As rates of cigarette smoking continue to decline in the U.S., Americans are turning to an alternative trend: e-cigarettes. So-called "vaping" has become immensely popular, with many users claiming (with almost no medical evidence) that these products are a healthy alternative to smoking tobacco.
Head down any aisle at the local pharmacy or beauty store, and you'll find a range of products marketed specifically to women of color. You'll find specialty relaxers, texturizers, shampoos, treatments, conditioners and much more, all intended for "textured" hair. This seems like a good thing, right? After all, African-American women spend $7.5 billion every year on hair care products, so it's a market that companies would be foolish to ignore.
When you buy a product from a reputable manufacturer, you have a reasonable expectation that they put the product through extensive testing to ensure it is safe. Most of the time, this happens just fine and we enjoy our goods without worrying about safety. However, there are times when manufacturers either deliberately cut corners or make mistakes that lead to injuries.
When you purchase products in this country, you do so with the expectation that they've been vetted for safety and that their reasonable use won't cause you injury. However, there are times when companies fail to warn consumers about risk and even go to great lengths to cover up injuries caused by the products they sell. When this happens, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) can step in and issue fines.