Frightening E-cig Trends: Hazards, Complaints, and New Legislation

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updates with JUUL lawsuits and e-cig legislation
Updates with JUUL lawsuits and e-cig legislation are on the horizon.

As time marches on, there have been plenty of updates with JUUL lawsuits and e-cig legislation. In fact, there have been new potentially harmful chemicals discovered in JUUL e-liquids, and thousands of complaints have recently been revealed. These discoveries highlight a real and frightening e-cig trend: Thousands of people have been injured, and over fifty people have even died from e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). Nicotine addiction in middle- and high-schoolers has also been on the rise, which has led to states’ attorneys generals, school districts, and individuals taking action. Here’s what you need to know.

New Lawsuits

In addition to the many lawsuits already ongoing, recent developments show that new school districts are suing the e-cig megalith JUUL Labs. Among the latest to join the battle against the vaping titan are Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified.

Furthermore, some states have taken action against JUUL Labs. New York, North Carolina, and California are all suing for damages related to vaping, mostly focusing on financial losses incurred because of middle- and high-schoolers’ absences, additional security costs, and training implementation costs.

Discovered Harms

A recent study conducted by Harvard researchers in December, 2019 found that JUUL pods may contain endotoxins and high levels of glucan. Both substances can be potentially harmful, as is stated in previous research done on other e-cig devices:

Adverse responses of respiratory and immunological systems to exposure to endotoxin and glucan in epidemiologic studies (responses such as reduced lung function; increase in nonatopic asthma, bronchial hyper-responsiveness and peripheral leucocyte count; inflammation; and airflow obstruction) suggest the potential effects on the inhalation exposure route during EC smoking.

(Lee et al.)

In particular, JUUL’s tobacco and menthol flavored pods were found to be contaminated with high levels of glucan when compared with other flavor options (crème, mango, fruit, and cucumber). As it so happens, those are the only two JUUL pod flavors left on the market.

This new data only serves to further compound what we already know about JUUL and e-cigarettes in general: There is no safe level of usage.

Complaints Revealed

New complaints have been brought to light by the FDA—over 2,600, to be precise. While JUUL Labs logged 1.3 million complaints between 2015 and 2018, just over 300 complaints were categorized as “health experiences” or “health events.” However, in July 2018, JUUL Labs discovered an additional 2,300 health-related complaints via an online channel that asked users to further explain their JUUL experience.

In the complaints, people reported a variety of symptoms, including canker sores, numbness and tingling of the lips or mouth, burning in the lungs, fever, chills, and more. One woman had a severe reaction in which she coughed to the point her throat began to bleed.

Aside from the health-related complaints, 12% (about 156,000) of the total complaints discussed an infamous issue with JUUL pods: leakage. Some people reported getting ill after accidentally ingesting the e-liquid, and others reported burning of the eyes after e-liquid squirted from the pod. However, JUUL reportedly determined that these leaks did not constitute a health hazard.

Federal Legislation

New federal legislation has been enacted in light of the continual vaping crisis. First, on December 20, 2019, the President of the United States signed a bill that officially raised the minimum age required to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. Later on the same day, the FDA officially issued a warning on its website, stating, “It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes – to anyone under 21.”

Additionally, perhaps one of the most anticipated updates with JUUL lawsuits and e-cig legislation is the new FDA policy that officially bans flavored e-liquid pods (except tobacco and menthol). However, this policy only applies to pre-filled pods; tank vaporizer systems that require manual filling are exempt from this flavor ban.

Suffer an Injury from JUUL or Another E-cigarette?

It’s important to be aware of the updates with JUUL lawsuits and e-cig legislation. As time goes on, more information may be revealed that may aid you in your personal injury case. If you were injured from an e-cigarette or JUUL, contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys today. We’ll give you a free consultation and work with you on your personal injury case.

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