When e-cigarettes and vaping devices first appeared on the market, many
advertisements claimed that they were safe alternatives to tobacco cigarettes
and other addictive products. A wide variety of colors and flavors soon
hit the market, many of which tasted or smelled like candy, attracting
children and young teens. As can be predicted, this has led to some new
health issues and concerns.
Research has shown that as e-cigarettes have increased in popularity, the
number of child poisoning cases has also increased. In 2014, a toddler
in New York consumed e-cigarette liquid and passed away from the toxic
substance. According to the National Poison Data System, child poisonings
from nicotine in e-cigarettes rose from 6 in a month (2013) to
223 in a month (2015). This is about seven young children each day, most of
them under the age of 2.
A bill has recently moved up to President Obama that would require child-resistant
packaging for e-cigarette liquids. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
has drafted rules to ban e-cigarettes from minors. There is nothing to
stop the companies from creating “kid-friendly” flavors, such
as cotton candy or bubblegum, though.
Changing the packaging or discoursing use in minors is only a partial solution
when it comes to the dangers of e-cigarettes. Some studies are suggesting
that the nicotine levels in e-cigarettes and the mixture of chemicals
in the liquids can be just as harmful as the concoction found in typical
cigarettes. Until more research is conducted and more regulations are
enacted, e-cigarettes will continue to be a health hazard for children
If you or your child have fallen ill due to e-cigarette usage or consumption,
you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your medical
bills or losses.
Contact Williams DeClark Tuschman and our Toledo personal injury attorneys for a
free case evaluation.