For years e-cigarettes have been touted by manufacturers as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco. However, new reports and research are fueling the debate about whether this is actually true. As e-cigarette use among teenagers and young adults is on the rise, there is more and more concern about the safety and effectiveness of the product.
Roughly half a million Americans die each year from smoking-related causes. Some public health officials believe that, despite the fact that there are health risks associated with e-cigarette use, the risks are not as serious as those associated with smoking regular cigarettes. However, a 2018 report noted that little is known about the long-term health effects of e-cigarette usage. In addition, the disturbing trend of use among teens who never smoked before indicates that there are other underlying issues.
Potential Health Risks
Now many public health experts are more alarmed by the possible health effects of e-cigarette use. Recently reported acute illnesses show that more than 2,400 people have been injured, and 50 people have died due to lung illnesses caused by e-cigarettes. A paper published in 2019 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicated that there might be a link between e-cigarettes and respiratory illness. Researchers stated that the product should not be recommended and that, in fact, e-cigarette use lowered the odds of successfully quitting smoking.
It was also noted in the paper that the majority of people who use e-cigarettes also continue to smoke combustible cigarettes. Participating in both activities led to an even greater increase in respiratory illness. It also demonstrates the ineffectiveness of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool. E-cigarettes have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as smoking cessation devices.
In addition, there is the fact that with most smoking cessation devices, the smoker discontinues the use of the product once they have quit smoking. Users of e-cigarettes usually continue to use them even after they are done smoking combustible cigarettes. This means that they have not discontinued the use of tobacco and could experience long-term health effects.
Contact a Trusted Attorney
If you’ve been injured the use of e-cigarettes such as Juul, you should consult with an experienced product liability attorney. Gregg Goldfarb has over 20 years of experience helping people injured by dangerous products. Contact him online or call 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.