Once touted as a “healthy” alternative to conventional tobacco use, evidence that e-cigarettes pose significant dangers of their own is increasing. From exploding batteries to the poisoning of children and pets, e-cigarettes have resulted in hundreds of hospitalizations throughout the United States. Now, evidence that e-cigarette liquid (known as “vape juice”) is linked to vascular problems and heart complications has been added to the growing concerns over the safety of vape juice, which include cellular damage that can lead to cancer.
Turns out, e-cigarettes are a far cry from the miracle alternative they were once believed to be.
Are Vape Juice Manufacturers Liable?
Exploding e-cigarette batteries are often defective by design or poorly manufactured. This makes filing a product liability lawsuit against the companies that make them fairly straightforward. But what about vape juice? Are those manufacturers liable for damages related to their product?
Vape juice manufacturers have been sued for failure to disclose ingredients, poor manufacturing practices, lack of oversight, and knowingly including cancer-causing agents in their formulas. If you have used e-cigarettes and are now facing the consequences, including behavioral changes, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The best way to determine if you are eligible to take legal action against a vape juice manufacturer is through a one-on-one consultation with one of the experienced product liability attorneys at our Redondo Beach office. During this meeting, we will review your injuries, discuss all of your options, and help you decide if legal action is in your best interests.
It is important to remember that many of the chemicals found in vape juice are deemed “safe” by the FDA. However, very little has been done to study what happens when these chemicals are vaporized and inhaled. Mounting evidence may indicate that these liquids, once considered a smart alternative for smokers, pose dangers similar to analog cigarettes, which could make those vape juice manufacturers who touted their products as “safe” liable for any damages they cause. Manufacturers of vape juice, according to the FDA, include retail shops that mix or modify their own liquids.
In addition to potentially misleading claims about the safety of their products, e-cigarette manufacturers who claimed the products were for smoking cessation may be liable for injuries caused by long-term use. While some smokers have found success quitting with e-cigarettes, there is no evidence that these devices assist in tobacco cessation. In fact, there is mounting evidence that e-cigarettes are highly addictive and use among teens has skyrocketed. There is no way, as of yet, to truly know the risks of e-cigarette use over the course of several years, but if these recent studies are any indication, they are potentially deadly.
The product liability attorneys at Kirtland & Packard have decades of experience helping victims of dishonest and irresponsible companies. If you are in need of help, call 310-536-1000 to schedule a free consultation today. We serve the South Bay area, including Torrance, from our offices in Redondo Beach.