JUUL E-Cigarette Injury Attorney
Our JUUL e-cigarette lawyers can file a lawsuit, take other legal action for you
Are you or your child suffering from serious health problems due to using JUUL e-cigarettes? Is your teenage son or daughter suffering from nicotine addiction due to JUUL e-cigarettes? If so, you’re not alone. And we can help. Our experienced, JUUL e-cigarette attorneys at Dean Waite & Associates, LLC are actively taking legal action against the company. We can file a JUUL e-cigarette lawsuit on your behalf or take other legal action. You decide.
We realize you may not be sure if you have a legal case. That’s why it’s important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible at our law firm. We can review the details of your case. We can explain all the legal options available to you. That’s why we want you to contact us and schedule your free case evaluation with our law firm. The sooner you talk to us, the sooner we can begin fighting for your legal rights.
About JUUL e-cigarettes
Founded in 2015, JUUL Labs Inc. was originally part of Pax Labs. JUUL Labs Inc. is now an independently-owned company. One of the best known current partial owners of JUUL is the Altria Group, Inc., which owns 35 percent of JUUL. Altria is one of the world’s largest tobacco manufacturing companies and the parent company for Philip Morris USA, which sells Marlboro cigarettes, the best-selling traditional cigarette brand in the world.
E-cigarettes – which stands for electronic cigarettes – have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among teenagers. Nationwide, more than 3.6 million teenagers use e-cigarettes and other vaping products, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
And while there are many e-cigarette brands on the market, JUUL has quickly become the most popular e-cigarette brand in the United States. JUUL controls an estimated 70 percent of the e-cigarette market in the country, according to the U.S. Surgeon General’s office. Such domination of the e-cigarette market occurred particularly between 2017 and 2018, when JUUL sales rose by 800 percent, according to CNBC and numerous other news reports.
Health warnings issued for e-cigarettes
In December 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams issued an advisory about the dangers of e-cigarettes, particularly for teenagers. According to Adams’ advisory, “e-cigarette use among youth has skyrocketed in the past year at a rate of epidemic proportions.”
Between 2017 and 2018, high-school aged children who reported using e-cigarettes within the past 30 days increased by 75 percent, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. During the same time period, middle-school aged children who reported using e-cigarettes without the past 30 days increased by 50 percent between 2017 and 2018.
“In the data sets we use, we have never seen use of any substance by America’s young people rise as rapidly as e-cigarette use is rising,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, according to the statement advisory released by the U.S. Surgeon General.
Health officials are particularly concerned since e-cigarettes contain high amounts of nicotine, a highly-addictive substance found in tobacco products. One JUUL cartridge or “pod,” for example, contains roughly the same amount of nicotine as a package of 20 cigarettes.
“We need to protect our kids from all tobacco products, including all shapes and sizes of e-cigarettes," Adams said in a statement. “Everyone can play an important role in protecting our nation’s young people from the risks of e-cigarettes.”
JUUL denies marketing to young adults, but many are skeptical
JUUL Labs, Inc. has repeatedly denied marketing e-cigarettes to teenagers and young adults. In its defense, the company has cited “Moving Beyond,” its vaping education program. But many health officials have questioned such claims. And in July 2019, a U.S. Congressional House Subcommittee conducted a two-day hearing focusing on JUUL’s efforts to market its products to children and teenagers.
During Congressional hearings, several people testified about JUUL marketing its products to children during its educational presentations in schools. In particular, several teenagers testified that JUUL representative gave a presentation in their school – without a teacher or an adult present – in which the JUUL employee repeatedly told students that JUUL e-cigarettes are “totally safe,” according to CBS News and numerous other news accounts.
Ultimately, the Congressional Subcommittee concluded that JUUL “deployed a sophisticated program to enter schools and convey its messaging directly to teenage children.” The Subcommittee also concluded that JUUL recruited thousands of online influencers specifically to market its products to children as young as 8 years old, according to a memo prepared by the subcommittee.
Shortly after the Congressional hearings, Dr. David A. Kessler, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, wrote an editorial in The New York Times detailing how JUUL specifically markets its products to children. Part of the appeal of JUUL has to do with its “unique design,” which “may make it easier for young people to use its product.”
Kessler and many others have noted that JUUL’s e-cigarettes continue some of the highest amounts of nicotine compared to other e-cigarettes. JUUL pods contain 5 percent nicotine, which is significantly higher than many other e-cigarettes. JUUL has also focused on creating flavored pods, which “make it easier for young people to begin using e-cigarettes,” Kessler wrote.
Common health problems associated with JUUL e-cigarettes
JUUL and other e-cigarettes have been marketed as a healthier product. However, numerous health problems have been linked to e-cigarettes, according to several recent studies. Such serious health problems include:
- COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a medical term used to describe progressive lung diseases, which can include chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma and emphysema.
- Advanced Asthma due to using JUUL products
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction) after using JUUL products.
- Seizures due to using JUUL products.
- Nicotine addition requiring medical treatment.
- Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis – A form of lung disease in which a person’s lungs become inflamed due to an allergic reaction.
- Pneumonia – A type of lung infection, in which a person’s lungs become filled with fluid or pus, making it hard to breathe.
- Eosinophilic Pneumonia – A type of lung disease in which an increased number of white blood cell known as eosinophils appear in the lungs and bloodstream, resulting in difficulty breathing and respiratory failure.
One recent study by Dr. Constantinos Glynos of the University of Athens, Greece suggests that some of these health problems could be linked to chemical flavorings like diacetyl, which are found in many e-cigarettes. Dr. Glynos published his findings in the American Journal of Physiology.
Diacetyl can be toxic when vaporized and result in serious health problems, including inflammation of the lungs and bronchiolitis obliterans, a medical condition that affects a person’s lungs and can result in total respiratory collapse. As a result, Dr. Glynos said he believed e-cigarettes could be potentially more dangerous than traditional smoking. “Electronic cigarettes are advertised as a less harmful nicotine delivery system or as a new smoking cessation tool. Our findings suggest that exposure to e-cig vapor can trigger inflammatory responses and adversely affect respiratory system mechanics,” Dr. Glynos said in an interview with The New York Post in Oct. 2018.
Warning signs of JUUL E-cigarette health problems
You or a loved one should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms of a serious health problem after using JUUL or other e-cigarettes.
- Trouble breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden weight loss
- Excessive drowsiness
- Loss of consciousness/ fainting
- Constant coughing
If something seems wrong, seek immediate medical help. Then contact our law firm right away. We can evaluate your case, free of charge, and explain which legal approach makes the most sense for your particular situation.
Don’t delay. Call today. Our JUUL e-cigarette lawyers can fight for you
Many people which have experienced health problems after using JUUL e-cigarettes are currently taking legal action against the company. This is especially true if you or a loved one is a teenager or child experiencing health issues due to JUUL’s highly-addictive, hazardous products marketed directly to teenagers.
When you have an experienced attorney on your side, you can wage a strong legal battle against JUUL Labs. Inc., which will almost surely have a team of lawyers defending the company’s actions. Dean Waite & Associates, LLC can effectively present your case and file your JUUL e-cigarette lawsuit if necessary.
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your legal case. Get an experienced JUUL e-cigarette attorney who gets results and demands justice. Contact our law firm right now. We can meet with you in our Mobile, Alabama office or wherever’s convenient for you.