Rhode Island Vaping Injury and E-Cigarette Injury Lawyers
Updated October 30th, 2019
The State of Rhode Island Department of Health has confirmed that two individuals were treated by doctors in Rhode Island for lung injuries associated with the use of e-cigarettes, or "vaping." As reported by the Providence Journal on 10/3/19, the two cases are now among the pool of "confirmed and probable cases" tallied by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To read more about the recent cases click through to see the article in the Providence Journal HERE.
Rhode Island has just recently announced the ban of flavored vaping product from state stores. The ban came as an executive order from Governor Gina Raimondo with emergency regulations lasting 120 days with an option extension for 60 additional days. Unlike the Massachusetts ban, which prohibits the sale of all vaping products, Rhode Island has limited the ban to flavored vape products. RI Governor Raimondo said her executive order is focused on protecting children, who she says are the targets of vaping sales.
What are Vaping and E-Cigarette Injuries?
According to a Mayo Clinic study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on October 2nd, 2019, research has found that lung injuries from vaping are most likely caused by direct toxicity or tissue damage from noxious chemical fumes. According to the study, the injuries examined are similar to what one might find with exposures to toxic chemical fumes, poisonous gasses, and toxic agents. Of the 17 biopies examined in the study, all of the patients had vaped, and 71% had vaped with marijuana or cannabis oils. Additionally, all showed acute lung injury, including pneumonitis, and two of the patients died.
How Do I Know If I Have a Rhode Island Vaping Injury Case?
To start the legal process, contact the attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. for a free, no obligation consultation about your injuries or your Rhode Island vaping injury case. Please use our contact form to the right or call us 24 hours a day at (401) 228-8271.
Some of the questions our attorneys will ask to determine if you have a Rhode Island vaping or e-cigarette injury case are:
- Were you treated at a local Rhode Island hospital for a vaping or e-cigarette related lung injury? Local Rhode Island hospitals include Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Hasbro Childrens Hospital, Kent County Memorial Hospital, Newport Hospital, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Roger Williams Medical Center, South County Hospital, Westerly Hospital, Women and Infants Hospital
- Did you purchase a vaping product, e-cigarette product, or JUUL product in Rhode Island that caused a lung injury? The most popular vape products in 2019 are the Kanger Tech, GeekVape, Eleaf, Aspire, Sigelei, Wismec, SMOK, or Vaperfi
How Can a Rhode Island Vaping Injury Lawyer Help?
The only way for injured parties to be made whole again, at least financially, is by filing a civil lawsuit and forcing the vaping industry to take responsibility for their actions and to provide compensation to their injured customers. Marin and Barrett, Inc. is currently accepting e-cigarette and vaping injury clients in Rhode Island and if you or a loved one has been injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.
What Impact Will Rhode Island's Flavor Ban Have on Vaping Injuries?
On October 4th, 2019, the Rhode Island Department of Health issued "emergency health regulations banning the sale of flavored" electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The ban on flavored e-cigarettes will be in effect for 120 days and can be extended for an additional 60 days.
According to research from The Heartland Institute, a 2017-2018 California Youth Tobacco Survey found that despite flavor restrictions in some localities, youth use of e-cigarettes in those areas had increased after the bas went into place. Santa Clara County, CA, banned flavor tobacco product sales to age-restricted stores in 2014. Despite this, youth e-cigarette use increased while the ban was in effect. Fin 2015 to 2016, 7.5% of Santa Clara high school students reported current use of e-cigarettes. In 2017 to 2018, that number increased to 10.7%.
Moreover, regulated vaping and e-cigarette devices have been on the market for years and currently no single product has been identified as causing the recent rash of vaping-related injuries and hospitalizations. Most States and the CDC have linked hospitalizations to the use of products containing TCH. To read more about The Heartland Institute study and related research, follow this link to their most recent publication: https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research--commentary-rhode-islands-flavor-ban-unlikely-to-impact-vaping-hospitalizations-as-more-states-link-illnesses-to-thc-products
Contact Our Local Vaping Injury Attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. For Legal Assistance
If you have experienced an injury from vaping, e-cigarette, or JUUL use please contact us today. Common vaping injury symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal pain, fever, and weight loss. Our local attorneys can review your case and your symptoms and help to determine if you are the victim of a vaping product or manufacturer. Don't delay, contact us today so we can take action on your behalf.