E-Cigarettes Now Subject to FDA Regulation

E-cigarettes will now be under FDA regulation, along with other tobacco products including hookahs, cigars and pipe tobacco. The decision was announced on the heels of dozens of reports of e-cigarettes causing injuries.

Last month, an Orange County man lost his left eye after his e-cigarette exploded and shot debris at his head. Joe Cavins suffered smashed sinus bones and shrapnel to his eyeball after the battery in his e-cigarette blew up next to him in his Irvine home office on April 15.

The new regulations will require oversight of the nicotine that goes into the e-cigarettes and regulation of some of the batteries used in the devices. It will also force manufacturers to show what ingredients are used in their products and to use child-resistant packaging to protect children from poisoning themselves. According to the CDC, there has been a significant increase in calls to poison control centers due to young children ingesting the e-cigarette liquid or getting it in their eyes or on their skin.

While the FDA regulations will be an improvement to what has for years been a largely unregulated industry, Cavins believes there is a larger problem being overlooked. The manufacturing of the components used in e-cigarettes will not be regulated under the new law, and Cavins believes this leaves a gap in ensuring the safety of the devices.

“The new FDA regulations are a good first step in combating the issue of e-cigarette injuries,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured by a defective product and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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