Vaping Crisis Raises New Liability And Insurance Issues

Law360 (October 3, 2019, 3:18 PM EDT) -- The statistics regarding the recent vaping-related lung illnesses plaguing the nation are staggering. The word “crisis” permeates the rhetoric. Some call it a public health emergency, or an outbreak. Some even suggest it’s the new opioid epidemic. As of Sept. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported over 800 cases of lung injury, across 46 states, along with more than 14 deaths.[1] The numbers compound daily. It is compelling. It gives us pause.

As with other product liability claims, all parts of the e-cigarette and cannabis vaping supply chain could be implicated, from manufacturers to retail and convenience...

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