JUUL Vaping Illness Lawsuit Attorneys
Vaping is being called a national epidemic. JUUL Labs, Inc., the nation’s largest vaping company, and other electronic-cigarette makers have marketed their products as safer alternatives to tobacco cigarettes. Featuring enticing flavors and sleek designs, e-cigarettes have exploded in popularity in recent years, particularly among young people, while traditional cigarettes have declined. But a wave of teen vaping lawsuits across the country accuse JUUL of selling a product it knows is dangerous and addictive, with life-threatening breathing ailments, hospitalizations and at least one death blamed on its vaping products.
If you or your child has developed a respiratory or other serious health condition after using JUUL products or another e-cigarette maker, you may be eligible to recover compensation from the manufacturers if JUUL or other vaping device manufactures’ via a product liability lawsuit. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is currently investigating JUUL vaping lawsuits.
JUUL—a company no one had heard of just a few years ago—is believed to dominate more than 75 percent of the e-cigarette market, due in no small part to its aggressive advertising to youth on social media channels. Its products have grown so popular that “Juul” is used as a verb. But health officials warn that e-cigarettes are not only no safer than tobacco products, they may actually be more addictive and threaten greater damage to the lungs.
If you or a loved one has used JUUL vaping products, you are likely concerned about their health effects and have questions about your legal rights. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is ready to advise you on your legal options and answer your questions about pending vaping-related litigation around the United States.
This page will address the following topics:
- Why is vaping bad for you?
- What medical conditions have been associated with vaping?
- What allegations have been made in the lawsuits against JUUL?
- How can Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers help me bring a claim for a vaping-related illness?
Why is Vaping Bad for You?
Like tobacco products, JUUL’s “pods,” which are inserted into the e-cigarette device, contain addictive nicotine. They are commonly called electronic nicotine-delivery systems (ENDS). But unlike tobacco, their fruity, candy-like different flavors and lack of unpleasant odor—the very qualities touted in JUUL’s advertising—are more likely to encourage heavy usage and give young adults a false sense of security. Nicotine is believed by medical experts to be especially harmful to teenagers; the demographic JUUL is most accused of targeting, with adverse effects on brain development.
Health experts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claim that the technology in e-cigarettes exposes users to greater amounts of nicotine than standard cigarettes, with the result being that millions of high school students and young adults are becoming rapidly addicted to vaping in a way not seen with traditional cigarettes.
Aside from the addictive qualities of nicotine, it is generally agreed that vaping causes safety issues and harm to the airways, throat, and lung injury, risking potential catastrophic and irreversible injury.
What Medical Conditions Have Been Associated With Vaping?
Other reported vaping / electronic cigarettes dangers have included all the following:
- In people under 25, the nicotine in Juul e-cigarettes can permanently alter the structure of the brain and cause personality changes and other cognitive disorders.
- Large doses of nicotine in Juul e-cigarettes significantly increase blood pressure, heart rate, and stiffening of arteries, and can also cause vascular damage, which raises the risk of stroke, heart attack, and coronary artery disease.
- Respiratory ailments, including chronic bronchitis, as well as increased prevalence and severity of asthma among adolescents have been reported as a result of vaping.
- Seizures and convulsions as a result of nicotine poisoning from excessive nicotine intake.
- Increased risk of pulmonary disease. Some of the flavoring chemicals in vaping fluids are believed to cause a grave condition called “popcorn lung” (bronchiolitis obliterans), which is similar in nature to COPD and characterized by coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. However, it would seem there is still some uncertainty in the medical community over this.
- Although there is yet no definitive research on the subject, some animal studies done to date on exposure to e-cigarette vapor reveal it could possibly lead to lung cancer.
What Allegations Have Been Made in the Lawsuits Against JUUL?
JUUL is also the target of a growing mountain of litigation in a number of states, including class-action lawsuits by users and former users, school districts and other government entities.
King’s County, Washington, brought a JUUL lawsuit after a dozen confirmed cases of vaping-related lung illness in the state, accusing JUUL and its affiliates of fraud, racketeering and conspiracy in targeting of minors.
The first wrongful death suit against the company, filed in San Francisco, California federal court in October 2019, accuses JUUL of specifically targeting underage use through “colorful marketing” campaigns characterizing vaping as a fun and “healthy” alternative to cigarettes (Vail v. JUUL Labs Inc. et al.).
The suit was brought by the mother of an 18-year-old Florida youth who died from breathing complications after vaping JUUL heavily since age 15. The deceased had been hospitalized once for respiratory issues before his death. The suit alleges JUUL intentionally designed its product to addict young people to nicotine with “attractive and palatable” pods packaged in “youth-friendly colors and flavors that minimize the harsh taste and discomfort of traditional smoking.” It goes further in accusing JUUL of studying the tobacco industry’s playbook in manipulating the nicotine in its products to “maximize” their addictive qualities in order to hook new users.
The various public health suits also accuse JUUL of carrying inadequate warnings on its product packaging of the highly addictive nature of the nicotine contained in the pods. They accuse the company of aggressive marketing tactics to a young customer base including direct emails to users, promotional offers of free pods, and multiple assurances in its literature that the products are safe.
Also in October 2019, JUUL agreed to stop marketing to teens and to suspend sales of some of its flavored e-cigarettes as part of a legally binding agreement with an environmental group, according to National Public Radio. The Center for Environmental Health had sued the company and other e-cigarette makers for peddling addictive products to young people creating a public health crisis. The agreement is only enforceable in California, however.
How can Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Help Me Bring a Claim for a Vaping-Related Illness?
We have the resources needed to go up against well-funded corporations, and we do not charge you any legal fees unless and until we are successful in recovering compensation on your behalf. We are here to answer any questions you have about pending JUUL lawsuit and your legal rights. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.