E-cigarette and vaping products have been on the market for over a decade now. Once touted as safer alternatives to traditional cigarettes, vape products have now been linked to a rising number of lung diseases and deaths across the country. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning attorneys are ready to help if you or a loved one have become ill after vaping. We are taking these cases across the state of Florida (and nationwide). With the resources necessary to take on big companies, we are here when you need an e-cigarette attorney. Let us secure the compensation you deserve.
Vaping illnesses are rising across the US
The number of illnesses related to e-cigarette use is rising rapidly in the US. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now tracking these cases and keeping an updated list of the illnesses and fatalities. In a statement, the CDC said that “The use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, products are unsafe for all ages, including youth and young adults.”
Healthcare providers around the country have reported a range of symptoms in patients, including:
- Breathing difficulty
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
Dozens of people have lost their lives at the time of this writing, though that number is expected to rise.
Which companies should you be aware of?
You will see dozens of brands of e-cigarette sold at retailers across the US, including the following popular items:
- Blu E-Cigs
- Om Vapors
- Green Smoke
- Mig 21 Clear Fusion
- VaporFi VAIO
- Morpheus E-Cigs
Are these products regulated by the FDA or CDC?
The US Food and Drug Administration is tasked with regulating these products but has so far done little more than ban e-cigarette sales to minors. E-cigarette companies have until mid-2020 to submit their products for official approval, though regulators are investigating why so many people are becoming ill.
These companies targeted youth
The FDA has issued strong warnings to the manufactures of e-cigarettes for their tactics in targeting youth, including their use of flavors like fruit, cotton candy, and mint. In a recent year, the rise of vaping among high schoolers increased by 78% and among middle schoolers by 48%.
It is time to get to work on your case
If you or a loved one have fallen ill or been injured after using an e-cigarette or vaping product, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The nationally-recognized firm Colson Hicks Eidson is taking on the big e-cigarette companies. When we have an injured client, we work to secure the compensation they deserve. This can include:
- Cost of all medical bills related to the vaping illness
- Recovery of income lost if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against the e-cigarette company