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Possible Health Effects of E-Cigarettes Prompt Lawmakers to Seek Ban on Electronic Cigarette Marketing to Minors, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
Date:8/6/2014

at would extend its regulatory authority to cover additional products that meet the legal definition of a tobacco product, including electronic cigarettes.** Members of the public who wish to comment electronically may do so at http://www.regulations.gov.

In April, Reuters noted that the number of reports involving serious heart and respiratory problems, as well as burns, nicotine poisoning, and other adverse events made to the FDA involving electronic cigarettes had risen sharply over the past 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.***

That same month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed 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. Over half of those calls involved young children under age 5, and about 42 percent of the poison calls involved people age 20 and older.****

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 report a problem to the Firm’s registry, or to learn more about the health questions surrounding electronic cigarettes, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Reports may also be made directly to the Firm by calling 800-511-5092.

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