Over 450 cases of severe lung illnesses are currently being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) following a growing number of deaths related to the use of e-cigarettes. The CDC urges e-cigarette users to refrain from using the devices as it investigates these cases.
“It is time to stop vaping,” Kansas State Health Officer and Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Dr. Lee Norman said. “If you or a loved on is vaping, please stop. The recent deaths across our country, combined with hundreds of reported lung injury cases continue to intensify.”
The market history for e-cigarettes is a classic story of companies rushing to have consumers use their products before they can guarantee that their products are safe. We have seen it countless times across major industries and inevitably the greed and recklessness of these manufacturers results in the injuries of innocent people.
“We are committed to finding out what is making people sick,” CDC director Robert Redfield said.
Along with the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is encouraging continued reporting on seizures related to e-cigarette use.
“We’re committed to monitoring the issue closely and taking additional steps as necessary to protect the public, especially our nation’s youth, from the dangers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, “Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D., said.
Questions about how e-cigarettes and vaping are injuring people abound. Online, theories are circulating from a wide variety of sources. While some suspect that these injuries may be related to vitamin E acetate in some vaping products, it is important to note that the CDC and FDA have not reached a determination on the issue.
What is clear is that people are being injured and officials are working diligently to determine the exact cause. At the same time, their warning to cease use of e-cigarette and vaping products may save lives.
If you or a loved one believe you have been injured due to the fault of another, contact our law firm to learn more about protecting your legal rights.