The use of Juul e-cigarettes has been linked to an increased risk of serious and potentially fatal complications, including stroke, seizures, and lung problems.
Consumers who have used Juul vaping devices and were diagnosed with any of these side effects may qualify to file a lawsuit against Juul Labs.
➢ What is Juul?
Juul’s electronic cigarettes first went on the market in 2015. The device uses an electronic vaporizer and flavored liquid pods with nicotine salts in order to deliver a 5% nicotine dose to users. Juul was originally marketed as a way to help adults stop smoking and as safer alternative to traditional nicotine cigarettes.
In the years after it was first released, Juul grew wildly popular in the U.S. – claiming an astounding 75% of the national e-cigarette market by 2018. Users began to refer to the process of vaping with the device as “Juuling”.
However, as the popularity of Juul increased, health experts and government authorities began to raise serious concerns about the safety of the device.
➢ Side Effects Linked to Juul
Officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other agencies have warned that using Juul or other vaping devices may cause serious and potentially fatal side effects.
Some of the most serious complications linked to vaping with Juul include:
- Stroke: Data from the CDC has found that users of e-cigarettes like Juul are 71% more likely to suffer a stroke or other cardiovascular events. In July 2019, a man who started using Juul as a teenager filed a lawsuit against the company over allegations that the vaping device caused him to suffer a massive stroke.
- Seizures: In April 2019, FDA warned that consumers who use Juul and other e-cigarettes may face an increased risk of seizures. The agency says that these seizures have occurred in both first-time e-cigarette users and users who vape regularly. The FDA has also received more than 100 reports of neurological symptoms – including fainting or tremors – among consumers who recently used vapid devices such as Juul.
- Lung Problems: The CDC reports that dozens of consumers who used vaping devices like Juul have been hospitalized for respiratory problems. Symptoms of lung problems associated with Juul include coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Studies have also shown that some e-cigarettes contain a chemical known as diacetyl, which can cause a respiratory condition known as bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn lung”.
➢ Allegations of E-Cigarette Marketing to Teens
Juul has also faced allegations of deliberately targeting teenagers in its marketing of the electronic vaping device. Critics have alleged that advertisements for Juul – as well as the company’s flavored pods such as “crème brûlée” and “cool cucumber” – were designed to lure teenagers into trying the vaping device.
The FDA and state authorities have launched investigations into allegations that Juul was directly marketing its product to teenagers. These investigations have found that teenagers who try Juul are significantly more likely to become smokers than their peers.
According to officials, Juul’s true marketing strategy is not to help adults stop smoking, but to get teenagers to start “Juuling” and hooking them as customers for life.
➢ Contact Us for a Free Legal Consultation
If you or a loved one began using Juul between 2015-2018 and were diagnosed with a stroke, seizures, or lung problems, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced consumer products litigation attorney, who can advise you of your legal rights and guide you through the first steps in filing a case.
The lawyers at Hissey, Mulderig & Friend have represented thousands of consumers nationwide who have been injured by unsafe commercial products, defective medical devices, and dangerous drugs. Our attorneys believe that all clients should be entitled to outstanding legal representation to ensure that their legal rights are fully protected.
For more information about filing a Juul lawsuit and to find out whether you qualify to take legal action, contact the lawyers at Hissey, Mulderig & Friend for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-806-8117, or by following this link to our free online case evaluation form on the right side of this page.