Juul Vaping Lawsuits -Addiction and Injury Cases
Lawyers for E-cigarette Vaping Claims
Over 800 lung-related illnesses and at least 12 deaths have been reported that have been related to the use of e-cigarettes a/k/a vape pens according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Flavored E-cigarette manufacturer Juul and other manufacturers are facing lawsuits filed by e-cigarette vaping lawyers. across the country over serious illnesses and deaths that have been linked to the use of e-cigarettes. If you have become addicted to nicotine as a result of using flavored e-cigarettes or “vaping,” you may be entitled to seek compensation for medical costs of treatment of both the addiction and/or associated illnesses as well as other damages. Call us to discuss your e-cigarette vaping claim today.
What are E-Cigarettes?
Electronic Cigarettes or “E-Cigarettes” are electronic nicotine delivery systems that work by heating a liquid and turning it into a vapor that is inhaled into the lungs by the user. They are also commonly referred to as vapes, e-pens, e-hookas, juuls, and juul pods. The nicotine delivery system may be designed to look like a cigarette, pen, stick, zip drive or other small hand held device. Some are designed to be refilled via liquid refills sold in bottles while others are designed to use refill “pods” often referred to a Juul pods.
What is in Vape Juice?
The liquid itself used to fill and refill e-cigarettes may contain nicotine, THC, CBD oils, artificial flavorings and other liquids/chemicals depending upon who you purchase it from. A study published by the Journal of Pediatrics reported that they found numerous carcinogens such as formaldehyde, acrolein and toluene in vape juice. Many companies manufacture vape juice fills and refills and thus, each may vary in formula.
What are the Juul Lawsuits All About?
Juul lawsuits have been filed on different grounds. Prior to November of 2018, Juul failed to include warnings on its product that it contained nicotine. This and other misleading marketing tactics lead some young consumers into believing that e-cigarettes are a “safer alternative” to smoking. The marketing tactics employed by Juul appealed to a younger audience on social media and other advertising media with a deceptive theme that using e-cigarettes a.k.a “vaping” is a “safer alternative” to smoking. In addition, e-cigarettes and vape products sold by Juul and others are marketed and sold in candy-themed and fruity flavors that naturally appeal to children such as sour gummy, cotton candy or iced watermelon. These cases are based upon a marketing defect–the failure to warn of a known risk or danger associated with the product.
On September 9, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Juul, stating that Juul had “engaged in labeling, advertising and/or other activities” in which Juul represented that its products a safer-alternative to smoking without gaining the required FDA approval to do so. The letter went on to cite testimony that Juul representatives had made representations to students at a presentation that Juul products were “totally safe,” “the FDA was about to come out and say [using Juul] was 99% safer than cigarettes.” None of these representations had been demonstrated true nor approved by the FDA.
What are the Injuries Associated with E-Cigarettes?
There are several lung injuries that have been associated with e-cigarette use. These include injuries associate with nicotine use, injuries associated with other chemicals that may be found in vape juice and addiction.
Injuries Associated with Nicotine Use
One of the injuries that may be associated with vaping is nicotine poisoning. Nicotine poisoning occurs when you have too much nicotine in your body to the point it becomes toxic. Since vaping refill pods often contain 20x the amount of nicotine as one cigarette, a person may intake a much higher dose in one setting simply by accident. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning or nicotine toxicity include: seizures, convulsions, blood clots, pulmonary embolism, high or elevated blood pressure, stroke, pain in the joints and/or other heart diseases.
Injuries Associated with Other Chemicals in Vape Juice
There have been other concerns over the potential harms caused by vaping related to what may be found in the vape juice itself. Vape juice is sold by a number of companies in bottle and pod forms for refill purposes. The Journal of Pediatrics did a study that found several cancer-causing chemicals such as formaldehyde, acrolein and toluene in the juices researched.
Additionally, when vape juice is heated by the electronic nicotine delivery system, a reaction may produce certain metal particles that are then inhaled and lodged in the insides of the lungs. A condition known as “popcorn lung” has been associated with E-Cigarette use as well. Symptoms of popcorn lung include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and other respiratory issues.
Yes. One Juul pod contains as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. That is a massive dose of nicotine in each juul pod. Middle school and high school age children are drawn to the fruity and candy flavors only to find that these e-cigarettes are just as if not more addictive as smoking cigarettes. Nicotine addiction can be costly to treat and take years to completely overcome.
Is Vaping Banned?
As the medical and addictive issues have come to light, at least forty-seven states have seen indoor bans enacted by local governments pertaining to the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace, restaurants and bars. Starting in the summer of 2019, several cities, states and even the country of India, have enacted bans on the sale of flavored and unflavored e-cigarettes and vaping products all together. Here is a timeline of the recent bans:
- On June 25th, 2019, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the sale of all e-cigarettes.
- On September 4th, 2019, Michigan passes ban on sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
- On September 17, 2019. New York passes ban on sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
- On September 18, 2019, India becomes the first country to pass a nation-wide ban of e-cigarettes citing U.S. deaths.
- On September 25, 2019, Massachusetts passes a 4-month ban on the sale of all e-cigarette products to give researchers time to investigate the effects of e-cigarette use and related illnesses.
- On October 1st, 2019, the University of Texas A&M bans e-cigarettes and vaping due to rising death reports and health issues.
- On October 1st, 2019, Los Angeles County bans vaping and flavored tobacco products, including: e-cigarettes, cigarettes, chewing tobacco due to the appeal to kids.
Do I Have a Case?
While other Juul vaping lawyers’ criteria may vary, we are currently interested in evaluating cases meeting the below criteria:
Nicotine Addiction: If you were under the age of 18 when you started vaping and became addicted to nicotine prior to November of 2018 due to use of vaping products.
Lung Injury: If you suffered popcorn lung or any other serious lung injury or death associated with vaping.
If you have been injured by vaping products, you may have the right to recover for medical care, treatment for addiction, pain, suffering, mental anguish and other damages occasioned by the use of vaping products. Call 1-800-298-0111 today to be connected with someone for a free consultation.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.