The attorneys at Montgomery & Ponder, LLC are investigating lawsuits related to the dangerous potential health effects of JUUL electronic cigarettes. JUUL is a USB-shaped smoking device that comes in a wide variety of flavors and advertised as a safe alternative to smoking. Because of this, JUUL has become increasingly popular among adult and teenage markets. Electronic cigarette use increased 10-fold between 2011 and 2016, and JUUL currently holds more than 50% of a market which is expected to be worth $86.43 billion by 2025. Reports are beginning to come out that show that the company’s claim of being a healthy alternative to smoking are not in fact true. Additionally, there is no evidence showing that JUUL is a reliable to for quitting smoking.
JUUL users are at a higher risk of developing injuries associated with nicotine use. JUUL uses a higher concentration of nicotine, and one JUUL pod contains about the same amount of nicotine as one pack of cigarettes. This high dose of nicotine puts users at a high risk of nicotine addiction in addition to nicotine related injuries. Researchers have found that not only are users exposed to a number of dangerous health risks commonly associated with cigarettes, but have a higher likelihood of developing bronchiolis obliterans (more commonly referred to as “popcorn lung”).
A research study has revealed that high levels of nicotine concentration found in JUUL electronic cigarettes are “sufficiently high to be cytotoxic, or toxic to living cells when test in vitro with cultured respiratory system cells.” Although federal regulations limit the sales of JUUL products to individuals 21 years and older, the product is prominent among adolescents, primarily middle-school and high-school aged youth. A class-action lawsuit was filed in April in the Middle District of Florida naming JUUL as the defendant. The named plaintiff is a 15 year old girl who began using JUUL when she was 14, and became addicted in addition to suffering seizures from swallowing the e-liquid nicotine. It is expected that lawsuits related to JUUL and other electronic cigarettes will only increase in the coming year.
If you or a loved one used JUUL electronic cigarettes and suffered a life threatening injury, please contact the attorneys at Montgomery & Ponder, LLC immediately at (205) 377-5004.