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The Juul lawsuits claim the manufacturer of the Juul e-cigarette devices deceptively marketed a highly concentrated nicotine delivery system to teenagers and young adults in order to get them addicted to Juul products.
Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs, and vaping products) are designed to look like cigarettes, writing pens, USB flash drives, and other common products.
These devices use a liquid that contains nicotine and various types of flavors, as well as propylene glycol and glycerin. The liquid is heated through the use of a battery and heating coils. The liquid becomes a vapor, where it can be inhaled, which is why its use often is referred to as "vaping". These products are officially referenced as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
Juul products are the most common form of e-cigarettes being utilized. Juul delivery systems (known as pods) look similar to a USB flash drive and contain dangerously high amounts of nicotine. A single Juul pod contains the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of traditional cigarettes. Additionally, Juul pods have a much higher concentration of nicotine than cigarettes and the nicotine is absorbed by the body at a higher rate than cigarettes.
Despite claims by Juul Labs, the device manufacturer, that “Juuling” is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, recent studies have found that Juul and other e-cigarettes actually expose users to a number of dangerous health risks commonly associated with cigarettes.
The Food and Drug Administration has received numerous reports of Juul users, primarily teenagers and young adults, who have become addicted to the devices and even some who have suffered seizures and convulsions as a result of nicotine poisoning and toxicity. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include:
Juul injuries can include:
Nicotine Addiction: The concentration of nicotine in Juul pods is causing concern and is among the issues raised in Juul lawsuits. In fact, it’s alleged that a Juul e-cigarette contains three times more nicotine than is needed to satisfy an adult cigarette smoker. Juul pods also contain more than twice the nicotine concentration of similar e-cigarette devices. This increased nicotine level increases the risk of addiction. A study done by the UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists showed that nicotine is about as addictive as cocaine and even more addictive than alcohol and barbiturates (anti-anxiety drugs).
Popcorn Lung: One risk, not commonly associated with traditional cigarettes, is e-cigarette users’ higher likelihood of developing popcorn lung (also known as bronchiolitis obliterans). Popcorn lung is caused by inhaling chemicals, including diacetyl used in e-cigarette flavoring, that scar the lungs and stop them from working properly, by reducing their capacity and efficiency.
Seizures: The FDA continues to investigate a link between vaping and seizures as well as other neurological symptoms. Juul lawsuits are already on file alleging that use of the e-cigarette device has caused, among other things, seizures in some users.
E-Cigarette Explosions: Juul and other e-cig devices are at risk for explosions and can cause burning or other serious injuries.
Our firm is also investigating numerous reports of heart and other coronary disease and seizures alleged to be related to vape use, as well as inhalation injury, inhalation pneumonitis and toxic inhalation pneumonitis, and pneumonia.
If you or someone you know is addicted to Juul products, or has suffered a serious cardiovascular injury you believe may relate to Juul e-cigarettes, we urge you to contact us today about your case. Heaviside Reed Zaic will provide answers to your legal questions, and can inform you of your legal rights, including your potential claims against Juul. Call us toll-free at 1-877-715-5120 or contact us or visit us online to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.
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