When vaping first became popular, it seemed almost like a miracle: the ability to smoke without most of the harmful effects of cigarettes. Indeed, vaping was touted as an effective and safe means of quitting smoking for adults hooked on nicotine.
However, it turned out that not only are there better ways to quit, but that vaping itself may be dangerous, and has been linked to six deaths so far by the Centers for Disease Control. At least one teenager in Florida has been hospitalized with holes in his lung, and at least 400 cases have been identified to date in the United States. If you suspect you’ve been injured due to vaping, you need an Ocala personal injury lawyer to review your case.
The Risks of Vaping Are Only Beginning to Emerge
Electronic cigarettes heat a liquid, creating an aerosol that users then inhale. The liquid may contain nicotine, marijuana, flavorings and other items. Recent investigations have also identified potential contaminates and harmful chemicals that are injuring hundreds of people.
Doctors and health officials don’t have enough data yet to understand how much vaping damages lungs and organs. However, the problems are becoming so common that it has been labeled a public health crisis. How serious is it? The CEO of the largest e-cigarette manufacturer is now warning those who don’t already use his product to not even try it.
What to Do if You Suspect That Vaping Has Injured You or Someone You Care About
If you are using any of these products – whether for nicotine or other substances – you should stop. If there’s any hint of illness caused by it, see a doctor immediately, then contact an Ocala personal injury lawyer.
There’s even some evidence that second-hand vaping products are as injurious as second-hand smoke from cigarettes. Due to the lack of experience and regulation, doctors are just beginning to grasp what vaping does to the human body. If you suspect that vaping has caused an injury, contact JW Chalkley III, PA today for a free consultation at 866-629-7511 or fill out the online form to receive a call from their office directly.