Vape products have become exceedingly popular across the country. As popularity rises, so do the number of related medical concerns and issues. Unfortunately for injury victims, there is very little research available to diagnosis their conditions and formulate an effective treatment plan. Some patients have even died from complex lung diseases.
In order to get ahead of the vaping crisis and help afflicted individuals, scientists and researchers are looking into the matter night and day. While we can’t know everything yet, we do know that vaping is dangerous. As time passes, it’s likely that more information will be made available to the public regarding the potential harms.
What We Know About the Dangers of Vaping
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, vaping is bad for your health. This is primarily because of the presence of nicotine, which causes high blood pressure, spiked adrenaline, increased heart rate, and an addiction to smoking.
In fact, electronic cigarettes are just as addictive as traditional ones, if not more so. This is because users can get even more nicotine from the product, especially if they buy extra-strength cartridges. While vapes were originally marketed as a smoking cessation tool, they have not received FDA approval. Early studies show that those who try to kick a nicotine habit with a vape end up continuing to smoke both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
One of the biggest dangers of vaping so far is the fact that they are more popular than traditional tobacco products with younger people. Nicotine is known to have an impact on underdeveloped brains. The brain continues to develop until age 25, but nicotine impacts mood, impulse control, learning abilities, and more.
Investigating Unknown E-Cig Dangers
There are a number of unknowns related to the dangers of vaping. The concerns revolve around who is at the highest risk for developing injuries or conditions, the long-term effects on lungs and other organs, and the impact it could have on brains that are still developing.
While there are approximately 600 ingredients and 7,000 chemicals in a single cigarette, the most popular e-cig on the market, JUUL, only contains five: glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine, good-grade flavoring, and benzoic acid. This has contributed to the misconception that e-cigs are safer than traditional cigarettes; however, there’s no way to know the effects of inhaling those five ingredients for an extended period of time.
While researchers may be able to conduct studies that simulate long-term vaping use on lungs, it’s challenging to predict how people will really be affected until time passes. It’s likely we won’t have a complete understanding of the possible consequences of vaping for decades.
Report Problems with Tobacco Products to the FDA
If you’ve personally had issues as a result of vaping, like a health or safety issue, you can report your problem to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) using their Safety Reporting Portal. Common health or safety problems include fires, burns, poisonings, allergic reactions, accidental exposures to children, and other injuries.
In order to get ahead of the issues vaping causes, the FDA is interested in reports from consumers, manufacturers, health professionals, and clinical investigators. If you have information on vaping products that are damaged, defective, contaminated, or smell or taste wrong, reporting the issue can incite an important investigation.
When you report information, include as much of the following information as you can:
- The affected person
- Brand, model, and serial number of the device
- Where the purchase was made
- Whether the device was modified in any way
- Symptoms or warnings before the adverse experience
- Details regarding use and exposure
- Specific details about the injury
- Health history
- Continued/discontinued use
The FDA will use your report to build a more comprehensive understanding of the harmful nature of vaping and identify new or concerning trends. Your report could lead to a better understanding of the short-term and long-term implications of vaping.
While the FDA works on discovering more about the dangers of vaping, you have the right to take legal action to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. At Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, we’re staying up-to-date on all the latest news regarding vaping lawsuits. We can help you file a claim and build a strong case on your behalf that proves you were wronged by a negligent manufacturer. But, filing a lawsuit is a complex process. The sooner your claim is filed, the sooner you’ll be able to put the matter behind you. To learn more about your legal rights and compensation eligibility, schedule a free consultation with our attorneys today.