E-cigarettes have become extremely popular since JUUL debuted on the market in 2017. Within the first year, e-cigarette use among high schoolers increased 78 percent (from 11.7 to 20%). JUUL currently holds over 50% of market share in an industry that could be worth $86.43 billion by 2025. Citizen watchdog groups, regulators, and litigants have alleged that JUUL has downplayed the dangerous health effects of their product, made false claims, and intentionally targeted children with their flavored pods and marketing materials.
Showard Law Firm is currently offering free case reviews for people who believe they may have been harmed by JUUL vape products. A successful lawsuit could result in damages paid to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other out-of-pocket costs associated with injuries caused by the product. We recommend you call as soon as possible, as the statute of limitations in your state restricts the amount of time you have to file a claim.
JUUL Side Effects
Consider the research that is already emerging about the negative health impact of JUUL e-cigarettes:
- Researchers found five cancer-causing toxins in the urine of 16-year-olds who used e-cigarettes.
- E-cigarette vapor increases pneumococcal adhesion to airways cells, increasing the risk of pneumonia.
- E-cigarette users are twice as likely to suffer from progressive respiratory COPD.
- When heated and inhaled, the buttery-tasting chemical diacetyl (found in e-cigs) has been linked to a deadly respiratory disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans, also known as “popcorn lung.”
- Toxic levels of nicotine content were found in an evaluation of 40 e-cigarette refill liquids.
- Most disturbingly, a 2019 study found that e-cigarette users had a higher risk of heart attack (56%), emotional problems like anxiety and depression (50%), circulatory failures like blood clots (44%), stroke (30%), and coronary artery disease (10%).
In addition to long-term use dangers, JUUL users are at risk for e-cigarette battery explosions. The media has reported on more than 316 incidents of e-cigarette batteries exploding, resulting in fires, severe burns, disfigurement, finger amputations, and at least three deaths.
If you were a Juul user who suffered serious harm, a product liability lawyer can investigate the circumstances to see whether your injuries may be traced back to the manufacturer’s negligence, strict liability (defective design and failure to warn), fraud, RICO violations, unjust enrichment, or deceptive and unfair trade practices.
Are JUUL Vape Pods Dangerous?
Nicotine toxicity is another concern for e-cigarettes, particularly the JUUL vape pods, which researchers from Stanford University say have such a high concentration of nicotine that they’ve created a “nicotine arms race” with competing and knock-off brands. One JUUL pod contains 59 mg of nicotine — the equivalent of 20 cigarettes or an entire pack.
50 to 60 mg of nicotine consumed at once is considered a dangerous dose in adults. A child can be adversely affected by as little as one cigarette’s worth of nicotine. According to Medical News Today, “E-cigarettes and liquid nicotine are responsible for the majority of cases of nicotine poisoning.” The CDC receives more than 200 calls per month pertaining to nicotine poisoning.
Within the first 15 to 60 minutes, stimulatory side effects of acute nicotine poisoning include:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Excess salivation
- Eye irritation
- Increased heart rate
- Loss of appetite
- Rapid breathing
- Stomach pains
Several hours after the initial stage, the body starts to wind down and suffer depressive side effects:
- Low blood pressure
- Pale skin
- Shallow breathing
- Sluggish heart rate
While rare, the most serious side effects may include:
- Breathing difficulty
- Respiratory failure
Nicotine affects the heart, hormones, and digestive system to produce intense withdrawal symptoms ranging from uncontrollable cravings, depression, and insomnia, to digestive impairment, and sore throat.
Studies show nicotine exposure is particularly harmful among adolescents. Brain scans show that teens who smoke exhibit reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex – the part of the brain responsible for planning and decision-making. These teens performed poorly on memory and attention tasks.
In addition to nicotine, JUUL and other e-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals like lead, cadmium, and pyrene. These chemicals are found in traditional cigarettes, too, but e-cigarette users are also exposed to potentially unsafe levels of arsenic, chromium, and manganese found in the aerosol particles. Consistently inhaling high levels of these contaminants leads to health problems in the lungs, liver, heart, brain, and immune system, as well as some types of cancer, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
What Is Vaping, and Why Do Teens Like It?
If you’re a concerned parent who has found paraphernalia in your child’s possession, you may be wondering, “What is vaping?”
Vaping is comprised of inhaling an aerosol vapor produced by an e-cigarette device. A vaping device consists of a mouthpiece, a battery, a juice pod cartridge, and a battery-powered heating component. The liquid inside a vaporizer is made from propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin combined with nicotine, flavoring, chemicals, and metals.
The JUUL vape product is a sleek device that looks like a USB flash drive and comes in enticing flavors like Mango or Crème Brûlée. These devices do not emit much odor and are easy to conceal. These seemingly delicious flavors make them a draw for curious teens.
Regulators in more than one state have already cracked down on the marketing and sale of vape pods in their communities.
E-cigs have been marketed as a “healthier alternative to smoking tobacco” or even a “means to quit smoking traditional cigarettes.” However, the latest research suggests that e-cigs are just as harmful, if not more so, than tobacco cigarettes, and fare no better than the nicotine patch in helping users quit smoking.
New Lawsuits Target E-Cigarettes
Lawsuits regarding JUULs and other e-cigarettes are being filed across the nation.
- In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, two teens are suing JUUL, Altria, and Philip Morris, claiming they became addicted to e-cigs at ages 17 and 18, and now suffer “ingestion-related complications” at age 19. According to the 38-page complaint, Elizabeth Ann Swearington says she was lured by the mango flavor cartridge and did not know that JUUL pods created a nicotine addiction. John Thomas Via Peavy experienced severe breathing problems after exposure to the “significant toxic substances” in JUUL, which he would not have knowingly purchased. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge L. Scott Coogler.
- In Sarasota, Florida, a 15-year-old girl and her family are filing a class action lawsuit against JUUL and Altria Group, alleging that the companies use deceptive marketing tactics to intentionally target teenagers. In the suit, “A.N.” says she started using JUUL at age 14 and enjoyed the fruity mango product, but she was unaware the device contained nicotine. A year later, she suffers from addiction and suffers seizures.
- North Carolina Attorney General Joshua Stein filed a lawsuit against JUUL Labs and became the first state to take legal action against the company. According to the lawsuit, JUUL “caused addiction in consumers by deceptively downplaying the potency and danger of the nicotine” and targeting people under the legal smoking age with their advertisements. The state seeks to restrict fruit or candy flavors in stores, allowing only menthol or tobacco flavors to be sold, and to ban advertising through email, social media, near playgrounds or schools, or at sports, entertainment, or charity events.
Are You Eligible to File a JUUL Lawsuit?
If you have questions about your eligibility to file a JUUL lawsuit, call Showard Law Firm. A product liability lawyer is available for a free consultation. We accept cases under a contingency fee agreement, which means there are no out-of-pocket expenses to hire an attorney to represent you. Our law firm only receives a capped percentage legal fee and reimbursed costs if we recover compensation on your behalf.
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