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How Juul Is Capturing the Youth Tobacco Market

Since its inception in 2015, Silicon Valley company Juul has managed to dominate the vaping market. However, the startup has been the subject of action from the FDA, following evidence linking their dangerous products to hospitalizations and death and concern that the company has been targeting youths. If you or a loved one is a victim of vaping illness, now may be the time to consider enlisting the help of a product liability lawyer.

More Youths Are Vaping Now Than Ever Before

Vaping among teens is now a popular trend, but how did this happen? Stanford Research’s recent white paper release reveals some shocking information with regard to Juul’s marketing campaigns from their 2015 launch to the fall of 2018. 

Although the company adamantly denied targeting teens in its marketing campaigns, the white paper revealed that not only did an overwhelming majority of Juul ads target youth, but they employed the same tactics used by tobacco companies to do so.

As a result, the use of Juul products has skyrocketed among high-schoolers. Unfortunately, so have the number of vaping illness cases; so much so, that it has now become a public health crisis. Much like medical product device liability cases over the past few years, people are now seeking legal help for their vaping illnesses.

Downplaying the Dangers

Juul’s product is very discreet, looking just like a USB or flash drive. This makes it easy for teens to hide. It also boasts a variety of fruity flavors, which are easily associated with something healthy. Youth surveyed during the summer of 2018 also expressed that they liked Juul products because they were able to get a “buzz” from the e-cigarette.

The fact that their friends used Juul products was also a big reason that almost half of surveyed teens starting using them. Juul’s price point is another aspect of its popularity among the teen set; the device itself can cost up to $50, and a 4-pack of Juul “pods” is only $15, an amount far less than the $10 or more being charged for a pack of cigarettes.

girl smiling at her Juul

Juul Used Brilliant Marketing to Tempt Teens

Juul’s marketing relied heavily on social media. In fact, it was one of the first major brands of e-cigarettes to do so. Ads appeared on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. The company’s Instagram account included professional, artfully created photos that exuded sex appeal and linked use of the product to freedom and relaxation.

Juul’s main Instagram account advertised its many flavors, including Strawberry Lemonade, Watermelon, and Grape. In addition to its main Instagram account, Juul also had seven additional accounts related to its product. In total, these accounts gained over 25,000 followers.1

On the YouTube front, videos related to Juul products enjoyed high engagement and several thousand views. On Reddit, Juul-related products were a hot topic for well over 10,000 members.

Cross-marketing was also used by the company, as well as affiliate marketing and targeted campaigns to get youth interested in Juul.

Is Vaping Different Than Smoking?

Smoking relies on combustion to deliver nicotine and other ingredients to the lungs. The cigarette is lit to burn tobacco and create the smoke that is inhaled. Vaping doesn’t rely on burning or combustion; all vaping products release their nicotine in aerosol form, which is then inhaled.

When a regular cigarette is burned, approximately 7,000 chemicals are produced. When an e-cigarette like Juul produces is directly released into the lungs, droplets of chemicals are released.

How Juul Stacks Up Against Other E-Cigarette Products

Unlike e-cigarettes, which deliver a specific amount of nicotine, Juul users receive the full dose every time they inhale. Here’s another shocking revelation: The nicotine content of a single Juul pod is 0.7mL, which is equivalent to one pack of traditional cigarettes.2

This is far more than other e-cigarette products contain; nearly double the amount, to be exact, hence the “buzz” that teens reported receiving from one pull.

And, yet, Juul continued to market its product illegally, claiming that it was less harmful than the traditional cigarette. Even worse was a Juul representative who visited a school to speak, telling students directly that it was completely safe and far less harmful than cigarette smoking. Do you smell product class action lawsuits?

girl smoking juul by her car

Vaping Aerosols Are Anything but Harmless

Many assume that because vaping products release aerosols and not chemical-laden smoke, that these aerosols are pretty much the same as water vapor. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Where water vapor is harmless, the aerosol from a Juul vaping device contains a host of harmful chemicals, and many of these are not listed on the product’s label.

The fine particles produced when vaping liquid is heated and becomes an aerosol are delivered directly to the lungs. Even before that, chemical reactions occur following the mixing of flavors into vaping liquid. This mixing causes new molecules to form.

The ingredient vanillin is used to make e-liquid, but also to make vanilla flavoring in the baking and flavor chemicals industries. This ingredient that’s banned from traditional cigarettes emits chemicals which irritate the airways, in addition to causing serious health effects.

Not only that, but testing that Juul itself had done and published revealed that its liquids contain Group 1 carcinogens, the most potent of all carcinogens.

Health Effects of Inhaling Juul Aerosols

So, what can happen when the aerosol from an e-cigarette product like Juul enters the body? Nothing good, according to the National Center for Health Research. Nicotine is highly addictive and can impair lung and brain development in adolescents.

Thanks to the larger amount of benzoic acid contained in Juul products than in other e-cigarettes,  vomiting, sore throat, nausea, and abdominal pain have all been reported among users who were constantly exposed to the aerosol.

Juul products use nicotine salts, which are more readily absorbed into the bloodstream. The product can also cause shortness of breath and chest pain. Dizziness and headaches have also been reported among Juul users.

Because of the high nicotine content in a Juul pod, this product can be a gateway to the use of other tobacco products. There are many who are “poly users,” meaning that they use e-cigarettes as well as smoke traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products.

An increased risk of heart disease has been cited as another probable health effect of using Juul, as the liquid damages the lining of blood vessels. As well, inhaling high concentrations of nicotine can lead to seizures and also negatively affect reproductive health in terms of low birth weight, birth defects, stillbirths, and premature delivery.

Unfortunately, this may only be a short list of negative health effects, as Juul products have been around for too short a time to know what other health issues will arise as a result of its use. Even so, there is plenty of evidence for a consumer product attorney to make a solid case.

man in hoodie smoking juul

Juul Has Continuously Lied About Its Products

Juul has claimed its products were safer than smoking. It assured students, right to their faces, that its product caused no harm. It adamantly denied targeting its marketing to teens and completely ignored federal regulations that demanded it get federal approval to sell its products as a healthier alternative to smoking.

Juul’s only interest since the beginning was to move money from your pocket into theirs. They were worth more than $38 billion in May of 2019, which proves where Juul’s interests really lie.




A Priest Abuse Lawyer Can Help Find Closure

Victims of abuse by Catholic priests suffer a unique type of PTSD. The trauma is in the past, but the stress and psychological pain are always there.  It’s a unique type of PTSD because the victims didn’t see the abuse coming. To understand what children sexually abused by priests go through, talk to an adult survivor.Continue Reading

The Problem with Religious Orders

Of all the Christian faith traditions, only the Catholic Church has religious orders.  Most do not make any distinction between ordained clergy. Orthodox Christian clergy are divided into monastic and diocesan but that’s about it.   In the Catholic Church, a religious order is characterized by the particular vows each member professes, the order’s independence fromContinue Reading

NY Times Slams FDA Over Faulty Medical Devices

The NY Times editorial pulls no punches.  It’s right in the headline.  “80,000 Deaths. 2 Million Injuries. It’s Time for a Reckoning on Medical Devices.”  The editorial doesn’t let up either.  In the first paragraph it clearly states that the governmental agency in charge of supervising and regulating medical devices in the United States cameContinue Reading

Diocese of Sacramento Releases List of Priests Who Abused Children

The Diocese of Sacramento has become the most recent Catholic diocese to release a list of priests’ names who’ve been accused of the sexual abuse of minors.  The list contained the names of 44 priests and deacons who served in the Diocese since the 1950’s.  Bishop Jaime Soto had vowed to release the list lateContinue Reading

Diocese of Allentown Opens Compensation Plan for Survivors of Abuse

The Diocese of Allentown has launched its compensation plan for survivors of priest sexual abuse.  Survivors have until Sept. 30 to file claims, and they are confident that most could be settled by the end of the year. It opens as state lawmakers renew a long-running debate over whether now-adult victims who long ago passedContinue Reading

Lawsuits Mount Against Mattel for the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers

Pediatricians have long recommended that infants sleep on flat surfaces without restraints. But Fisher-Price’s inclined Rock n’ Play sleepers required babies to being buckled into the sleeper, and was marketed with phrases such as “baby can sleep at a comfy incline all night long.” That same sleeper has now been linked to at least 32Continue Reading

FDA Stops Sales of Pelvic Mesh in US

Citing safety concerns for women, the FDA took the most severe measure available to the federal agency that it would halt sales of the controversial pelvic mesh. Transvaginal mesh products have been used worldwide for about 15 years, mostly to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence problems in women. Since that time,Continue Reading

Fisher-Price Recalls Rock n’ Play Sleepers

After being linked to 32 sleep-related infant deaths Fisher-Price has issued an immediate recall of all of its Rock n’ Play sleepers. The recall came after a Consumer Reports magazine study linked the dangerous sleeper to infant deaths. Following that report a statement was also issued by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urging parentsContinue Reading

Another Recall of Irbesartan

There has been another new development in the growing number of blood pressure and heart medication recalls as Camber Pharmaceuticals announced a recall of 87 lots of Losartan Potassium for having too much NMBA. Torrent recalled 60 lots of Losartan potassium tablets and 54 lots of Losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets because of NMBA’s presence. The activeContinue Reading

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