Juul Class Action Lawyer
Juul is a brand of e-cigarettes that were intended to be used by adults who are trying to quit smoking tobacco. However, due to lax oversight and lack of enforcement of sales policies and advertising tactics, Juul and similar products were sold to minors, who quickly became addicted to the nicotine in electronic cigarettes.
Juuls were thought to be rather harmless since e-cigarettes don’t have the tar and other carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes. However, in 2019 many people claimed to have a Juul related illness and other vaping injuries. Now, Juul lawsuits are being filed to help those who have been injured by e-cigarettes get the compensation they deserve.
TonaLaw is currently analyzing the current lawsuits against Juul and is accepting clients throughout the country. Please call us today at 1-833-TONALAW or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation if you have suffered a Juul related illness or injury.
What Is a Juul?
Juul is a type of vaporizer or e-cigarette that uses a battery to heat up oils and chemicals, most notably nicotine, in a “pod.” When the oils, a.k.a. “e-juice,” are heated up, they create a vapor that is then inhaled by the user. There are as many varieties of vaporizers on the market as there are people who use them, but Juul claims to be the simplest system.
When a user runs out of e-juice, they can simply replace the pod and keep on vaping. There are no buttons or switches the user has to press to start vaping. They just have to charge the Juul, insert a pod and inhale. Using the device is almost silent, and combined with the simplicity of the Juul, they have become the go-to device for teenagers.
While Juuls and similar systems were intended to be used by people who are trying to quit smoking, young people have become a large part of the market. Most of these teenagers have never smoked but did become addicted to the high levels of nicotine in the Juul pods.
Unlike other, more clunky vaporizers, Juul pods use “nicotine salts.” Nicotine salts have lower alkalinity than regular nicotine used in other vaporizers. While regular nicotine can be harsh to inhale, especially at high levels, the lower alkalinity of nicotine salt means it’s far less harsh and therefore easier to inhale.
Many users don’t even feel like they’re inhaling nicotine, aside from the buzz they get from using it, because there is no harshness. This makes Juuls incredibly dangerous for young users, especially considering the illnesses that have been reported due to its usage.
Juul Related Illnesses We Know About
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified illnesses related to vaping as EVALI, or e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury. As of February 2020, there have been 2,758 cases of EVALI that resulted in hospitalization or death in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Most of these cases weren’t related to the use of commercial Juul pods. Rather, they are related to off-market THC pods. THC is the active chemical in marijuana that gets users high. While vaping THC itself isn’t any more dangerous than smoking marijuana, the issue comes in when people who create these pods use vitamin E acetate in the mix.
What Is Vitamin E Acetate?
Vitamin E acetate is a common chemical used in a variety of topical cosmetics like foot or face creams. It’s known for its antioxidant properties, and is relatively harmless unless you have an allergy or take too much of it — or you inhale it. Vitamin E acetate is used in THC oils to thicken the liquid and/or dilute the concentration of THC.
Essentially, inhaling vitamin E acetate kills your lung cells, causing a variety of different issues like hypersensitivity pneumonitis and hemorrhaging. While these illnesses can be deadly, it’s very difficult to hold Juul accountable for these illnesses, since they are caused by off-market (and often illegal) cartridges.
Illnesses Associated with Regular Juul Pod Use
However, regular Juul cartridges do pose risks. One of the most common risks associated with using a Juul, especially for young users, actually comes when users try to quit. Nicotine withdrawal is a serious issue. Common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal include:
- Increased appetite
- Severe cravings
- Headaches and dizziness
- Concentration issues
While none of these symptoms are deadly on their own, they can cause fatal issues in your life. For instance, if you are driving, and you suddenly have dizziness or issues with concentration, you could wreck your car.
The effects of vaping aren’t fully understood. What we do know is that, besides EVALI, some chemicals found in vapor have been known to cause a variety of illnesses, including cancer. In addition, defective batteries have caused explosions and injuries, though this is more common in custom vaporizers and not in Juuls. What’s more, teenagers who start with a Juul are more likely to start smoking. Finally, ingestion of liquid nicotine can cause acute poisoning — and Juul pods have been known to leak liquid.
What Is the Government Doing About Juul Related Illnesses?
On January 1, 2020, a new bill came into effect that banned all fruit-flavored nicotine pods, including those used for Juuls. In addition, a separate bill raised the federal nicotine purchase age from 18 to 21. While this law comes into effect during summer 2020, many retailers have already raised the purchase age on their own to prepare for the transition. Others have stopped selling vaping products altogether.
In addition, many different states have either proposed or passed bans on vaping. Some of these bans are on indoor use only, while others ban the practice altogether. Some in the industry are upset that these bans are only being proposed on vaping products, while the sale and use of traditional tobacco products aren’t really being affected.
Regardless, local, state and federal governments are taking steps to stop the usage of Juuls and other vaping products by young people, and to curb Juul related illnesses throughout the country.
Join a Juul Lawsuit if You Have Been Injured or Made Ill
The dangers of legal, regulated Juul use are still largely unknown, but with so many cases of injury, sickness and addiction due to vaping, lawsuits against the manufacturers of Juul and other e-cigarettes are being formed. TonaLaw is currently accepting clients who have suffered from Juul related illnesses. We know the dangers of Juul usage, and we believe the manufacturers of Juul and other related devices knew or should have known about these dangers.
If you believe you have a case against Juul, or another e-cigarette manufacturer, call us today at 1-833-TONALAW or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Juul lawsuit lawyer.