Juul vaping addiction lawsuits are being filed in Ohio and across the country on behalf of injured consumers
Vaping and E-cigarette products are still pretty new, and scientists are working to understand fully what their health implications may be. But much of the research available so far points to severe addiction potential, far more so than traditional cigarettes.
The rise of severe lung diseases linked to vaping products has alarmed health officials. The FDA and CDC have issued warnings to consumers, saying vaping injury is a serious risk, and using vape products is not recommended until more information is released.
In current Ohio class action vaping addiction lawsuits, plaintiffs argue Juul and other e-cig companies have targeted teens and the youth in marketing campaigns, not dissimilar to tobacco marketing campaigns of old. The vaping industry has also marketed their products as safe alternatives, and a mend to quit smoking, though reports of severe lung disease and vaping addiction have consumers and consumer protection attorneys filing class action lawsuits.
Even beyond nicotine, there are numerous ingredients in vaping liquids that could be harmful, leading to health conditions and vaping injury. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued warnings related to e-cigarettes and vaping addiction. Not only is nicotine very addictive, but studies show it is toxic to fetuses and may cause brain and lung damage if used during adolescence.
Joe Lyon is an Ohio consumer protection attorney and product liability lawyer investigating JUUL class action litigation and vaping addiction lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide.
Ohio vaping addiction lawsuits are following cases filed in other states, such as a recent claim in Illinois against Juul, alleging that the company markets its products to appeal to teens and young consumers. The lawsuit names Juul Labs, Philip Morris USA, and the Philip Morris parent company Altria as defendants, saying they encourage the use of vaping products and e-cigarettes in the youth market.
The plaintiff says he began using Juul e-cigarettes when he was 16, and had no knowledge that the product contained more nicotine than traditional cigarettes. The plaintiff says he is now addicted and suffers from asthma, according to the lawsuit.
Attorneys across the country say Juul and other vape companies, some owned by Big Tobacco, are using past marketing practices of tobacco firms and preying on the youth. Juul has responded by saying its products are meant as an alternative to regular cigarettes for adult smokers to help quit. Juul has now shut down its Facebook and Instagram promotions after being criticized heavily.
Vaping addiction lawsuits allege that Juul failed to warn consumers about addiction risks and injury risks, and many consumers have felt the effects of the dangerous products. Severe respiratory illness and lung disease has caused the hospitalization of hundreds and a few deaths. Attorneys have called the vaping industry negligent, deceptive, unfair and unlawful.
Tobacco use, once in decline, is again increasing in the U.S., in large part due to vaping products. About 1 in 5 high schoolers, and nearly 1 in 20 middle school students use e-cigarettes each month. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said earlier this month it received over 120 reports of seizures or neurological symptoms following vape and e-cig use.
Several deaths and hundreds of vaping illnesses have been linked to e-cigarettes. The litigation is still developing, but injured consumers have already contacted product liability attorneys to file vaping injury lawsuits against companies like Juul.
Juul, under investigation for deluding young consumers about the safety of e-cigarettes, has denied that their product presents a severe health risk. There are still several unknowns, however, Juul addiction lawsuits have moved forward, and plaintiffs are seeking compensation for e-cigarette injuries and severe vaping addiction. Lawsuits have named Juul and Altria as defendants. Juul has now discontinued the sales of flavored vaping products.
Lawsuits claim Juul marketed its products to underage consumers, and downplayed the vaping addiction risks of their product. Vaping users have suffered strokes, seizures, serious respiratory illness, and have become severely addicted to nicotine.
Juul continues to state that its products are meant as only an alternative to traditional cigarettes, though consumer safety lawyers say the company deliberately marketed vaping products to the youth.
As vaping injury and vaping addiction cases are piling up, many more lawsuits are expected in the coming months. Vaping injury cases and deceptive marketing lawsuits are likely to be consolidated in multidistrict litigation before a federal judge. State attorneys general are investigating the corporate actions of Juul, along with the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
If you or a loved one are addicted to a Juul product or another vaping device, 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, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding vaping addiction lawsuits.