, need to be held accountable for their deceptive and harmful practices. You would be well-advised to contact a vaping injury or nicotine poisoning lawyer if you or a loved one has suffered damage or addiction from e-cigarettes. Call the office of McEldrew Young today.