Over the past decade, e-cigarette use has skyrocketed, with it being the most commonly consumed tobacco product among U.S. youth. The move toward e-cigarette use was due in large part to the fact that e-cigarettes were believed to be a safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Indeed, according to a report by the U.S. Surgeon General, a significant portion of e-cigarette users classify themselves as “former smokers” who picked up the habit again once e-cigarettes became prevalent.
According to a recent study, however, e-cigarettes may pose a significant risk to users’ health. The study was conducted by a group of researchers at the New York University School of Medicine. The researchers exposed lab mice to a vapor that contained nicotine, similar in both content and amount to the vapor that is released by e-cigarettes.
At the conclusion of the study, researchers discovered that the DNA contained in the lungs, hearts, and bladders of the exposed lab mice suffered DNA damage. What’s more, the normal DNA repair processes were hindered. After conducting further analysis on human lung and bladder cells, the researchers confirmed that the vapor had the same halting effect on the DNA repair processes.
In summary, the researchers concluded that e-cigarette smoke “is carcinogenic and that e-cig smokers have a higher risk than non-smokers to develop lung and bladder cancer and heart diseases.” With that said, this is just one of the early studies looking into the potential harmful effects of e-cigarettes, and further research will likely be necessary to establish the extent of the risks involved.
Liability Based on Dangerous Products
In Florida, product manufacturers are responsible for the safety of their products when used as directed. The failure of a manufacturer to provide an adequate warning renders the product defective. Thus, liability can be based either on a theory of strict liability or on a theory of negligence, depending on the specific facts of the case. A strict liability analysis does not require that the plaintiff establish that the manufacturer was negligent, whereas a negligence analysis does contain an element of fault.
Anyone injured by a dangerous product should consult with a dedicated South Florida personal injury attorney to discuss their case and determine if they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Are You in Need of an Experienced Attorney?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured due to a dangerous product, you may be entitled to monetary compensation through a South Florida product liability case. The dedicated South Florida personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Friedman, Rodman & Frank have extensive experience assisting injured clients and their families with pursuing the compensation they deserve from the responsible parties. We handle Florida product liability cases against manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Call 877-448-8585 to schedule your free consultation today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are successful in helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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