Vaping Addiction and class action E-cig injury lawsuits reviewed by Ohio Juul lawyer and product liability attorney
A mother in Ohio is suing the large e-cigarette company, Juul Labs Inc., for an alleged comprehensive failure to warn consumers about its nicotine vaping products to teenagers. The plaintiff claims the e-cig company downplayed the addiction risks and marketed high-nicotine products to young consumers.
Other Juul addiction lawsuits have been filed in the U.S., targeting the vape device company amid a crisis of increased vaping among teens and youths. Juul pods have been found across middle and high schools, very popular in part for the fruity flavors the company markets. The Juul pod can be used discreetly, being as small as some USB drives, and emitting only a small amount of vapor.
An Ohio Juul lawyer handling vaping addiction lawsuits can assist families and plaintiffs to reach a settlement and seek compensation for deceptive marketing practices. Smoke shops have also been named as defendants in Juul vaping addiction lawsuits due to selling to underage consumers.
Plaintiffs claim they become hopelessly addicted in a short amount of time, and many say they were unaware the vaping devices had any nicotine at all in them, let alone far more than traditional cigarettes.
Juul has tried to appease its critics by removing some social media marketing campaigns, as well as removing its fruity flavorings from the market. But the vaping addiction problem is so widespread among the youth that consumer safety attorneys are calling for a complete e-cigarette ban.
E-cigarettes, also known as e-vaporizers, are battery-operated devices used to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains flavorings, nicotine and other chemicals. The e-cigarettes are often used by people trying to quit smoking, but there has been concern about their appeal to kids because of their colorful flavorings and packaging.
The FDA continued to say in their release that while they encourage the development of potentially less harmful forms of nicotine delivery for addicted adult smokers, it is unacceptable to come at the expense of children. “The FDA remains committed to…reduce toxic exposure to youth from all tobacco products.”
The “juuling” you may have heard of is simply vaping Juul pods, one of the more popular e-cigarette devices for the youth and adults. Juul devices deliver a large amount of nicotine and are very addictive.
Joe Lyon is a Cincinnati vaping addiction attorney and Ohio Juul lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability and product defect cases.
The current vaping addiction lawsuits allege Juul Labs could have created a device with less nicotine, if in fact it is meant to help smokers wean themselves off cigarettes. The deceptive marketing suits highlight some of the tactics the company used to entice youths, including a sleek design, candy flavorings and a social media campaign, that has since been discontinued.
Statistics of teen vaping are concerning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health agencies. It is estimated that more than 3 million teens have used a vaping product this year in the U.S. Juul denies wrongdoing, saying that its aim is to provide an alternative to traditional cigarettes for adults. But over 80 percent of teens who use e-cigarettes or vaping devices said they started with an e-cigarette, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Juul pods and other E-cigarettes heat a vaping liquid into an aerosol that users inhale. The liquid usually has nicotine, flavorings and chemical additives. Despite what some vaping companies want you to believe, the nicotine in e-cigarettes is just as addictive as traditional cigarettes.
As a result, many consider E-cigarettes as tobacco products because most of them contain nicotine. Aside from nicotine, e-cigarettes may contain potentially harmful ingredients that include:
E-cigarettes have been targeted to the youth, and that is concerning because the adolescent years are critical for brain development. Brain development continues through childhood to about the age 25. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can lead to addiction and harm a developing brain.
Should existing smokers switch to vaping products? It may be tempting for some smokers to turn to electronic cigarettes, but vaping carries its own set of health risks. Regular tobacco cigarettes contain 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic, but we don’t know fully what chemicals are in e-cigarettes.
Nicotine is highly addictive, raises your blood pressure and increases your heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack, and developing lung disease. E-cigarettes contain nicotine may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine, according to research.
Although they are marketed to help you quit smoking, e-cigarettes are typically very addictive and most users have no intention of quitting. Among the youth, e-cigarettes are more popular than traditional tobacco products, a major concern for consumer safety advocates.
Vape solutions or juices are not always safe for use. An official for the Cleveland Clinic has said some vaping solutions have been found with a number of cancer-causing agents. Formaldehyde, a fungicide and disinfectant, has been found in some vape juices.
The Centers for Disease Control has said the aerosol may contain potentially harmful substances, including solvents, nicotine, flavoring agents, ultra-fine particles, volatile organic compounds, carcinogenic compounds, and heavy metals.
Vaping liquids may contain propylene glycol and glycerin, and other solvents that produce vapor. The danger lies when potentially toxic carbonyls can form when the liquid is heated. Carbonyls may include formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acetone, and butanol.
Ultra-fine particles in vaping liquids can do damage to the body. Particles appear to be deposited in the lungs very similar to ultra-fine particles found in cigarette smoke.
Heavy metals are also a vaping health hazard. These metal particles may be released from the heating element and carried by the vapor to the lungs.
New York has become the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. The drastic move comes on the heels of hundreds of vaping illnesses and severe lung disease cases. Some deaths linked to vaping have been reported, and full investigations are underway.
The New York flavored e-cig ban covers all flavored cigarettes and other vaping products except for menthol and tobacco flavors. Retailers must remove their flavored vaping products within two weeks.
According to health data, nearly 40 percent of high school seniors and 27 percent of high school students in New York use e-cigarettes. Middle School students have also been increasingly using vaping products, and more so now that Juul pods are so easy to conceal.
Consumer safety attorneys and Ohio Juul Attorney lawyers say Juul has been targeting the youth with flavors like bubblegum and cotton candy.
Juul Labs has not admitted wrongdoing in any vaping injury or vaping addiction case, though the company says it will comply with the flavored vaping ban. Other states are considering e-cig bans.
The CDC has officially called the vaping-related illness “e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury,” or EVALI. In those diagnosed with EVALI, 95 percent of patients have experienced respiratory symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Other patients reported gastrointestinal symptoms and fever.
A report from the New England Journal of Medicine examined 53 patients hospitalized with “severe unexplained respiratory illnesses” and all had reported e-cigarette use within 90 days before their symptoms presented. Authorities say E-cig flavor packaging has led to some children accidentally drinking liquid nicotine.
Vaping flavoring product labeling and advertising includes bright colors and cartoon images. There were more than 8,200 e-cigarette and liquid nicotine exposures among children younger than six between 2012 and 2017, according to an analysis of National Poison Data System data.
Children in Ohio are at serious risk because exposure to nicotine in e-liquid products may lead to cardiac arrest, seizure, coma, and respiratory failure. The extent of E-cig health hazards are still being assessed by research teams.
The youth vaping addiction has been called an epidemic by many health officials in the US. Federal authorities and vaping addiction lawyers are concerned that the rate of nicotine addiction in young consumers is now higher than it has been in many years.
If you or a loved one have suffered from vaping addiction, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an Ohio Juul lawyer, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding lung injury and vaping addiction lawsuits.