E-cigarette Risks — Know the Truth
E-cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, vape pens, vapes, and electronic nicotine delivery systems became popular almost a decade ago and were initially marked as an improved alternative to regular cigarette smoking. The reality, however, is a lot more intricate. In the year 2008, the World Health Organization came out against vaping, stating that e-cigarette smoking is not a trusted therapy for smokers who wish to quit smoking.
On August 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first victim of vaping after severe lung disease was seen among those who used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. According to CDC Director, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, “Vaping exposes users to many different substances for which we have little information about related harms – including flavorings, nicotine, cannabinoids, and solvents”. CDC is in fact, currently working closely with other health departments to understand about various illnesses among young adults and adolescents.
How E-cigarettes Work:
E-cigarettes produce aerosol by heating liquids which contain flavorings, chemicals, and nicotine. Users smoke and inhale aerosol into their lungs. When the users exhale it into the air, people around also inhale it. These devices are also used to inhale marijuana and other drugs.
Risks and Health Hazards Associated With E-cigarettes
Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine which is the harmful addictive drug found in traditional cigarettes. What’s worse is, an e-cigarette user can consume greater quantity of nicotine more than they can absorb from other tobacco products. This can be done by merely increasing the voltage of e-cigarettes to get a greater hit from the nicotine. Usually considered highly addictive, nicotine dependence eventually leads to compulsive use of e-cigarettes.
Are NOT Risk-Free:
Though it’s generally agreed that these products cause lesser harm than cigarettes, there’s no evidence to prove it. Rather, most research bodies are stating that e-cigarettes may lead to negative health consequences, such as:
- Damage to the brain and lungs
- Heart attacks
- Stillbirths in pregnant women
- Growth of cancerous tumors
Transfers Infectious Diseases:
Sharing an e-cigarette with other smokers increases the chances of transferring viruses and diseases from one to the other.
Unfortunately, among the youth, e-cigarettes are a rage, mainly because teens are under the impression that vaping causes less harm than smoking. Also, e-cigarettes are not as expensive as traditional cigarettes.
Preventive Measures taken by Alabama Government
Considering the harmful effects of vaping, the State of Alabama has begun stringent regulations for retailers who sell vape. As per the new law in Alabama:
- Any promotion or advertisement of nicotine products near schools, youth centers, childcare facilities, libraries, playgrounds or parks is prohibited
- Selling of any nicotine-based products under the age of 19 is restricted
- E-cigarettes and other vape products come under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
- According to critics, fruit-flavored vapes attract young users. Therefore, billboard advertising of three flavors – tobacco, menthol, and mint is restricted
- Most importantly, advertising of e-cigarettes as a healthy option to replace smoking is strictly barred
If you or someone you love has become a victim of this troubling addiction, you could be entitled to take action. This may include filing a claim against retailers and manufacturers who sell dangerous e-cigarettes and e-cigarette products to minors and youth. Our personal injury attorneys in Montgomery at the Law Offices of Manley Traeger rigorously represent clients who’ve been injured due to vaping.
We are driven by the goal to obtain maximum compensation for all the losses incurred, including medical bills, emotional pain and suffering, and lost wages.