Vaping Linked to Increased Rates of Stroke and Heart Attacks
Vaping devices quickly gained popularity with consumers after electronic cigarettes were marketed as a safer alternative to traditional smoking in 2007. However, after securing a consumer market of now more than 41 million users, many of them children and young adults, e-cigarettes and vapes became linked to sudden illnesses and deaths.
Now, health officials are questioning manufacturer claims about their safety.
Vaping can increase chances of stroke, heart attack, and heart disease
A federal report found that people who use e-cigarettes increase their risk for stroke by 71 percent, heart attack or angina by 59 percent, and heart disease by 40 percent. Other studies have also linked the use of electronic nicotine consumption to an increased likeliness of depression, anxiety, and other mental and emotional health problems.
These studies are just some of many that are highlighting the health risks associated with the use of vaping devices. With several deaths and hundreds of cases of mysterious lung disease now being linked to vaping, it is likely that we will continue to find more harmful effects related to the use of e-cigarettes.
Vape companies target children and young adults
The most alarming part of these vaping-related health concerns is the age group that is using them. Similar to how traditional tobacco companies had targeted younger populations for “life-long” users, e-pen manufacturers seem to be taking on the same marketing method. Their approach is working, too.
The use of e-cigarettes by high schoolers has increased by 75% since 2017, while a 900 percent increase of vaping in young people overall has been reported between 2011 and 2015.
Many companies that manufacture vaping devices have utilized social media campaigns, music festival sponsorships, kid-friendly flavors, and other marketing tactics to entice middle schoolers, high schoolers, and young adults to purchase and use their products.
Other safety risks
Aside from the possibility of severe and potentially deadly health issues, vaping can also cause other immediate harm, injuries, and even death with exploding batteries. Most e-cigarettes use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to heat up and convert the liquid into vaporized air particles that can be inhaled.
Certain batteries have a history of exploding by themselves or in devices such as cell phones, hoverboards, and e-cigarettes. At least 64% of reported e-cigarette explosions in 2017 led to injuries or death.
Filing suit against vaping companies
At Chaffin Luhana, we believe that vaping companies should be held responsible for their false statements, unethical marketing practices, and dangerous products. This is why we are helping families and individuals who have been harmed by use of vaping devices stand up to the big, multi-billion-dollar industry and fight for monetary damages.
If you or your child has been using a vape device or e-cigarettes, you may be eligible for compensation by filing a vaping lawsuit.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation to learn more about your rights and to see if filing a lawsuit is the next right step for you and your family.