Nicotine addiction and permanent respiratory conditions are on the rise. The prevalence of these conditions is partly due to the popularity of vaping devices, such as the JUUL brand e-cigarette. As Lead Counsel for first responders whose health was impacted by the events of 9/11 and as a leading firm representing victims of the September 11th attacks in the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, our team has extensive knowledge of severe, chronic respiratory conditions and how they affect victims and their families. We have recovered more than $200 million for clients affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks. We have also represented individuals with severe respiratory illness from exposure to mold and other respiratory toxins. If you’ve been injured or have suffered serious respiratory issues caused by vaping, our personal injury attorneys at Gregory J. Cannata & Associates can assist you in filing a JUUL lawsuit to help you get the medical care and compensation you deserve.
What Is JUUL?
JUUL is a small, sleek battery-operated vaping device that looks much like a flash drive. It heats a disposable pod of e-liquid that contains high amounts of nicotine and various other chemicals. When heated, it produces a vapor that users inhale. For years, JUUL sold sweet fruit, candy, and mint-flavored vape products which were popular with adults and teens alike. Although JUUL ceased selling those products upon the wave of public outcry and governmental pressure, the damage had already been done.
JUUL & Deceptive Marketing Campaigns
JUUL was advertised as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes when it was first released, but its use has led millions of people to become addicted to nicotine and experience severe chronic respiratory diseases. JUUL’s liquid-nicotine formula packs a serious punch, which makes it extremely addictive. Although they considered it, JUUL has never installed features to limit nicotine intake.
Because JUUL looks a lot like a USB flash drive and can be charged using a USB port, it's attractive to teens because they can hide it in plain sight. This is just one element that shows JUUL allegedly intended to appeal to a youthful demographic. Many critics of the device also believe that the flavors offered by JUUL were designed to appeal to children and young adults. From strawberry milk to crème brulee, kids flocked to try JUUL's sweet flavors. They also marketed JUUL skins, which are specially designed stickers that can be used to cover the device. Many of the skins featured pictures of animals, mascots, artwork, and school colors, which are likely to attract younger users.
JUUL also employed aggressive marketing campaigns on social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They paid influencers to promote JUUL, and hashtags were incorporated in posts with images of young people vaping, hanging out, and having fun.
How JUUL Can Affect Your Health
The e-liquid used in JUUL devices contains glycerol, propylene glycol, flavor, nicotine, and benzoic acid, and a number of other chemicals have been found in the vapor it produces. When compared with similar vaping devices, JUUL products contain higher amounts of nicotine and benzoic acid, which can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, sore throat, and chronic cough.
The impact of JUUL use on teens and adults is significant. Recent studies have shown that high school vaping has grown at an alarming rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of December 17, 2019, there were 2,506 patients hospitalized due to lung injury caused by e-cigarettes and other vaping products.
The use of vaping devices like JUUL has been associated with chronic bronchitis, COPD, asthma, emphysema, bronchiolitis obliterans — a permanent lung disease, and other respiratory problems. The use of e-cigarettes has also been linked to heart problems, strokes, seizures, nicotine poisoning, nicotine addiction, and other conditions.
How Our Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
Permanent lung disease can require costly lifelong treatment. If you or your child have been injured or suffered illness due to e-cigarette use you may be entitled to compensation that may be recovered through a JUUL lawsuit. At Gregory J. Cannata & Associates, we're dedicated to helping you recover maximum compensation for various damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We believe it's critical to hold companies like JUUL accountable for their deceptive marketing practices and harmful products. We fight aggressively to protect your rights and interests and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact Us To Learn More About JUUL Lawsuits
If you’re considering filing a JUUL lawsuit, our experienced, compassionate team at Gregory J. Cannata & Associates can help. Contact us today at 212-553-9205 for a free, confidential consultation.