Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes and vaping products) are designed to provide an alternative to smoking cigarettes. They look like common products such as writing pens and USB flash drives, and do not require lighting or burning. The invention and now widespread use of these electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) has exploded nicotine addiction in children, especially via pod-based products like JUUL. A single JUUL pod contains the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of traditional cigarettes, making e-cigarettes highly addictive and causing JUUL injuries.
After years of steady decline in the use of tobacco products by children and young adults, electronic cigarettes have caused a rapid resurgence in the use of tobacco products in these populations. E-cigarette use increased 10-fold between 2011 and 2016. For every one adult who stops smoking and switches to vaping, an additional 81 children begin vaping.
Vape pens utilize a liquid containing nicotine and a variety of flavors, as well as propylene glycol and glycerin, among other dangerous chemicals. Diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease, was found in more than 75% of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids tested by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A battery and heating coils heat the liquid, turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled. This is why its use is often referred to as “vaping.”
JUUL products are manufactured by JUUL Labs and were introduced into the market in 2015. The products rapidly became the most popular e-smoking devices on the market, particularly for teenagers and young adults. Contrary to claims they are safer than cigarettes, recent studies show e-cigarettes actually expose users to dangerous health risks, including an increased likelihood of developing bronchiolitis obliterans – more commonly referred to as “popcorn lung,” and other JUUL injuries.
JUUL currently holds at least 68% of the market share in the e-cigarette market, projected to be worth $86.43 billion by 2025.
JUUL Injuries Lawyers
Financial compensation may be available through a JUUL pod injury lawsuit due to the manufacturer’s reckless marketing of these vaping devices and failure to warn about known dangers associated with the use of e-cigarettes. We are handling cases throughout Texas and across the country for individuals and families. Contact us today for more information on how we can help.