John Uustal appears in Inside Edition: Man Left in Coma after E-Cigarette Explosion Warns: “These Things Are Deadly”
Many people have been turning to e-cigarettes in recent years when they want to quit smoking. The public has been led to believe that this is a much healthier option, and those who use e-cigarettes are doing so in an effort to break themselves from the grip of addiction. The last thing they expected was for this “safe” alternative to put them in the hospital much more quickly than traditional cigarettes. Read the article and watch the video on Inside Edition. Miami and Fort Lauderdale residents tuned in to Channel 7 to see Attorney John Uustal featured on Inside Edition to talk about the dangers of e-cigarettes. Kelley/Uustal has already drafted a complaint and intends to file suit later this month in a case involving a 21-year-old Naples man who was severely injured by his e-cigarette. The young man was at home in Naples when he attempted to use the device, just as he had many times before, when it exploded with heat and battery acid in his face. He suffered third degree burns on his face, mouth, neck, and esophagus, and was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, where he had surgery and spent a week in the burn unit. For most of the week he was intubated and in a medically induced coma. In the past three years alone, there have been at least 30 cases of e-cigarette fires/explosions caused mostly by faulty batteries. Kelley/Uustal has long taken an active stance against the e-cigarette industry, largely because the long-term effects of the devices are not well enough understood to be considered a “safe” alternative to cigarettes. Now, with the added danger of e-cigarettes catching fire or exploding during charging or use, there is even more reason to avoid them. Millions of people worldwide use e-cigarettes. If they are going to be touted as safer alternatives to cigarettes, then a full safety investigation of explosion incidents is needed and government regulation is a must.