The JUUL is an e-cigarette marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes and other traditional forms of tobacco. Scientific research suggests that JUUL users are susceptible to a number of diseases and ailments, including lipoid pneumonia, popcorn lung, and nicotine poisoning—conditions that can lead to severe injury or even death.
Sanders Phillips Grossman is filing lawsuits against Juul Labs, Inc. for failure to warn about these dangerous and potentially deadly side effects. If you have suffered health problems from using JUUL products, including popcorn lung, seizures, comas, or lipoid pneumonia, please contact us for a free case evaluation.
What is JUUL?
In recent years, vaping has become a popular alternative to cigarettes due to its lower cost, more efficient nicotine delivery, and lack of off-putting side effects such as smoke and smell. Vaping has also been marketed as an alternative to cigarettes because it is supposedly safer, with many users claiming that vaping has helped them quit tobacco entirely.
The JUUL is one of the most popular vaping products worldwide. In addition to its low cost, JUUL boasts ease of use compared to other e-cigarettes, as well as a diverse lineup of nicotine cartridges, such as mint, mango, and menthol. Unlike traditional e-cigarette devices, JUUL devices are small and compact, allowing them to be more easily carried around and maintained. JUUL nicotine cartridges are also easy to install and use.
Juul Labs, Inc. was founded in 2015 and became the most popular e-cigarette in the U.S. at the end of 2017. As of September 2018, JUUL products account for 72 percent of the U.S. vaping market. In December 2018, Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris Companies) acquired a 35 percent stake in Juul Labs, Inc., and the company has recently expanded to overseas markets, including Canada, the U.K., Germany, and Russia.
JUUL Use Linked to Lipoid Pneumonia, Nicotine Poisoning, and Popcorn Lung
The extremely high levels of nicotine in JUUL cartridges have been linked to lipoid pneumonia, nicotine poisoning, and popcorn lung. Other potential side effects from using JUUL products include cancer and leukemia.
Lipoid pneumonia, also known as cholesterol pneumonia, is a rare form of pneumonia where lipids enter the bronchial tree. A 2018 case study by BMJ Case Reports suggested a link between vaping and lipoid pneumonia due to the presence of vegetable glycerin in nicotine cartridges.
Nicotine poisoning is a condition where the body has a negative reaction to excess nicotine. Extreme cases of nicotine poisoning can result in seizures or comas. A 2019 study by Chemical Research in Toxicology found that JUUL and other types of e-cigarettes have nicotine concentrations high enough to be potentially toxic to users.
Popcorn lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, is a condition where the small airways of the lungs are damaged or obstructed. It is called “popcorn lung” because it is commonly caused by inhaling diacetyl, a chemical used in microwave popcorn to make it taste buttery. According to a 2019 study in Scientific Reports, e-cigarette users may be at risk of popcorn lung due to irritants used to manufacture nicotine e-liquid.
Symptoms of Lipoid Pneumonia
- Chronic coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood or blood-filled mucus
- Weight loss
- Difficulty swallowing
- Night sweats
Symptoms of Nicotine Poisoning
- Increased blood pressure
- Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rate)
- Loss of appetite
- Extreme fatigue
- Hearing/vision impairment
Symptoms of Popcorn Lung
- Wheezing that is unrelated to other health conditions, such as asthma or bronchitis
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Extreme fatigue
- Rapid breathing
- Persistent nose, mouth, eye, or skin irritation
Did Juul Labs Fail to Warn the Public About Negative Side Effects of JUUL Use?
Nicotine is a known dangerous substance, and tobacco manufacturers have a duty to inform users about the consequences of using their products. However, e-cigarette manufacturers, including Juul Labs, Inc., have often marketed their products as being safer or less risky than cigarettes and other traditional means of consuming nicotine.
While the official JUUL website and the packaging on the company’s products contains standard warnings about the risks of using nicotine, little can be found on either about the specific risks of e-cigarette usage, including nicotine poisoning, popcorn lung, and lipoid pneumonia. While Juul Labs, Inc. has frequently touted its products’ ability to help users quit nicotine altogether, the company avoids discussing deaths and injuries related to JUUL usage.
FDA Action and Lawsuits Against Juul Labs, Inc.
In September 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent letters to Juul Labs, Inc. and other major e-cigarette manufacturers, asking them to address widespread youth use of their products. Later that month, the FDA performed an unannounced inspection of Juul Labs, Inc.’s headquarters in San Francisco, seizing thousands of pages of documents on the company’s marketing practices.
Also in 2018, Juul Labs, Inc. was named in two California lawsuits, which alleged that the company incorrectly marketed JUUL products as safe despite the higher nicotine content of JUUL cartridges compared to cigarettes. A lawsuit filed in June 2018 in New York alleged that JUUL products contain more nicotine than is necessary to satisfy adult smokers and that JUUL use by the plaintiff’s 15-year-old son left him “heavily addicted to nicotine.”
In October 2019, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Juul Labs, Inc. in the U.S. District Court in Northern California. The suit alleges that David Wakefield, the son of the plaintiff, died in his sleep in August 2018 after using JUUL products for two years. Another lawsuit filed that month alleges that 21-year-old Connor Evans of Pennsylvania was hospitalized in May 2019 for lung illnesses related to JUUL use.
As of September 2019, Juul Labs, Inc. was a defendant in dozens of federal court cases related to its marketing practices and alleged deaths and illnesses related to using its products.
Receive a Free JUUL Lawsuit Evaluation
Anyone who used JUUL products and was diagnosed by a doctor as having lipoid pneumonia, nicotine poisoning, or popcorn lung may be eligible for a lawsuit against Juul Labs, Inc. JUUL lawsuits can recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical and mental suffering, and other losses that result from a vaping-related illness.
Sanders Phillips Grossman is a nationally-recognized law firm with a strong track record of holding big companies accountable for marketing dangerous and defective products. The firm and its affiliates have been protecting victims’ rights for over 50 years and have recovered more than $40 billion for our clients.
To discuss a JUUL lawsuit with an attorney, free of charge, please contact Sanders Phillips Grossman for a free consultation. You pay no out-of-pocket legal fees, and no fees at all unless we win your case.