There is still a debate about whether using electronic cigarettes is more of a healthy way to smoke. However, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration, products such as vape pens are not much different from traditional tobacco products. The FDA recently made it simpler for people in Texas and other states to report issues with any vape product, including a defective product that uses smokeless tobacco, cigars, cigarettes and hookahs.
Consumers can use the FDA's newly updated online tool to report problems with these products. The FDA's goal in making this tool available is to prevent unexpected health problems associated with the use of vape products. Consumers can report issues such as poisoning, allergic reactions, quality issues and burns, for example.
With the information reported to the FDA, the administration plans to create a comprehensive regulation program. This program is designed to ensure that all tobacco items have a proper level of oversight. Millions of young individuals are trying electronic cigarettes for the first time, so it may take a while to determine whether these devices are truly defective.
A defective product in Texas can unfortunately cause health issues and even lead to death depending on the severity of the defect and the injuries caused. If a person in Texas is hurt due to using a dangerous consumer product, he or she may decide to file a product liability claim, pursuing the reimbursement of monetary damages. Likewise, the family members of an individual who has died after using a defective product may choose to file a wrongful death claim in an effort to right the wrong that was reportedly done.
Source: theverge.com, "The FDA just made it easier to report defective e-cigarettes", Rich McCormick, June 9, 2016