The District of Columbia joins three other states in filing lawsuits against e-cigarette maker JUUL, accusing the industry leader of marketing its product to kids, understating how much nicotine is in its products, and lying about its efforts to fight youth smoking in the city.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed the lawsuit on Nov. 26, 2019, just one week after attorneys general in California and New York filed similar suits, as reported by NPR.
“JUUL was marketing its product without specifically noting that the product contains nicotine, which is a very addictive chemical. Moreover, JUUL borrowed its marketing strategies from the Big Tobacco playbook, which was really focused on drawing in teenagers. In addition, while JUUL has over time started to take some actions to verify age of the buyers online, the reality is that their methods were sporadic initially and ineffective,” Racine said in an interview.
JUUL is facing pressure from lawmakers and regulators like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in addition to the numerous lawsuits filed by states, school districts, and individuals across the country. The company is accused of targeting minors in its advertising which has contributed to a youth vaping epidemic.
The potential dangers of vaping were realized this past summer when e-cigarette users were sickened with mysterious lung illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported 2,290 cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI), as of Nov. 20, 2019. At least 47 people have died as a result of the illness.
Individuals who used e-cigarettes and experienced adverse side effects are filing lawsuits against major e-cigarette manufacturers including JUUL, Blu, and NJoy.
If you used e-cigarettes and suffered side effects like nicotine addiction, asthma, chronic bronchitis, COPD, lung disease, heart attack, pneumonia, or seizures, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
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