On May 5, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) passed legislation imposing rules on e-cigarettes after nearly ten years of the product being available to consumers. Arguments on both sides regarding the health risks posed by e-cigarettes have been ongoing since the release of the product. Some argue that e-cigarettes will shift a younger generation towards eventually smoking traditional cigarettes. The other side of the argument claims that new regulations will make quitting more difficult for smokers who want to try e-cigarettes as a method of cessation.
The new regulations make it illegal to sell e-cigarette products to Americans under the age of 18. Adults appearing under the age of 26 will also be required to present a photo ID in order to complete the purchase of e-cigarettes. In the United States alone, nine million Americans partake in vaping. Vaping refers to the act of using or “smoking” an e-cigarette. Although many health officials concur that the act of vaping is less harmful than smoking a traditional cigarette, any health effects regarding long-term use have not yet been extensively researched.
While the long-term health effects of vaping have not been established, there have been numerous cases of defective products injuring consumers. Recently, a man in Missouri was walking with an e-cigarette in his pocket when it abruptly exploded. Following the explosion, the man sustained third-degree burns in numerous locations on his right leg. Because of the serious burns, the individual has gone through four skin graft surgeries in an attempt to mask the scarring.
Studies released in 2013 reported that the lithium batteries within e-cigarettes could explode and the National Transportation Safety Board banned the use of e-cigarettes on airplanes in 2015. Senator Chuck Shumer, following the new regulations, is still urging the FDA to investigate the defective products that are coming out of the e-cigarette industry. He wants e-cigarette manufacturers to take responsibility for the explosions and to prevent them from occurring in the future.
Cherry Hill Product Liability Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Fight to Gain Compensation for Victims of Exploding E-Cigarettes
E-cigarettes are a popular alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, but the dangers of having one explode are ever-present. If you or someone you love has been injured by an exploding e-cigarette or any other defective product, a Cherry Hill product liability lawyer at DiTomaso Law can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 856-414-0010 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout the greater Philadelphia area including Center City, Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, including Mount Holly, Burlington County, Cherry Hill and Camden.