Cincinnati, Ohio Product Liability Attorney and Consumer Safety Lawyer reviewing teen vaping addiction lawsuits, vaping lung disease and JUUL recalls nationwide
Vast numbers of teens and youths are now addicted to nicotine, by way of vaping devices like Juul pods and other e-cigarette products. Youth smoking had long been in decline until Juul Labs and other vaping companies began marketing campaigns that targeted young consumers.
As a result of a lack of safety oversight and corporate negligence, many teen vaping addiction has reached epidemic levels, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Class Action Teen Vaping Addiction Lawsuits have been filed nationwide alongside personal injury cases involving severe lung disease and claims of deceptive marketing.
A variety of e-cigarette and vaping products are popular with young consumers. The use of Juul pods and other vaping devices has grown into a sizable public health issue in the last five years.
Currently, more high school students use e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes. Some studies suggest even more youths vape than adults vape. A recent survey showed that more than 25 percent of U.S. high school students used an e-cigarette in the last month.
Public health safety advocates have noted that funding for anti-tobacco and anti-vaping efforts is inadequate. States like Ohio still receive payments from tobacco companies as part of the large 1998 Big Tobacco settlement, but anti-smoking campaigns often do not follow CDC guidance on prevention and funding to assist addiction rehab.
Over 44,000 students took part in a 2018. Results suggested that about 37 percent of 12th graders in the U.S. reported vaping. Over 2 million middle school and high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2017, and that figure increased quickly to 3.6 million in 2018.
Juul has suspended sales of many fruity flavored vape pods, and has suspended marketing their products, but only under legal pressure. The company, for many years, targeted the youth with a sleek device, a concealable vape product, and flavors that attracted many young users.
Health experts have noted that vaping may not be any healthier than smoking normal cigarettes, and that lung activity in some studies has looked largely the same in test subjects. Many teens have never even smoked traditional cigarettes, and Juul still claims their product is meant for existing smokers to quit. JUUL delivers high levels of nicotine in a vapor, and the product is extremely addictive.
The questionable advertising and a spate of lung injury linked to vaping devices has put a lot of legal pressure on Juul. The company has replaced their CEO, cut down a large part of marketing, and has recalled many Juul pod flavors, which came as the FDA issued a nationwide ban.
Both the CDC and the American Medical Association are recommending that people avoid vaping entirely. The concerns are high after thousands of lung injury cases have been reported, and the levels of youth nicotine addiction have jumped.
Vaping is essentially smoking without the smoke. Users inhale a vapor produced by heating nicotine liquid, often referred to as “juuling.” Vaping companies still deny that they have marketed their products to young consumers, though critics quickly point to advertising with youthful images and colors, animation, and actors who look under 21.
Vaping is meant to be a healthier alternative to smoking, though there are a number of health and addiction risks involved. Many consumer safety advocates point to teen vaping addiction rates and argue that vaping is a lot more addictive than cigarettes.
E-cigarettes like Juul pods contain high levels of nicotine. One JUUL pod contains the equivalent nicotine to one pack of cigarettes. Addiction, in turn, can impact a youth’s ability to focus. E-cigarettes also contain cancer-causing compounds, and vaping lung irritation and lung disease may cause damage to immune system cells.
There have been dozens of reported vaping deaths and hundreds of cases of lung illness linked to vaping. Just like cigarettes, vaping increases heart rate and blood pressure, and can increase circulatory problems.
Juul packaging does not convey the safety risks. And furthermore, JUUL in has re-branded smoking to make vaping an even cooler and more popular alternative.
Under pressure from the FDA and consumer safety attorneys around the country, Juul Labs has complied with a flavored vape ban. The Juul recall takes a number of flavored vape juices off the market. Only tobacco and menthol flavors remain an shelves, and stores are meant to increase scrutiny to make sure nobody under 21 purchases a vape device.
The vaping industry is facing numerous class action vaping addiction lawsuits as well as individual teen vaping personal injury claims. The Lyon Firm is currently investigating teen vaping addiction cases and will review all injury claims related to vaping or Juul products.
Just as Big Tobacco targeted youths for years and downplayed the risks of their product, vaping companies, also in part owned by Altria and Philip Morris, are placing profit before public health safety. Product Liability lawsuits can recover compensation for consumers, and can hold corporation liable for their negligent actions.
Any consumer, teens or adult, who has developed a severe addiction after using vaping products, or has fallen ill with a lung condition, may have a viable claim against Juul or another e-cigarette company. The Lyon Firm is proud to represent plaintiffs nationwide.
If you or a loved one has developed an addiction or respiratory illness after using a Juul device or another vaping device, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding teen vaping addiction lawsuits.