If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to the harmful effects of cigarettes, contact Attorney Group for more information about your options.
We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. If you wish to pursue a claim, we can connect you with a tobacco lawsuit attorney who can file a lawsuit on your behalf.
For more than 50 years, tobacco users, their families and government entities have been filing lawsuits against tobacco companies due to the products’ connection with various types of cancer and other diseases.
A tobacco lawsuit may be an option for people who smoked cigarettes and other tobacco products and developed lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Since the 1950s, doctors and other medical professionals have linked cigarettes and smoking to lung cancer and other diseases, such as heart disease. Although scientific evidence has suggested a link between cigarettes and lung cancer for many years, tobacco companies continually fought lawsuits brought against them. Affected individuals and their families may be able to pursue compensation with the help of a product liability attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group. We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a case we can connect you with an affiliated tobacco lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Have You Seen a Tobacco Lawsuit Commercial?
You may have seen a tobacco lawsuit commercial on television and wondered whether you or a loved one have been affected by cigarettes and smoking and, if so, whether you are eligible to pursue a claim against the manufacturer or others. The purpose of this article is to provide you with additional information so that you have a better understanding of your options.
Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
Cigarettes and other tobacco products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Family Smoking and Prevention Control Act, a federal statute passed by the United States Congress in 2009. Prior to FDA regulation, tobacco products were primarily controlled by individual states and congressional regulation.
Key statistics and facts regarding the use of cigarettes in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services include:
- In 2015, an estimated 15.1 percent of all adults in the U.S. (36.5 million people) smoke cigarettes
- Each day, more than 3,200 under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette
- Each day, over 2,000 youth and young adults are estimated to become daily cigarette smokers
- The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year to advertise their products
Total economic cost of smoking is more than $300 billion per year, including $170 billion in direct medical care costs for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and secondhand smoke exposure.
Smoking and Health Risks
There are a number of risks associated with and linked to cigarette smoking. According to the CDC, tobacco use leads to disease and disability and is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
In a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cigarette smoking is reportedly responsible for nearly 6 million deaths worldwide.
In the United States, more than 480,000 people die each year from cigarette smoking, including more than 41,000 deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke. Likewise, smoking causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries and firearm-related incidents combined.
Smoking is also estimated to increase to increase the risk for coronary disease, stroke and lung cancer.
Smoking and Cancer
Cigarette smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body, including:
- Blood (acute myeloid leukemia)
- Colon and rectum (colorectal)
- Kidney and ureter
- Oropharynx (includes part of the throat, tongue, soft palate and tonsils)
- Trachea, bronchus and lung
According to the CDC, cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer and is linked to approximately 80 to 90 percent of lung cancers in the United States. Additionally, people who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke.
Other Smoking Risks
Smoking has the potential to harm every organ of the body, affecting a person’s overall health. According to the CDC, other serious health risks linked to cigarettes and smoking include:
- Risks associated with pregnancy, including preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS or crib death), ectopic pregnancy and orofacial clefts in infants
- Problems affecting men’s sperm, which can lead to a reduction in fertility and an increase for birth defects and miscarriage
- Greater risks affecting bone health
- Tooth loss
- Increased risk for cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, a condition characterized by damage to a small spot near the center of the retina
- Risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Adverse effects such as inflammation and decreased immune function
- Risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels as well as the lungs. Cigarette smoking is the cause of most cases of lung cancer as well as lung diseases related to smoking, including COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Do I have a Tobacco Lawsuit?
Preston Law is currently accepting Cashmere Bouquet induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with lung cancer due to tobacco, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at 1-866-953-6736.
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