NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bernstein Liebhard LLP has launched a new E Cigarette Registry (http://www.ecigregistry.com/) to track adverse events potentially associated with the use of electronic cigarettes. The Firm invites visitors to ecigregistry.com to report serious health issues they suspect were caused by exposure to E Cigarettes, including hospitalizations for:
- Nicotine poisoning
- Heart attack
- Atrial fibrillation
- Congestive heart failure
- Burns from E Cigarette explosions
"In light of the increased regulatory interest in these products, our Firm has begun an investigation into the potential health effects of electronic cigarettes. We very much want to hear from anyone who experienced serious side effects that could have been caused by E Cigarettes," says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs, medical devices and consumer products. The Firm urges anyone who may have been harmed by an electronic cigarette to report their experience to its new E Cigarette registry as soon as possible.
E Cigarette Health Problems
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), E Cigarettes have not been fully studied, so their potential risks and benefits are not completely understood. It is also unclear how much nicotine or other harmful chemicals are being inhaled during their use. Finally, it's not known if electronic cigarettes will lead young people to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes.
According to an analysis that appeared in the April 3rd issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the number of calls to poison centers involving E Cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. More than half of the calls to poison centers due to electronic cigarettes involved young children under age 5, and about 42 percent of the poison calls involved people age 20 and older
In April 2014, Reuters reported that the number of complaints made to the FDA involving E Cigarettes had spiked over the prior year. Between March 2013 and 2014, the agency logged at least 50 such complaints. The FDA had received roughly the same number of reports during the previous five years combined. Some of the adverse events reported to the agency included serious heart and respiratory problems, as well as burns and nicotine toxicity.
According to the FDA, it also regularly receives adverse event reports relating to electronic cigarettes, including incidents of hospitalizations for pneumonia, congestive heart failure and other issues.* In April, the agency proposed new regulations that would extend its regulatory authority to cover additional products that meet the legal definition of a tobacco product, including E Cigarettes. Because of the interest in this issue, the FDA extended the public comment period on its proposal to August 8, 2014. Members of the public who wish to comment electronically may do so at http://www.regulations.gov.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is seeking to hear from anyone who may have been harmed by an E Cigarette, especially those who experienced serious issues involving hospitalizations for nicotine poisoning, burns, heart attack, stroke, atrial fibrillation, or pneumonia. To make a report, or to learn more about the health questions surrounding electronic cigarettes, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's new website. Reports may also be made directly to the Firm by calling (888) 340-4807
About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $3 billion on behalf of our clients. The Firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs' Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list every year since it was first published in 2003.
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