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What’s the Deal with JUUL? JUUL Health Risks & Lawsuits FAQ

JUUL has been all over the news… and not in a good way. The nation’s most popular e-cigarette brand is under fire for allegedly downplaying serious health risks associated with vaping, deceptive marketing, knowingly marketing to minors, and even selling contaminated JUUL pods despite red flags.

JUUL FAQs - Health Risks & Lawsuits Information - Riddle & BrantleyOur law firm is actively investigating these claims. If you or a loved one used JUUL e-cigarettes between age 14 and 26 and suffered addiction, lung injury, cancer, or death, please call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE consultation with one of our JUUL lawsuit lawyers. There is no obligation — and there are never any legal fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

If you’ve vaped with JUUL or other e-cigarettes, stay tuned to this page for more information about ongoing health risks and current and potential JUUL lawsuits.

Frequently Asked Questions About JUUL and JUUL Lawsuits 

What is JUUL? 

JUUL Labs Inc. is the manufacturer of the most popular e-cigarettes in the United States. The company’s vaping devices, known as JUULs, are particularly popular among young people, and feature an easily concealable design that resembles a USB thumb drive. JUUL e-cigarettes do not burn tobacco like traditional cigarettes, and instead heat a liquid (sometimes called e-liquid or e-juice) to turn it into vapor.

Although JUULs are smokeless and the flavor “pods” do not contain tobacco, they do contain high levels of addictive nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals.

Use of JUULs and other e-cigarettes is often referred to as “JUULing” or “vaping” and users are sometimes called “JUULers” or “vapers.”

What is EVALI?

EVALI stands for “e-cigarette and vaping product associated lung injury.” After thousands of cases of serious chemical pneumonia-like lung injury and illness associated with vaping, including more than 30 reported deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially named the mysterious disease EVALI in October 2019.

Researchers are still working to determine what causes e-cigarette associated lung injury, but many reported cases have been linked to e-cigarette products containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

As investigators continue their research, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC have cautioned e-cigarette users to stop using THC-containing vaping products, especially illicit products sold on the streets. The FDA and CDC also advise users to consider stopping use of all e-cigarette products until more is known about these mysterious illnesses.

What are the symptoms of lung injury (EVALI) associated with JUUL and e-cigarette use?

Victims of EVALI (e-cigarette and vaping product associated lung injury) often suffer symptoms similar to pneumonia or chemical pneumonia, including:

  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

Other symptoms potentially linked to EVALI include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are suffering any of these symptoms after using JUUL or other vaping products, contact your doctor immediately and be sure to tell him or her about your vaping history.

Do JUUL e-cigarettes cause cancer? 

There is a serious potential cancer risk associated with JUULs and other e-cigarettes. In addition to glycerol, propylene glycol, flavoring, benzoic acid, and nicotine, JUUL pods contain at least 42 additional ingredients, many of which are known or suspected carcinogens (chemicals that cause cancer). These ingredients include volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), flavoring chemicals, and formaldehyde.

A 2015 study in the journal Oral Oncology linked e-cigarette use to cancer-related cell damage. Dr. Wang Rodriguez, one of the Harvard researchers who conducted the study, said:

“Based on the evidence to date, I believe they are no better than smoking regular cigarettes.” -Dr. Wang Rodriguez, Harvard researcher

Cancer Risk Associated with JUUL and Other e-Cigarettes - Riddle & BrantleyFamily and emergency physician Dr. Janette Nesheiwat expressed similar alarm, writing that JUULs and other e-cigarettes “are known to cause irritation and inflammation in the lungs.” Neishewat says “prolonged exposure can result in damage to the DNA of the cells, which then results in cancer after prolonged exposure.”

Recent scientific studies have also demonstrated that vaping is “strongly linked to later use of regular cigarettes and other tobacco products,” which are known to cause cancer.

Does JUUL target minors?

Although the company denies wrongdoing, it is alleged that JUUL knowingly marketed its e-cigarettes and flavor pods to minors. Critics argue that the easily concealable design of JUUL e-cigarettes, which resemble small USB drives, as well as “fun” flavors like Fruit Loops, Mango, and Cucumber were deliberately intended to attract youth.

These allegations have led to a growing number of lawsuits against the e-cigarette manufacturer, including a high-profile case brought against JUUL by the State of North Carolina.

A report by the FDA revealed that roughly 25 percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days in 2019, an increase from 20 percent in 2018.

The New York Times in 2019 reported that public health groups are “worried that soaring use among youths is hooking a new generation on nicotine after decades of a decline in smoking rates.”

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Can I sue JUUL? 

If you or a loved one has suffered illness or injury as a result of using JUUL e-cigarettes (including lung injury like EVALI or even death), you may be eligible for a JUUL lawsuit — and may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

Can I Sue JUUL_ - JUUL Lawsuit Lawyers - Riddle & BrantleyYou can learn more about JUUL lawsuits on our website. If you believe your addiction, lung injury or illness is due to vaping with JUUL e-cigarettes between age 14 and 26, please call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE consultation with one of our JUUL lawsuit attorneys.

There is no obligation, and if you decide to hire us to represent you, there are no upfront costs and no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 to speak with a JUUL lawsuit attorney at Riddle & Brantley.

We have been holding negligent companies accountable for injuries caused by their products and actions for more than three decades, and we would love to help you if we can.

Are JUUL pods contaminated?

In October 2019, a lawsuit filed by a former JUUL executive alleged that JUUL knowingly shipped and sold at least one million contaminated JUUL pods. The company has denied wrongdoing and the case is pending in federal court in California. For more information on this case, please visit our page on potential JUUL contamination.