Vaping Lawsuits: JUUL Lawsuit California
If you have become addicted to nicotene or suffered other injuries associated with using JUUL vaping devices, call us to learn more about filing a JUUL lawsuit.
Also known as e-cigarettes, JUUL vaping devices are designed to look like USB flash drives, pens, cigarettes, and other common devices that can be easily hidden and mistaken for school utensils. They have become widely popular among young adults and teenagers because of their use of candy inspired flavors and slick marketing imagery. The devices are filled with liquid that contains nicotene and other chemicals and artificial flavors that are extremely dangerous and addictive.
One JUUL cartridge contains roughly the same amount of nicotene as an entire pack of cigarettes (the JUUL brand contains twice as much nicotene as other brands of e-cigarettes) and most young people use multiple cartridges at a time. Not only are young people consuming extreme levels of nicotene, but the Journal of Pediatrics reported that the propylene glycol and/or glycerol used as additives and solvents become carcinogenic when heated. They also noted that vaping is likely to result in greater harm to adolescents than to adults, given their vulnerability to the acute and chronic effects of toxic chemicals, and from their cumulative exposure from inhaling these toxins so early in life.
JUUL Injuries: The Side Effects of Vaping
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, some of the known short-term effects resulting from the use of JUUL e-cigarettes and other vaping devices include rapid deterioration of vascular function, increased heart rate, and elevated diastolic blood pressure. They note that the long term effects are largely unknown, as these devices have only been on the market for just over ten years.
Some of the chemicals found in vape juice include:
- formaldehyde, which is embalming fluid
- toluene, an ingredient in paint thinners
- acrolein, a chemical used in water treatment ponds to kill algae
When heated, vape products can produce particles of heavy metals that can become lodged in lung tissue, including:
All of these chemicals and metals can cause inflammation in the bronchioles, a condition known as bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn lung.” Similar to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), briolitis obliterans is a serious lung disease that is irreversible. Symptoms include chronic coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
If you or your child has suffered any of the above injuries or have become addicted to nicotene after using JUUL vaping devices, contact us today to discuss how we may seek compensation for your:
- Past and future medical expenses that result from the injuries, including addiction treatment.
- Past and future pain and suffering (physical and mental) caused by the injuries, and the treatment and recovery process.
- Past and future loss of enjoyment of life.
- Punitive damages, if appropriate.