E-cigarettes and vaping have steadily become more popular over the past 15 years, with many e-cigarette users unaware that the products they have been consuming are not approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Juul Labs and other e-cigarette manufacturers are awaiting the FDA’s decision on whether e-cigarettes will be approved for use, and if so, with what stipulations, as reported by Time.com.
Tobacco cigarettes have been linked to lung cancer for decades. The introduction of e-cigarettes to the market appealed to cigarette smokers as a way to get rid of the unhealthy side of smoking. Little did consumers know, e-cigarettes were never studied, tested, or approved for use. As such, the safety of e-cigarettes has yet to be established, and e-cigarettes may be just as harmful or even more harmful than smoking tobacco cigarettes.
In 2009, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law. However, because e-cigarettes were not very popular or well known at the time, the vaping industry was omitted from the FDA’s regulations concerning tobacco products. As such, the vaping industry has been allowed to roam free for more than a decade without oversight from government regulators.
Advocacy groups, parents, and many members of the public, are hoping the FDA will crack down and refuse to provide Juul and other e-cigarette manufacturers with what they want – approval of a product that has already injured and caused illnesses (and even death in some cases) to numerous individuals in the United States, with many victims being minors.
Juul faces thousands of lawsuits on all fronts – from individual consumers, parents on behalf of their injured or ill children, state and local governments, advocacy groups, and institutions, alleging that Juul’s advertisement campaigns targeted to youths fueled the e-cigarette epidemic among users under the age of eighteen.
Vaping injuries range from minor illnesses to burns or even death. Not only have some e-cigarettes “exploded,” demonstrating product safety dangers, but most of the harm has come in the form of serious illnesses suffered by minors and young adults. Examples of illnesses and injuries that have affected a wide range of e-cigarette users include, among others, the following:
While vaping causes similar injuries, all injured victims are evaluated independently. This means that two people may have the same exact injury, but the level of severity may be different. As such, working with a Juul lawyer is the best way to find out legal options for injured victims.
If Juul or other e-cigarette manufacturers have harmed you or a loved one, you may have legal options for seeking action against Juul and others. To determine whether you may have grounds to pursue legal action, you will need to discuss your matter with a Juul lawyer who represents clients like you.