Serving Clients In Claims Against Tobacco Companies
For decades, tobacco companies failed to warn people about the dangers associated with using their product or about the addictive nature of their product. In fact, until very recently, cigarette companies would market the sale of “light” or “ultralight” cigarettes, as though these types of cigarettes were somehow less harmful than other types of cigarettes. As a result of the tobacco companies’ lies, countless individuals have suffered horrific diseases, including:
- Lung cancer
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart disease
Many of these diseases are fatal, while many other people have had a compromised quality of life due to these diseases.
Tobacco Litigation Today
While many tobacco companies have settled class action claims in recent years, there is still ongoing litigation against the tobacco companies, both in individual claims or in class actions. For instance, current and former smokers are bringing claims against tobacco companies such as American Spirit. American Spirit uses or has used words such as “natural”, “organic” and “additive free” in its marketing. These claims are deceptive, and indicate that American Spirit cigarettes are somehow healthier than other types of cigarettes, even though that is not possible.
While not technically a tobacco product, so-called electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have gained popularity in recent years. Instead of lighting tobacco, e-cigarettes warm up liquefied nicotine, turning it into vapor that can be inhaled. Unfortunately, these devices have been known to explode, causing catastrophic injuries to users.
Furthermore, new research has shown some vape cartridges have been known to cause what is known as an EVALI (electronic cigarette or vape associated lung injury). Because of this, a growing number of cities throughout the country have banned vape products altogether.
If You Have Been Harmed By Tobacco Use, Get In Touch
We are the injury lawyers of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP. Our attorneys have represented individuals and families in a wide array of product liability claims. If you or someone you love has been harmed due to tobacco or e-cigarette use, we can look at your legal options.