Big Tobacco Companies Named in E-Cigarettes Lawsuit
In April of 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began investigating an increase in seizures with adolescents and young adults who were using e-cigarettes. Some victims of this medical issue had already filed lawsuits with a nurse attorney or a product liability attorney to claim that they had been misled about the dangers of e-cigarettes.
JUUL Labs Inc. makes 75% of the product currently sold in the U.S. In December of 2018, Altria-Phillip Morris bought 35% of JUUL labs, and they are also accountable for the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes. Eight smaller companies also produce and sell these tobacco-like products, and all will find themselves in lawsuits.
What is an E-Cigarette?
An Electronic Cigarette also known as an e-cigarette, vape pens, vaporizer cigarettes, or electronic nicotine delivery systems has a rechargeable battery that activates a sensor to emit doses of nicotine for the smoker to inhale. It is similar to the sensation a regular cigarette smoker experiences when they inhale a cigarette made of tobacco.
E-cigarettes were first sold on the market in 2004, and by 2016 millions of people in the world were using them with 3.2% of adults in the U.S. regularly using the device. The original intent for the E-Cigarette was to help people quit smoking, but the results have been insignificant.
Unfortunately, the idea of “Vaping” has become the most popular form of tobacco use among teenagers and its use has risen 900% among high school students between 2005 and 2011, which means that over 2 million students between the ages of 18 and 24 years have tried e-cigarettes. Of these young adults, 40% had not been smokers before.
Risks of E-Cigarettes
When the smoker uses an e-cigarette, they activate a heat sensor which vaporizes liquid nicotine that may have a flavor added. This vapor is inhaled and gives the smoker a smoking sensation. However, with the nicotine, there is also the possibility of inhaling other toxic chemicals such as dicetyl which can cause a condition known as “popcorn lung.” This is a severe and irreversible lung disease, and it is the kind of medical disease from “vaping” that can be grounds for a product liability lawsuit and the services of a nurse attorney.
It has been found that teens who start smoking e-cigarettes are very likely to take up regular smoking once they become accustomed to the intake of nicotine. Nicotine itself is known to damage the adolescent brain, and it is also proven to be harmful during pregnancy.
Reasons for Lawsuits
The State of Illinois, on August 27, 2019, filed a lawsuit against JUUL Labs Inc., and Phillip Morris Inc., on behalf of a young adult who became seriously ill after smoking an e-cigarette. The JUUL design for the e-cigarette makes it very attractive to younger adults, and the manufacturers claim that “juuling” is much safer than smoking tobacco.
In North Carolina, the state is suing 8 manufacturers of e-cigarettes claiming that the manufacturers enhance the smoking experience with flavors like cotton candy, gummy bear, unicorn, and graham cracker to appeal to the younger smoker. The lawsuit wants to prevent the sale of any e-cigarettes to young adults and to limit the flavors of these devices to menthol and nicotine. They see the risk as too great for the young population of the state, and they plan to prove that the sale targets the younger population.
Michigan Bans the Sale of Flavored E-cigarettes
On September 4, 2019 Michigan became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stated that her number one priority is keeping kids safe and protecting the health of Michigan citizens.
E-cigarettes have come under a great deal of scrutiny recently because of the threats they pose due to the toxic chemicals that can be inhaled by the smoker and the fact that tobacco companies seem to be targeting young adults.
At the Law Firm of Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. we are in the cutting edge of these developments, and if you think you or a member of your family has a medical condition due to smoking e-cigarettes, we can help you. Contact us at Cochranlaw.com or call 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) for a free consultation. We never charge a fee unless we win your case.