Vaping is one of the biggest and most serious health issues in recent history. JUUL Labs and other e-cigarette companies have intentionally allowed corporate greed to poison kids for profit.
Recently the FDA came down very hard on JUUL. The agency sent a letter to JUUL Labs blasting the company for illegally marketing e-cigarettes to children. JUUL was ordered to correct the violation immediately or face the consequences.
We are hereby, on behalf of our clients and all of the other teenagers and children throughout the country that have been hurt by vaping, requesting the FDA to order JUUL and the other vaping companies to immediately pull their products from the market.
Teenagers and children were targeted by JUUL Labs at schools, summer camps and in other locations in order to take over the market. They used sweet flavors like fruit, mango and creme brulee to attract our children. Currently JUUL has more than 75% of the vaping market.
They may be the largest, but JUUL is not the only offender. Many other companies also sell vaping devices and nicotine pods both in stores and online. These have also blatantly targeted children with candy flavors like bubble gum, slushie and butterscotch, and teens with catchy or trendy names like unicorn, kryptonite, yellow submarine and cereal killa.
The number of children in the U.S. who have vaped is now at 5 million. It appears the Trump administration is going to take strong action against the vaping industry including removal from the market of flavored products. While that is a start, there is much more the federal government can do. JUUL and other companies like it must be required to recall these products, many of which are still easily available online, that clearly market to young people.
One 5% pod contains roughly the same amount of nicotine as one pack of cigarettes. Using e-cigarettes comes with many health risks including severe nicotine addiction, seizures, heart attacks, lung damage, mental health problems and birth defects.
There have been at least 6 deaths and hundreds of serious illnesses caused by vaping.
JUUL Labs spun off from PAX Labs in 2015. The company is now partially owned by Altria Group Inc., the maker of Marlboro Cigarettes. Altria paid $15 Billion in 2018 for a 35% stake in JUUL Labs. JUUL is expected have about $3.5 Billion in revenues this year.
Our law firm is heavily involved in the vaping litigation representing hundreds of clients across the country. We are committed to obtaining justice for our clients and to send a message to those greedy corporate executives who are poisoning kids for profit that our kids are off limits. For more information about these claims, contact Joseph VanZandt or Sydney Everett in our Mass Torts Section.