JUUL and many other manufacturers advertise vaping and e-cig products as a safer alternative to smoking. Nevertheless, e-cigarettes are deeply addictive and have been linked to a mysterious outbreak of EVALI or e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury.
Worse, vaping is especially appealing to children and young adults, whose brains are still developing, making them particularly vulnerable to nicotine addiction.
The EVALI Outbreak
As of January 14, 2020, a total of 2,668 people had been hospitalized with EVALI and 60 people had died. Hospitalization peaked in September 2019 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating the outbreak.
Symptoms of EVALI include:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
While EVALI was initially identified as an illness, the CDC quickly linked the outbreak to chemical exposure. So far, the agency has explicitly connected Vitamin E acetate to EVALI, but it has not ruled out other chemicals of concern.
The CDC recommends that people stop using THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products at this time, but chemical exposure from nicotine-only vaping devices has not been ruled out.
Anyone who has developed EVALI after using an e-cigarette, vape, e-hookah, tank system, or mod should seek medical attention immediately and bring the device they used to the emergency room.
If you’ve been affected by EVALI, you may also be eligible for compensation. You can discuss your case with an experienced attorney at (866) 675-4427.
Like other tobacco products, vapes and e-cigarettes expose users to nicotine and can cause addiction. Unfortunately, the manufacturers of these products have consistently downplayed the risks, and even geared their marketing towards young children.
Many anti-vaping advocates refer to market-leader, JUUL, as the new big tobacco, and countless victims have filed suit against the company. One woman cites JUUL as the reason for her 18-year-old son’s death, and several teenagers are attempting to hold JUUL accountable for their addiction.
According to data from the CDC, approximately 2/3 of JUUL users between 15 and 24 are unaware that the product contains nicotine. Further, a single “JUUL pod” can contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.
Vaping is popular among teenagers and young adults, largely due to it’s sweet and fruity flavors. JUUL pods come in flavors like mango, crème brûlée, mint, and fruit medley.
Lawsuits claim these products were aimed directly at younger users. In response to the allegations and mounting public pressure, JUUL has pulled flavored pods from the market, replaced its CEO with a former big-tobacco executive, and put all marketing efforts on hold.
While many see this behavior as repentant and cooperative, anti-tobacco organizations recognize tactics used by traditional cigarette companies. Vaping is dangerous, especially for young people, but manufacturers and distributors are unlikely to back down as long as their products turn a profit.
Due to misleading marketing claims and the way advertising efforts targeted children, however, those who have become addicted to JUUL or other vaping devices may be able to file suit against the manufacturer.
Injured by E-Cigs? We Can Help!
At Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, we have over 70 years of combined legal experience and stand at the forefront of JUUL and e-cigarette litigation.
If you have been diagnosed with EVALI or are suffering losses associated with addiction, we may be able to help you recover compensation from JUUL and/or other manufacturers.
Discuss your case with us during a free consultation or call us anytime at (866) 675-4427 to find out whether or not you have a valid claim.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping you move past your injuries and/or losses if possible.