The Push for Tighter Regulation of E-Cigarettes

by | May 8, 2014

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals to users who inhale vaporized liquids. E-cigarettes have become incredibly popular among both smokers and non-smokers. Although they are alleged to be safer than normal cigarettes, concerns about their risks have been on the rise. Cities across the country have been banning e-cigarette use indoors and there is now a strong push to tighten restrictions nationwide.

On April 24th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rules to allow the agency to increase regulation of e-cigarettes. If passed, the FDA would regulate e-cigarettes in the same way they regulate cigarettes, loose tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. Sales of e-cigarettes to minors under 18 would be prohibited. Manufacturers would also be required to disclose ingredients used in liquid nicotine products and the potential risks they pose to consumers.

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E-Cigarette Risks & Concerns

Because e-cigarettes have not been fully studied, all of the risks are not fully known– especially when it comes to long-term risks. Still, The FDA has received many reports of side effects experienced by consumers who use these products. The FDA and public health officials have also warned about electronic cigarettes containing carcinogens and toxic chemicals.

The FDA has received reports of consumers who have been hospitalized for:

  • Pneumonia
  • Disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Low blood pressure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Other health problems

Other concerns include:

  • Unknown long-term side effects
  • Widespread availability
  • Marketing to young people
  • A “gateway” to smoking or use of real tobacco products

Many of these concerns are similar to the concerns which have surrounded the use of energy drinks. I am Co-Chair of the Energy Drinks Litigation Group of the American Association of Justice. Through the litigation group we marshal resources to litigate case against the energy drink manufacturers.

No matter what the product may be, consumers who suffer harm after using a product, as it was intended to be used, may have the right to pursue compensation from manufacturers and others. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC personal injury attorneys have a great deal of experience handling product liability cases, and fight for the rights of injured consumers and their families.

You can learn more about product liability and the rights of consumers by calling 202-644-8303 for a free consultation.

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