Are JUULs Safe?
JUUL is a company that sells e-cigarettes designed to be used as an alternative for smoking traditional cigarettes. While JUUL is intended to be a smoking device for adult smokers, the company offers several flavored options that have attracted teenaged smokers across the country to engage in vaping. Unfortunately, many consumers of JUUL are unaware of the many risks of using e-cigarettes. If you or a family member developed a serious illness as a result of using JUUL, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia vaping injury attorney. The Reiff Law Firm recognizes how an illness caused by overexposure to JUUL products can substantially impact your life, and we are prepared to help you pursue compensation for your injury. Our firm is here to explain whether JUULs are safe for consumer use.
Health Risks Associated with JUULing
JUUL or JUULing is not only the name of an e-cigarette company but also a term used to describe vaping or the use of e-cigarettes. This term was coined likely as a nod to JUUL Labs Incorporated’s domination of the market when it comes to sales of e-cigarettes and the e-fluid or JUUL pods needed to use these devices. JUUL pods are manufactured to deliver a variety of flavors from menthol to mint into a JUUL e-cigarette device that resembles a flash drive.
While many people are drawn to the sleek look of JUUL e-cigarettes, they are likely not aware of the adverse health conditions that may accompany long-term use of JUUL. One possible health risk that is arising in several cases against the company is the development of popcorn lung by avid users of JUUL.
Popcorn lung is the scarring of the air sacs of the lungs that result in the clogging and thickening of lung airways. This lung illness can often be identified by scans showing black spots scattered across the lungs of a victim. As the condition is irreversible, the victim will have to live with decreased lung functionality for the rest of their life.
Studies conducted on the contents of JUUL pods point to diacetyl and a mixture of other chemical compounds that may contribute to causing popcorn lung. Diacetyl was known to be used as flavoring in a number of products over a decade ago and recently revived for use in e-cigarettes. However, scientists and consumers alike have a difficult time identifying all the ingredients in JUUL pods because full ingredient lists were not provided due to loose regulations.
While the full contents of JUUL pods have not yet been deciphered, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has determined that JUUL e-cigarettes do emit some levels of formaldehyde. If an individual is overexposed to vapor containing formaldehyde, they are at a higher risk for developing multiple forms of cancer from leukemia to brain cancer.
It is also important to note that there are other dangers associated with e-cigarettes, like the explosion of some devices. While there are no reported cases of JUUL e-cigarettes exploding, the same is not true for other brands of cigarettes on the market. In March of 2018, an e-cigarette manufactured by VGOD Incorporated exploded in the mouth of a teenager leaving him with a cracked jaw and missing several teeth. This is just one case of exploding e-cigarettes that could easily trigger a product liability lawsuit. Many other brands have also exploded while stored in the pockets of consumers and under other circumstances.
To learn more about filing a lawsuit for an injury suffered as a result of using e-cigarettes, continue reading and contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney today.
When to File an E-Cigarette Injury Lawsuit
If you believe that JUUL or another e-cigarette company is responsible for you developing a serious illness, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. When filing any civil lawsuit, a plaintiff should be reminded that the statute of limitations will apply to their case. The statute of limitations sets the length of time that a plaintiff has to file a particular type of case.
In Pennsylvania, victims of a personal injury have up to two years to file their claim with the court. If the injury claim is not filed within two years of the deadline, the court will bar the plaintiff’s claim. However, there are some ways to extend the filing deadline.
It is also important to note that a plaintiff may be eligible to file other types of claims if JUUL or other e-cigarette companies engaged in deceptive practices regarding the safety of their products. Our firm can help you learn about other potential claims that you may have against an e-cigarette company for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Potential Claim
If you or a family member suffered a serious injury after using e-cigarettes, contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer today. You should not have to bear the burden of expensive medical bills and other health complications because of the negligence and deceptive tactics of an e-cigarette company. The Reiff Law Firm is here to help you explore your legal options. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000, or contact us online.