JUUL E-Cigarettes Put Young People at Risk of Addiction, Injuries
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 30 percent of 12th grade students smoked cigarettes in 1976. By 2018, that number was down to 3.6 percent. Unfortunately, many teenagers and young adults have replaced traditional cigarettes with e-cigarettes, which include JUUL.
E-cigarette usage has increased significantly among adolescents, especially during the past decade. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that only around 1.5 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes. By 2017, the year that JUUL became a major player in the e-cigarette marketplace, that number increased to 11.7 percent, and in 2018, it increased again to nearly 21 percent.
The CDC says that e-cigarettes are unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults. That’s because they contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and damaging to developing brains. In addition, e-cigarettes contain harmful substances other than nicotine which are linked to many health problems, especially in young people.
JUUL Devices Are Marketed to Teens and Young Adults
E-cigarette manufacturers market their devices, including JUULs, to young people by advertising on social media and by making the devices more appealing to use and carry. JUULs are small, sleek, and low-profile. In fact, they resemble USB storage devices, making them easy to conceal or blend in with students’ school supplies and in their backpacks.
In addition to being easily hidden, JUUL devices use nicotine pods that contain appealing flavors. JUUL devices also produce vapors that quickly dissipate, making them easier to use at school or in other public settings without detection.
Finally, the nicotine salts contained in JUUL pods are specially designed to produce intense effects on users. That can increase both their addictive potential as well as the dangers they pose to teens, adolescents, and young adults.
Serious Injuries Are Associated with JUUL Use
In addition to being highly addictive, the nicotine pods and vapors produced by JUUL devices can cause users to suffer serious health problems and injuries, such as:
- Lung disease and complications—The aerosol produced by e-cigarettes like JUUL isn’t a harmless water vapor. Instead, it contains many potentially harmful chemicals, including both cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals, that can cause lung disease and injuries.
- Seizures—In August 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an investigation into the link between e-cigarettes and seizures after receiving more than 120 reports of seizures after using the devices. JUUL pods contain high levels of nicotine, and nicotine poisoning is linked to seizures.
- Stroke and heart attack—In early 2019, HealthDay News reported that vaping is tied to an increased risk of strokes, heart attacks, and heart disease. People who use e-cigarettes have a 71 percent higher risk of stroke, 59 percent higher risk of heart attack, and 40 percent higher risk of heart disease.
We’re Here to Help JUUL Victims Get the Money They Deserve
Due to the risks posed by nicotine, flavored vapors, and the devices themselves, e-cigarettes aren’t safe alternatives to smoking. In fact, they carry many risks of their own, especially when they’re used by young people.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we believe that the manufacturers of devices like JUUL should be held accountable when their products cause harm to innocent people. If you or someone you love used JUUL and became addicted to nicotine or experienced health problems, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our defective product lawyers today—we’re ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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