E-cigarettes are marketed and advertised as a safe alternative to cigarettes and as a way to quit smoking. The marketing is somewhat misleading. E-cigarettes can be dangerous, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). E-cigarettes contain liquid nicotine cartridges that can break and expose users directly to toxic and potentially fatal liquid nicotine. The cartridges come in popular flavors, so they’re attractive to curious children. In several incidents, children have reportedly opened the cartridges and swallowed liquid nicotine. Inhaling the fumes or absorption through the skin or eyes can also cause nicotine poisoning. In a 2014 press release, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said, “E-cigarette liquids as currently sold are a threat to small children because they are not required to be childproof, and they come in candy and fruit flavors that are appealing to children.”
According to CDC statistics, the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarettes rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. More than half of those calls involved the nicotine poisoning of children under age 5. The most common poisoning symptoms cited in those calls were vomiting, nausea, and eye irritation. If nicotine poisoning from E-cigarettes happens to you or your child, get some legal help. In the Pasadena and Los Angeles area, speak at once with an experienced Pasadena product liability attorney.
Those injured by e-cigarette-related nicotine poisoning may be able to receive compensation for their medical treatment and related damages. An experienced Pasadena product liability attorney can assess your case and provide the legal advice and guidance you need. If you or someone in your family is injured using any consumer product, don’t wait. After you’ve received medical attention, arrange as quickly as possible to speak with an experienced Pasadena product liability attorney.