When JUUL first came on the scene, their products were marketed as healthier, more enjoyable alternatives to smoking traditional cigarettes. Now that their products have been on the market for a while, however, it is increasingly clear that those claims are false. These popular e-cigarettes, which contain nicotine, have been used by people of all ages, including teenagers. Unfortunately, many regular users of JUUL products have not only become addicted but they also have experienced other major problems related to their health.
JUUL users who have been negatively impacted by the use of these products, either through addiction or through other serious health complications, may be able to pursue legal action against JUUL. With the help of a personal injury law firm, anyone harmed by these products can hold JUUL accountable for their inaccurate and negligent marketing by seeking compensation for the damages they sustained.
The makers of JUUL products did not adequately warn users about the health risks. Unfortunately, that means that adults and teenagers alike are currently stuck in a cycle of addiction, having trouble quitting while at the same time experiencing negative health consequences caused by using these products.
If you have experienced negative consequences as a result of using JUUL products in the past or if you still use them and have been negatively impacted as a result, you may be qualified to enjoin a JUUL or e-cigarette lawsuit. Affected users from around the country are joining together to hold e-cigarette manufacturers like these accountable.
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An Introduction To JUUL
JUUL manufactures a device for smoking that is similarly shaped to a USB stick. Devices like these appeal to teenagers and young people for a number of reasons. Along with their clean, modern look, they also are available in many different flavors. Thanks to their design, they are easy to keep hidden from sight, which is important for kids who may not want their parents or teachers to know they are using these devices.
JUUL claims that these products are safer to use than regular cigarettes. In fact, however, researchers have recently found that people who use JUUL products are exposed to many of the same serious health consequences that are linked to standard cigarettes.
On top of that, JUUL devices also pose other risks to users above and beyond those associated with traditional cigarettes. For instance, they increase the likelihood of users developing a condition known as bronchiolitis obliterans, which is also sometimes called ‘popcorn lung’. Researchers are just beginning to understand the impact of JUUL products. Industry experts, however, have indicated that the number of lawsuits arising from these products is likely to increase in the future. Here at Stewart|Phelps|Wood Injury Lawyers, our lawyers are ready to help victims file lawsuits against negligent e-cigarette companies.
The rise in popularity of these products combined with the new research showing their harmful effects has resulted in a number of lawsuits against the maker of JUUL throughout the US. Court records show that state prosecutors are pursuing lawsuits against JUUL. Private practices like Stewart|Phelps|Wood Injury Lawyers are also helping victims seek compensation for injuries they sustained as a result of using these products.
If you currently use JUUL or any other type of e-cigarette, you should educate yourself as much as possible about the health risks associated with these products. You can find a lot of information about the impact of products like these here. Learning as much as you can about how these products can harm your health is important so that you have a full understanding of the risks before you decide to keep using them.
If you are suffering from an addiction to JUUL products, consider banding together to file a lawsuit with other users who are also struggling. JUUL should be held responsible for failing to adequately warn users about the risks associated with its products.
What Are Some Of The Potential Consequences Of Using JUUL Products?
There are a number of reasons why JUUL climbed its way to the top of the e-cigarette market. Ultimately, however, its success largely hinges on its marketing campaign. JUUL promoted itself as a healthier alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes.
The company ran a huge advertising campaign that convinced users that its products were healthier to smoke than traditional cigarettes. Through its advertising, the company also indicated that JUUL products could be used as tools to quit smoking.
In actuality, however, a recent study printed in the American Journal of Physiology shows that JUUL and other e-cigarettes have potentially harmful additives and flavorings that increase the risk of damage to the lungs for users when compared to smoking traditional cigarettes.
Based on this evidence, the FDA stated that the claims made by JUUL regarding its products being safer and healthier than standard cigarettes were false and that they were not backed by proof.
According to the FDA, the claims made by JUUL directly violated federal law. They also requested that JUUL provide evidence to back up its claims that its products are healthier and safer than traditional cigarettes.
According to researchers, addiction to nicotine can adversely impact human physiology in a number of ways. Some of the negative health effects that have been cited by people who use products made by JUUL include:
- Mental and behavioral health problems
- Respiratory failure or lung failure
- Heart attacks or other issues with the heart
- Significant addiction
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Pregnancy complications or birth defects
- Cardiovascular issues
- Poisoning from nicotine
- And many other health consequences
If you currently use JUUL products and are experiencing any symptoms on this list, you should stop using the products right away. Keep in mind, as well, that you may be able to join a lawsuit against JUUL if you suffered any negative consequences as a result of using their products.
Are JUUL Products Really Safer Than Traditional Cigarettes?
According to the letter written by the FDA, JUUL’s claims that their products are a healthier option than standard cigarettes are not backed by evidence.
Apart from the company’s unproven claims, it is also important to remember that their products contain a high amount of nicotine. One of the central points of the JUUL lawsuit, in fact, involves the large amount of nicotine contained in their products.
How Does The Amount Of Nicotine In A JUULPod Compare To Standard Cigarettes?
E-cigarettes, including JUUL, increase the risk of experiencing negative health consequences as a result of nicotine. To put things in perspective, think about this: a typical e-cigarette has a nicotine concentration of approximately 6 to 30 mg of nicotine for each milliliter of liquid for vaping. Compare this to JUUL products, which have a much higher nicotine concentration of 59 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid for vaping.
In the past, JUUL said that one JUULPod has as much nicotine as a whole pack of traditional cigarettes. According to researchers, however, a single JUULPod actually has more nicotine than a whole pack of cigarettes. With standard cigarettes, the filter eliminates some of the nicotine, keeping users from inhaling quite as much.
Since JUULPods don’t have filters, all of the nicotine is inhaled along with the vapor. Exposure to high doses of nicotine like this increases the risk of health issues related to the use of nicotine. It also increases the likelihood of developing an addiction.
JUUL has also stated that the products it creates are safer than standard cigarettes and that they can be used as a tool to make quitting easier. These claims are not backed up by evidence.
With the help of JUUL products, many people have been able to stop using traditional cigarettes. However, the products made by JUUL have as much or more nicotine than standard cigarettes.
Nicotine is the main reason why people develop smoking addictions. Based on that, using JUUL products is not a practical way for people to stop smoking. They are just transferring their addiction to a different device. Instead of being addicted to traditional cigarettes, they become addicted to their JUUL.
Some e-cigarettes manufactured by other companies do contain less nicotine than standard cigarettes, which means that they can help you stop smoking. Because of JUUL’s high nicotine content, however, it can’t. People who use JUUL products experience negative health consequences as a result of the nicotine they contain. This includes withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to quit using JUUL.
Anyone suffering from the symptoms of nicotine dependence or withdrawal who uses JUUL products may be able to join an e-cigarette or JUUL lawsuit.
How Do Other Brands Of E-Cigarettes Compare To JUUL In Terms Of Their Health Risks?
Other e-cigarette manufacturers also promote their products as healthier options than standard cigarettes since they don’t have a lot of the chemicals that are found in traditional cigarettes.
What these manufacturers usually don’t mention, however, is that the products that they make contain diacetyl. This chemical becomes toxic when it is vaporized and can result in serious health consequences.
People who breathe in diacetyl vapor often experience a health condition known as ‘popcorn lung’ or bronchiolitis obliterans. This condition damages the lungs’ small airways, making it much more difficult to breathe. People who have this condition usually experience severe coughing fits.
Without proper treatment, bronchiolitis obliterans can cause the lungs to collapse, which can result in death. This condition is nicknamed ‘popcorn lung’ or ‘coffee lung’ since it also commonly affects people who work in the manufacturing industry at facilities that make gum, animal food, and other types of food.
In its liquid form, diacetyl doesn’t pose any health risks. However, it is sometimes added to e-liquids to bring out the flavor. When it is vaporized in a pod or e-cigarette, it becomes toxic, posing an extreme hazard to anyone who breathes it in.
The odds of developing problems from e-cigarettes vary depending on which brand you use. With JUUL, you don’t have to worry about issues with diacetyl. However, the nicotine content is much higher than traditional cigarettes.
Other e-cigarette brands have less nicotine than JUUL. However, they may contain diacetyl, which increases the risk of developing bronchiolitis obliterans or ‘popcorn lung’.
When you consider all of this information, it is easy to see that the best option is to give up e-cigarettes altogether. Otherwise, you are at an increased risk of suffering from a number of different health issues caused by these devices.
Does Adding Flavoring Increase The Risk Of Health Complications?
JUUL products are available in a wide range of flavors, some of which include fruit medley, mango, crème brûlée, and cool cucumber. These flavors make JUUL products appealing to people who wouldn’t typically smoke cigarettes since they don’t smell or taste like smoke.
Cigarette manufacturers are prohibited by law from flavoring their tobacco since it makes it more attractive to young people. E-cigarette manufacturers, including JUUL, however, have found a way around this law. They can sell flavored vaping fluid even if it contains nicotine since it technically is not flavored tobacco.
Currently, prosecutors at the state and federal levels, advocacy organizations, and people who are suing JUUL are working hard to make it illegal for companies that manufacture e-cigarettes to sell flavored liquids. The lawsuits that are currently active all favor limiting the options to standard tobacco flavors rather than more exotic, appealing flavors. As of right now, however, you can still purchase many different flavors of vaping liquid.
Most flavored e-liquids contain diacetyl. Although not all e-cigarette companies use this chemical, most of them do. Sweet or buttery flavored e-liquids including butterscotch, coffee, candy, peppermint, or chocolate usually contain diacetyl.
JUUL has come under fire recently for manufacturing e-liquids in fruity or sweet flavors. Many lawsuits have been filed at the state level arguing that these flavored liquids offered by JUUL and other e-cigarette manufacturers are one of the leading reasons why more and more young people are turning to vaping.
As of right now, the Food and Drug Administration is working on a plan that should restrict the sale of e-cigarette products with flavoring. After this plan is implemented, manufacturers of e-cigarettes like JUUL will only be able to sell products that are flavored like traditional tobacco. These products aren’t nearly as popular as their other flavors.
What Is So Concerning About Young People Using JUUL Products?
JAMA Pediatrics recently published a study showing that nearly half of JUUL’s Twitter followers were anywhere from 13 to 17 years old. Since JUUL offers so many different flavors, a modern design, and pods that are easy to hide, it is the leading company in the e-cigarette industry. Its rise to prominence also has to do with the lack of odor associated with its e-liquids and with its unsubstantiated claim that it is healthier than smoking.
Through their marketing, JUUL has been working hard to destigmatize smoking. This has undone years of work by advocacy groups opposed to smoking. These groups have worked diligently for decades to raise awareness about the downsides of smoking.
They accomplished this by letting people know about the risks of secondhand smoke, the unpleasant odor associated with cigarette smoke, and the negative health effects of smoking. By solving all of these problems, JUUL has essentially ended the stigma surrounding smoking.
JUUL products don’t produce secondhand smoke and don’t give off any odor. Additionally, the company has marketed the products as a safer, healthier alternative to smoking, even though there is no evidence to back up these claims.
Sadly, young people are the most likely to believe this type of false advertising. Since the middle of the 1990s, tobacco use by young people had been steadily falling. With the introduction of e-cigarettes and the over-the-top marketing tactics used by JUUL and other companies, nicotine use by young people is once again rising.
A recent survey found that 11% of the middle school and high school students who were surveyed confessed to using JUUL. Unfortunately, that number is steadily increasing.
JUUL Use Statistics
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed data and found that approximately a third of the teenagers who use e-cigarettes were initially drawn to them because there were so many different flavors available.
Based on the responses of the teens who participated in the survey, an additional 39% were influenced to try e-cigarettes because other members of their family used them, as well. 17% of the teens surveyed said that they used JUUL since they thought it was less dangerous than other types of tobacco.
These figures clearly show that there is a lot of confusion about the health consequences of using JUUL and other types of e-cigarettes. This confusion has played a key role in encouraging young people to start using products like these that contain nicotine.
Researchers at the University of Michigan recently conducted a study that found that the majority of teens who used e-cigarettes mistakenly thought that the vaping liquids they were using didn’t have any nicotine.
Another study conducted by the Truth Initiative discovered that JUUL users and more than 60% of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 didn’t know that there was nicotine in the product. Unfortunately, nicotine has been shown to inhibit the development of the brain in adolescents.
People of any age who are addicted to JUUL should think about participating in a JUUL lawsuit while they work to overcome the negative health consequences of the product.
What Injuries Have Been Caused by JUUL?
Currently, a number of people who have been negatively impacted by JUUL products are working with personal injury lawyers to file a JUUL lawsuit. As of right now, intakes are still active for e-cigarette and JUUL cases. More and more people are interested in being enjoined in the suit as new details about the health consequences of JUUL are discovered.
At Stewart|Phelps|Wood Injury Lawyers, we are actively filing JUUL lawsuits for teenage clients who have developed JUUL addictions or who have experienced negative health consequences as a result of inaccurate advertising by the company. Injuries that can be claimed in the JUUL lawsuit include:
- Poisoning from nicotine
- Lung failure or respiratory failure
- Significant addiction
- Behavioral or mental health problems
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts at suicide
- Complications during pregnancy
- Birth defects
- Heart disease or other cardiovascular issues
- Brain-related problems like strokes or seizures
- Additional problems linked to nicotine addiction or withdrawal
Our skilled lawyers at Stewart|Phelps|Wood also provide representation to people who didn’t smoke who developed vaping lung. This condition could have been caused by other cigarette brands apart from JUUL including Blu, Njoy, or Vuse.
It is important to hold JUUL and other companies that manufacture e-cigarettes responsible for their negligence. Some of their dangerous activities include breaking laws designed to protect consumers from fraud and failing to provide adequate warnings to consumers about the health risks of their products.
JUUL or other companies that make e-cigarettes should be held liable for any injuries that you or a loved one sustained as a result of using their products. They have a responsibility to consumers to provide accurate information, which is something that they didn’t to with their marketing campaigns. The most effective way to seek justice is by holding companies like Vuse, Blue, Njoy, and JUUL responsible for their actions so that they don’t hurt anyone else again in the future.
How can I Strengthen my JUUL Lawsuit?
If you are currently involved in a lawsuit against JUUL or would like to file a new suit, there are ways that you can make your case stronger. Our lawyers can help you build the strongest case possible when going after these companies. To get the best results, you may also want to learn more about the types of documentation you can be gathering or steps you can be taking to make your case as airtight as possible.
To begin with, you should stop using JUUL products right away if you haven’t already. Taking steps to stop any further health complications should be your top priority. The most effective way to accomplish this is by avoiding the use of JUUL products altogether.
Sadly, since JUUL is so addictive, quitting may be difficult. If you are likely to experience physical or mental problems as a result of stopping, you may want to ease off using JUUL products more slowly. Decreasing your usage over time can help minimize the effects of withdrawal.
After you stop using JUUL, you should then begin putting together evidence for your case. When building a JUUL lawsuit, you should let us know how often you use JUUL products and how those products affected your health.
Some of the types of evidence that you should begin gathering include:
- Medical records showing how JUUL products affected your health
- Photographs or videos of you using JUUL products
- Receipts or other types of financial records showing when and where you purchased JUUL products
- Any other records showing how often you used JUUL products and how they affected your health
Basically, you should record everything that you can about your JUUL use, the progression of your addiction, and any health problems that you experienced as a result. You should compile any type of information that you believe would help in your case. This includes records of any talks that you have with your doctor regarding the medical problems you are experiencing as a result of using JUUL.
What Damages Can I Claim with a JUUL Lawsuit?
After putting together evidence, your lawyer will help you determine the level of damages caused by JUUL products. Some of the damages in your lawsuit could include:
- Medical expenses or other financial expenditures related to injuries you sustained as a result of using JUUL
- Pain and suffering or other intangible costs caused by your injuries
Our lawyers will help you determine which damages you are owed based on how you used the products and how they affected you. They will also work hard on your behalf to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
Contact a Lawyer for your JUUL Lawsuit
Reach out to Stewart|Phelps|Wood Injury Lawyers today to set up a free consultation. There is no obligation to continue using our services after this free meeting. We can advise you on lawsuits regarding JUUL, exposure to chemicals, or e-cigarettes. When you reach out to us, one of our expert personal injury lawyers will talk with you about your JUUL lawsuit for free to help you determine the best course of action to take.