People using e-cigarettes, vapes, and JUULs has become more common in society. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, all those devices are electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). While many people may use them, they may not be aware of the health risks ENDS pose. Those who use ENDS may think the devices are safe and don’t affect your health, but that’s not the case. Using e-cigarettes can be the cause of severe injuries and illnesses. If you or a loved one has been harmed because of e-cigarette use, filing a Marion JUUL e-cigarette lawsuit may bring peace of mind.
Price Law Firm has assisted many people in getting the fair compensation they deserve when they’ve been wrongfully injured. The companies that produce and market these products may have acted negligently in getting their product on the market. In product liability cases, if companies cut corners and take shortcuts in manufacturing, designing, and selling the product and this leads to someone getting hurt, that person may be able to hold the company liable.
What Is an E-Cigarette?
E-cigarettes are non-combustible tobacco products. The National Institute on Drug Abuse also lists these other names for e-cigs:
- Vape Pens
- Hookah Pens
Typically, these devices contain a flavored aerosol that people inhale. This substance may contain nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and more.
This is a specific e-cigarette brand that looks like a USB drive. JUUL has a stronghold on the e-cig market. Their sales have surpassed major tobacco companies’ e-cigarette brands starting in 2017 and have continued that trend in 2018. JUUL sales are 68% of the market share.
JUUL pods contain nicotine and come in several types of flavors. Mint, mango, crème, fruit, and cucumber are some examples. When people think of e-cigarettes, they may not associate them with danger because the various flavors mask any bad taste. Users may not realize they’re inhaling potentially dangerous substances.
No matter brand or device you or your loved one used, you should still contact an e-cig lawyer in Marion to investigate your case. We’ll get the facts behind what device you used and the company that manufactured it. If they withheld information or made a dangerous device, we’ll do what we can to help you build a strong product liability case against them.
Why Are E-Cigarettes So Popular?
E-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product for middle and high school students in the US since 2014. Youth e-cigarette users increased by 1.5 million between 2017 and 2018. Youth using e-cigarettes has reached the point where the U.S. Surgeon General has declared it an epidemic.
With all the dangers of e-cigarettes, you may be wondering why they’re so popular today. Part of the answer may be in how the companies marketed their products.
The FDA sent JUUL Labs, Inc. a warning letter because of the language JUUL used to describe their products. The warning letter quotes JUUL calling their products “99% safer than cigarettes,” “much safer than cigarettes,” and “totally safe.” They marketed their products as modified risk tobacco products. However, companies are supposed to have an FDA order to permit the sale and distribution of the product as a modified risk. JUUL didn’t have an FDA order.
People may not question these marketing tactics and wholeheartedly believed the companies when they say their products are safe. Many people have found that this is not the case.
But that’s only one example of how e-cigarettes are being presented to the public. E-cigs are often seen as alternatives to smoking. Some may interpret this as being safe and will not have any health consequences. While cigarettes have their own list of health risks, an e-cigarette may happen to have less health risks. But that doesn’t mean the e-cigarette lacks the power to severely harm you. Let’s look into how e-cigarette use can threaten your health.
The Dangers of Using E-Cigs
E-cigarettes often have nicotine in the liquid. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that can cause many health problems.
- Nicotine harms adolescent brain development. The parts of the brain responsible for attention, mood, ability to learn, and controlling impulses may be affected. Brain development continues until age 25. With more youth using e-cigarettes, many young brains may suffer from impeded development.
- Nicotine affects how the brain forms synapses, a function essential when the brain is learning a new memory or skill.
To get an idea of the amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes, one JUUL pod and a pack of 20 cigarettes have the same amount of nicotine.
But nicotine isn’t the only dangerous part of the liquid. E-cigarette aerosol has other substances in it. The CDC lists the following substances that can be found in the aerosol:
- Chemicals that can cause cancer
- Nickel, tin, and lead
- Volatile organic compounds
- Diacetyl, which is a chemical connected with lung disease
- Ultrafine particles that will go deep into the lungs when inhaled
Getting a lung disease or a cancer diagnosis can be devastating. When you don’t know who to turn to, it may be in your best interest to find out if filing a JUUL lawsuit may be be possible.
Get in Touch with Trusted Representatives at Prince Law Firm
When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness, you may feel overwhelmed with the thoughts of treating the illness and what that will cost. You may also be feeling confused at how the illness happened in the first place. You deserve to have representation you can count on. Our Marion lawyers will carefully assess your diagnosis and look at what the illness has and will cost you.
We’re not afraid of holding a negligent manufacturing company accountable for their actions. We’ll fight for your full and fair compensation. Call our office today so we can schedule a free consultation. We’ll discuss how we can assist you with your case and moving forward.