In September 2019, New York banned the sales of most flavored e-cigarettes and vapes. This ban is aimed at cutting the number of children who vape and comes in the wake of an epidemic of people getting stricken with lung illnesses that seem to be related to vaping. As of September 14, there have been 74 confirmed cases of people who have serious lung illness after vaping in New York state. Seven deaths have been linked to vaping-related illnesses nationwide according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This ban has opened America’s eyes to the deception and negligence of vaping companies who use tactics reminiscent of the Big Tobacco companies of years past. Other reasons that led to this ban on vaping and e-cigarettes also include lack of regulations, misleading marketing, and irrefutable health risks. Vaping companies, such as JUUL Labs, should be held accountable.
Gersowitz Libo & Korek, PC is investigating cases against JUUL Labs and other vaping and e-cigarette companies. It’s time for these companies to step up and take responsibility for damages caused by their products. Our New York vaping injury attorneys are experienced and dedicated to investigating the facts of your case and getting you or your loved ones the justice you deserve after suffering a vaping-related injury.
Research has shown that vaping nicotine, including cannabis vaping, may cause severe health risks from chemical exposure. Dr. Robert Jackler, a Stanford University physician and professor, noted that vaping companies, such as JUUL Labs, have targeted their marketing campaigns towards children and teens, increasing their risk of being stricken with devastating health illnesses.
Amongst the epidemic of lung illnesses and deaths associated with vaping and cannabis vaping, e-cigarette and vaping companies, such as JUUL Labs, are under major scrutiny. Families of vapers have started to file lawsuits for vaping addiction, injuries, illnesses and deaths.
Having knowledge about e-cigarettes and vaping can help you understand the dangers associated with these products. Below are some common key facts about e-cigarette use or vaping according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
• Electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes — are also called vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
• Using an e-cigarette product is commonly called vaping.
• E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs.
• The liquid can contain: nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and additives.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CDC, state and local health departments, and other clinical public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarette products and vape use. This new lung disease has stricken hundreds of vapers and resulted in deaths. All reported cases have a history of e-cigarette use or vaping.
Most of these individuals have reported a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC. Many have reported using THC and nicotine. Some have reported the use of e-cigarette products containing only nicotine. Regardless of what type of vape product they use, it has been a common factor in this new lung disease epidemic. Consumers deserve a justice and deserve to hold the vape companies, such as JUUL Labs, accountable.
Recent vaping injury lawsuits claim the use of vape products have caused the following:
• Nicotine addiction
• Cardiovascular issues
• Respiratory illnesses
• Worsening of existing conditions (such as asthma)
Vaping companies, such as JUUL Labs, have failed to provide warnings of the dangers of their products. As a result, vapers who now suffer from addiction and serious health problems may have the opportunity to get monetary compensation through a lawsuit. The New York vaping injury attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have the knowledge and experience to help you or a loved one suffering a vaping-related injury to the get the just compensation that you deserve.
If you are injured by a dangerous product, such as an e-cigarette product, it may be possible to bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer for compensation. In order to prove your claim, your attorney must prove that the product was defective in its design, manufacturing, or marketing. There may be both design and marketing defects in the vape products.
For instant, JUUL Labs marketed its vape products as a safe alternative to cigarettes and a safe way to stop smoking. However, these JUUL products can include as much, or even more, nicotine as cigarettes. This can create an addiction for people who had no addiction before. This is a major concern and marketing defect on the part of JUUL.
If liability is established based on these e-cigarette or vaping companies, you may be entitled to compensation for:
• Past and future medical and hospital bills
• Loss of income
• Loss of earning capacity
• Pain and suffering
• Mental and emotional trauma
Vape products can be dangerous to anyone who uses them, but children and teens are at a greater risk. If you believe that vaping may have caused you or a loved one to get addicted, sick, or injured, you may have legal options. You or your loved one may qualify for monetary compensation if vaping harmed you.
To learn more, contact Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. today. If you or someone you love suffered from a vaping-related illness or nicotine addiction, our New York vaping injury attorneys may be able to help.
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