Lawsuits for Teen Addiction to JUUL, Vaping Devices, and E-Cigarettes in West Palm Beach, Florida
Smith & Vanture is a law firm in West Palm Beach, Florida who is reviewing and taking cases from parents of teens who may have become addicted to JUUL, vaping devices, and e-cigarettes. If you are a young adult who became addicted to JUUL, vaping devices, and e-cigarettes as a teen, you may also be able to join a growing number of young adults and teens who are pursuing lawsuits against vaping companies. If you or someone you love became addicted to JUUL, vaping, or E-cigarettes as a teen, consider reaching out to Smith & Vanture today. Our attorneys can review the details of your case, provide an honest assessment of whether you have a claim, and assist you with the next steps.
JUUL Labs, Inc. Faces FDA Warning
In early September, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration warned JUUL Labs Inc. about its outreach practices that may have targeted youths. According to the FDA warning letter, a school presentation made by JUUL allegedly included claims that JUUL was “much safer than cigarettes.” The FDA is requesting more information from the company, asking the company to support these claims.
According to the Truth Initiative, as many as 5.2% of young adults use e-cigarettes, as of 2015. Additionally, young adults and teens also report having tried or used e-cigarettes. Many teens who use e-cigarettes may not be aware that these devices contain nicotine, which can be addictive. According to the CDC, vaping devices can contain “nicotine,” “ultrafine particles,” “volatile organic compounds,” “cancer-causing chemicals” and other substances. The CDC further notes that nicotine can be harmful to “adolescent brain development” and that young adults who use vaping devices may be more likely to become smokers in the future.
If your teen has become addicted to vaping devices, has used vaping devices, or if you are concerned about your teen’s vaping or e-cigarette use, you may be able to join a growing number of parents who are seeking lawsuits against JUUL Labs Inc. and other vaping companies. Smith & Vanture are personal injury lawyers in West Palm Beach, Florida who are taking cases where individuals became addicted to e-cigarettes when they were still under age. If you have a question about whether you might have a case, consider reaching out to Smith & Vanture today.
Mysterious Lung Illness Associated with Vaping
The Centers for Disease Control has reported on an “outbreak” of lung injuries and illnesses associated with e-cigarette smoking and vaping products. According to CNBC, the number of people possibly impacted by lung illness and injuries from vaping products has exceeded 1,000 people across the nation, with 18 reported deaths. The CDC is investigating the causes of this lung illness and has issued a recommendation that individuals avoid using e-cigarettes and vaping devices while the investigation is underway. The initial investigation suggests that a majority of individuals who may have fallen ill might have used vaping devices with THC. It is possible that the illnesses may be the result of modifications that might have been made to vaping devices, but the CDC continues to investigate.
What are the symptoms of vaping-related lung illness? According to the Food & Drug Administration, many patients who experienced illness started to feel symptoms including: “breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, and/or chest pain.” The Centers for Disease Control notes that patients who have become ill have experienced “cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain.” Others experienced “nausea” and “vomiting.” While others experienced “fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain.” If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, you may want to seek the assistance of a medical professional right away.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with vaping-related lung injuries, and if you and your family are wondering whether you have a case, consider speaking to Smith & Vanture, personal injury lawyers in West Palm Beach, Florida today. Our attorneys can review your case and help you understand the next steps you may be able to take. The number of cases appears to be growing and our law firm is closely watching this situation as it develops.
Is Your Teen Addicted to Vaping, E-Cigarettes, or JUUL? What You Can Do
If your teen has become addicted to e-cigarettes, vaping, or JUUL, you may be understandably alarmed. Not only are vaping-related lung diseases hitting the news, but also nicotine is highly addictive and can be damaging to the developing teen brain. What are some steps you can take as a parent if you suspect your teen might be addicted to nicotine?
- Talk to your teen. Not all teens might be aware that e-cigarettes and vaping devices contain nicotine. Talk to your teens about the dangers of nicotine and the high potential for addiction. If you teen is using vaping devices, consider talking to your teen about quitting.
- Offer support. Quitting nicotine can be difficult. Providing support for your teen can go a long way. However, before using any smoking cessation method, you may want to consult a doctor or medical professional because many smoking cessation methods are not approved for teens.
- Get Additional Support. Reach out to your local community for support. Your community may have support groups for teens and youths who want to quit smoking or vaping. Furthermore, if your teen became addicted to vaping or e-cigarette use when he or she was under age, you may be able to join a growing number of families seeking damages from e-cigarette and vaping companies.
Smith & Vanture are personal injury lawyers in West Palm Beach, Florida who may be able to assist you if you have questions about whether you and your loved ones might have the right to pursue a lawsuit for youth vaping addiction. Vaping companies have been facing pushback for their efforts to possibly target young smokers in their campaigns. Smith & Vanture can review your case and provide you with a road map forward. We can offer you an honest appraisal of your case and may be able to help you take the next steps.