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St. Louis E-Cigarette Injury Lawsuit Attorney 

The use of electronic cigarettes—also called e-cigarettes or e-cigs—is becoming increasingly popular. E-cigs were initially marketed as a way to help people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarette devices aren’t currently regulated by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), so many consumer safety protections don’t apply. Many people throughout the world are being seriously injured when e-cigs and lithium-ion e-cig batteries explode. The explosions are causing serious burns and permanent disfigurement. A quick Google search reveals the shocking number of terrifying explosions.

What is an E-Cigarette?

E-cigs are an electronic device that simulates smoking a cigarette. The device uses a lithium-ion battery to heat up a coil inside that turns the e-cig juice into a vapor. The e-cig user inhales the vapor the same way a tobacco cigarette smoker inhales cigarette smoke. Some e-cigarette liquids contain tobacco, but many are tobacco-free and contain a non-FDA approved liquid juice mixture. E-cigarette batteries are often charged by plugging them into a USB device, the same way a smart phone is charged. The e-cigarette space is becoming huge business, bringing in an over $2 billion a year. The tobacco industry anticipates e-cigarette sales to overtake tobacco cigarette sales in the United States by the year 2020.

The FDA’s Stance on Electronic Cigarettes

Currently, the FDA admits, “E-cigarettes have not been fully studied.” Because of this, the FDA reports consumers ARE NOT aware of the following:

  • The potential risks of using e-cigarettes;
  • The dangers associated with the lithium-ion batteries used to charge the devices;
  • The amount of nicotine or other harmful chemicals inhaled when using e-cigarettes;
  • If there are any benefits associated with using e-cigarettes (such as if it actually helps people stop smoking cigarettes).

Side Effects of Smoking Electronic Cigarettes

While the FDA has not regulated electronic cigarettes, it does report the following side effects related to smoking electronic cigarettes:

  • Headaches/nausea/dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Breathing problems/asthma
  • Irregular heartbeat/risks of congestive heart failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Seizures
  • Popcorn lung disease (scarring inside the lungs)

Do I Have an E-Cigarette Injury Lawsuit?

Page Law is currently investigating injuries related to e-cigarettes nationwide. If you have been injured by and e-cig explosion or a lithium-ion battery explosion, it’s important to take immediate action. Call our aggressive and respected injury lawyers for an immediate free consultation at (314) 322-8515.

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