In 2015, when JUUL vaporizers were first introduced on the market, they were claimed to be a healthy alternative to regular cigarettes, as well as a smoking cessation device. However, years later, many people who have used the product are becoming addicted to nicotine and developing health conditions. Now, the company is facing numerous lawsuits in which people state they were harmed after vaping.
Although JUUL isn’t the only e-cigarette out there, it is one of the most popular. Unfortunately, the people who purchase the devices aren’t only adults. Because the vapes look like USB devices, they are easy to conceal, making them attractive to children and teenagers. Adolescents are still developing and more susceptible to nicotine addiction and suffering health problems as a result.
Recently, lawsuits filed against JUUL claim that the company marketed its product to underage users and contributed to the rise in teenage smoking. According to the National Institutes of Health, in 2018, around 18% of 8th graders, 32% of 10th graders, and 37% of 12th graders admitted to using an e-cigarette (which they commonly refer to as “juuling”). JUUL continues to deny the allegations that it targeted advertising toward youths.
What Are the Health Risks of Vaping?
Vaporizers, such as JUUL’s devices, use battery power to heat a liquid contained inside a pod. The user then inhales the aerosol.
Typically, the liquid inside the pod is made up of different chemicals, including glycerol, propylene, nicotine, and benzoic acid. When the user takes a puff of the vapor, the substances can get lodged into their lungs, increasing the risk of developing various health conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that vaping is dangerous for both adults and adolescents.
Some of the diseases linked to vaping include:
- Brain and lung damage
- Cardiovascular conditions
- High blood pressure
In October of 2019, the CDC released a report regarding an outbreak of lung disease across the nation. Around 1,480 people have been affected, and all had a history of using a vaping product, with some stating that the liquid contained THC. The agency said that 33 people have died as a result of this health condition. Unfortunately, the reports are too new to know what precisely is causing the lung injuries, and research is still being conducted to determine if they’re related to a specific compound or substance in e-cigarettes.
For Legal Representation, Contact Rourke & Blumenthal
Our attorneys are currently reviewing claims regarding JUUL-related injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered harm that you believe was caused by vaping, we’re ready to speak with you about your case. We have over 150 years of combined legal experience and know-how to handle complex personal injury matters as well as product liability.
Please contact us to discuss your situation during a free consultation. We can be reached by phone at (614) 321-3212 or online.