JUUL and E-Cigarette Lawsuits

Amid growing concerns over the health risks with JUUL vape pods and other e-cigarettes, especially among teens and previous non-smokers who have now become addicted to nicotine, potential lawsuits are being reviewed nationwide. 

STATUS OF JUUL VAPE LAWSUITS: For teens and young adults hospitalized due to pneumonia, respiratory problems, heart attacks or other health complications, JUUL injury lawyers are reviewing whether financial compensation may be available through a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.

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OVERVIEW: Electronic Cigarettes have been introduced by a number of different manufacturers over the past decade, initially marketed as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. However, with the introduction of JUUL vape pods and other flavored e-cigarettes that were specifically targeted toward teens and non-smokers, federal health regulators indicate that there is now a growing epidemic of youth e-cigarette addiction nationwide.

The devices work by heating either liquid or crystalline nicotine into an inhalable vapor. These nicotine products are sold in a variety of flavors, including fruity or candy-like combinations that are meant to appeal to teens and non-smokers. In some cases, they are even sold in containers that look like juice boxes, USB drives or other things children would use and can conceal from parents or teachers.

While the manufacturers have provided false and misleading information that suggests vaping is safer, side effects of JUUL and other e-cigarettes may cause users to suffer serious respiratory and heart problems, including:

  • Heart Attack or Myocardial Infarction
  • Hospitalization with Pneuomonia
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Eosinophilic Pneumonia
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Advanced Asthma
  • Nicotine Addiction
  • Wrongful Death

JUUL VAPE ADDICTION PROBLEMS: Following the introduction of JUUL vape pens or vape sticks in 2015, use of e-cigarettes has increased sharply nationwide, especially among teens and students. JUUL pods are designed to look like USB memory sticks, and the vapors are almost invisible.

This has led to teens publishing videos on social media showing them vaping in groups in school bathrooms or even behind teachers’ backs in classrooms. It has also led to a growing number of nicotine addictions among teens at an early age.

In addition to their appeal due to their design, JUUL vapes may be more addictive than even other electronic cigarette devices.

A study published in October 2018 in The BMJ found that JUUL vaping pods deliver nicotine in a salt form which contains twice as much nicotine as traditional cigarettes and is highly addictive.

In November 2018, JUUL acknowledged its products had a problem attracting teen users, and removed some of its flavored products from retail stores and put them behind an age verification system on its website. The company also removed much of its social media from the internet.

However, facing criminal investigations that it marketed to children, JUUL announced in late September 2019 that it has ceased all advertising in the United States.

In addition, as of December 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated it and state health agencies had received reports of more than 2,500 cases of lung injury related to vaping nationwide. The illnesses, which remain unexplained, have also been linked to more than 50 deaths.

In October 2019, a former JUUL executive filed a whistleblower lawsuit indicating the company had knowingly sold at least a million contaminated vape pods to the public. At about the same time, the company announced it was withdrawing all non-traditional flavored products from sale online.

In October 2020, the CDC reported JUUL was one of the vaping products most likely to be confiscated by school teachers.

Several states, including Michigan, New York, California, Oregon, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, have moved to temporarily or permanently ban some or all vaping products. Federal regulators say a ban of flavored vaping products is on the horizon.

In early September 2022, JUUL Labs, Inc. reached a $440 million settlement agreement with the states to resolve claims of underage marketing; agreeing to a raft of restrictive marketing terms to help curb underage sales.

In December 2022, JUUL Labs also announced it had reached a global JUUL teen addiction lawsuit settlement which would resolve thousands of individual lawsuits, but few details of the settlement agreement have been released.

JUUL Recall

On June 23, 2022, the FDA announced it was issuing a ban on JUUL vaping products, requiring that they be removed from the market after rejecting applications for the approval of the devices. The FDA determined JUUL could not guarantee marketing which would demonstrate the products did not present a health risk to the public.

However, within hours JUUL obtained a hold on the order from a federal judge while it seeks to appeal the FDA’s decision.

JUUL AND E-CIGARETTE CLASS ACTION LAWYERS: As a result of JUUL and other e-cigarette manufacturers’ apparent efforts to market their products toward children, their links to respiratory problems and addiction, financial compensation may be available through an electronic cigarette lawsuit.

If proper marketing, research and other safeguards had been provided, many children would have never used, become addicted, or suffered health problems from JUUL and other e-cigarette products.

5 Comments

  • KurtisAugust 21, 2022 at 5:40 am

    I too have shortness of breath,I believe it's asthma,headaches,trouble breathing all the time after using juul products for long period

  • MichaelJanuary 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Hospitalized last year. CT scan shows pittings into my lungs, endoscopy preformed, permanent lung damage, prescription inhalers can't even afford them at $44 apiece. Juul Vape did this in a very short time respiratory doctor said caused by vape cigarettes.

  • EvelynDecember 15, 2020 at 4:19 am

    I have a layer of cysts on my lungs now after the use of juul

  • ArleneJanuary 26, 2020 at 11:12 am

    My 18yr old son is addicted to jul pods he started at 16 yrs old in 2019 i had to take him 2 times or 3 to the Emergency room because he couldnt catch his breath ge said he felt like he was weak and had trouble in hilding his head up around neck abd his eyes felt weird. He said he cant breathe good and he had a cough so bad and still does. He had anxiety too.

  • JONDecember 3, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Was hospitalized for pneumonia shortness of breath wheezing and acute attacks of asthma

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