Far from being a safe alternative to cigarettes, e-cigarettes and “vaping” are causing serious injuries and deaths in teens and adults throughout the country. The explosive growth of e-cigarettes―especially among youths―is raising concerns among physicians, government regulators, and parents about the health consequences of vaping. This comes on the heels of allegations that e-cigarette manufacturers like JUUL have been illegally marketing the devices to minors through tactics such as promoting kid friendly flavors like mango, fruit, and mint.
The number of young adults aged 18 to 21 who tried JUUL increased more than 400 percent from July 2017 to October 2018. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among American youth. JUUL, which accounts for two-thirds of the U.S. e-cigarette market, is appealing to young people because it looks like a computer flash drive, is small and easy to hide, and delivers a potent dose of nicotine. One JUUL pod reportedly contains 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine.
Illnesses Related to Vaping and E-cigarette Use is Skyrocketing
By 2019, reports began pouring in about illnesses related to vaping and e-cigarette use, including teens and adults hospitalized for severe respiratory problems. In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that “reports of adverse experiences with tobacco products that mentioned seizures occurring with e-cigarette use (e.g., vaping) signal a potential emerging safety issue.”
In September 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the number of vaping-related illnesses skyrocketed to at least 450 cases in 33 states and the Virgin Islands and urged people to avoid using e-cigarettes. Legislators are also launching investigations into these products, which are not regulated by the FDA.
Maine’s Leading Product Liability Lawyers Are Pursuing Compensation for Those Hurt by JUUL and Other E-Cigarettes
Along with deceptive marketing designed to hook youths on nicotine, the proliferation of severe e-cigarette injuries has led to the filing of hundreds of lawsuits throughout the U.S. against e-cigarette companies, including JUUL. These suits accuse these companies of aggressively marketing their products to minors and failing to warn them of the products’ highly addictive levels of nicotine and other health dangers. Victims are also pursuing claims for vaping-related illnesses and injuries.
Berman & Simmons, Maine’s premier product liability law firm, is investigating and pursuing claims on behalf of those harmed by e-cigarettes. For over a century, our dangerous and defective products lawyers have been holding corporations accountable for the damage they cause. We are the statewide leader in product liability law, and we use our unmatched experience and resources to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for clients who have been harmed by JUUL and other e-cigarette companies.