Juul Pod Flavors Discontinued Amid Vaping-Related Illness Outbreak
In an effort to appease consumers and the FDA, Juul Labs, the maker of Juul vaping products, announced on October 17 that it will no longer sell any of its most popular non-tobacco, non-menthol Juul pod flavors.
The announcement comes at the heels of an ongoing FDA review of Juul’s PMTA (Premarket Tobacco Application). Juul found itself in hot water last September after the FDA sent a notice directing the company to take immediate action to dissuade underage teens from consuming tobacco products.
This included provisions such as curbing marketing campaigns and “removing flavored products from the market” until the FDA could determine the impact of the Juul pod flavors on public health.
Newly-appointed CEO K.C. Crosthwaite said in the announcement that Juul Labs has faith in the FDA’s review process and wants to establish a sense of trust in the often-demonized e-cigarette industry by “working cooperatively with regulators, policymakers, and stakeholders to combat underage use while providing an alternative to adult smokers.”
At Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, we value accountability. Flavored e-cigarettes like the now-discontinued Juul pod flavors have no place in the hands of our young people, especially those who are underage. Misleading marketing practices used by Juul Labs and other companies have allegedly contributed to spikes in nicotine addiction and vaping-related illness among underage users and adults. If you used a Juul vaporizer prior to turning 18-years-old and before November 2018 or developed a vaping-related illness, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us for a free consultation to learn more.
Sales of Juul Pod Flavors Suspended
Juul pod flavors of the Mango, Creme, Fruit, and Cucumber variety have all been suspended from sale in the U.S. until the FDA concludes an assessment as to whether the flavored pods pose a public health risk. Juul.com will continue to sell Menthol, Mint, Classic Tobacco, and Virginia Tobacco Juul pod flavors via its subscription service.
Neither the FDA nor Juul Labs released any additional statements regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) findings on the recent outbreak of vaping-related illness across the country. In Louisiana alone, more than 20 cases of severe lung disease have been reported by local hospitals, affecting those from the age of 17 to 45.
The Louisiana Department of Health has issued a statewide alert regarding the health risks posed by e-cigarette usage, warning that youth, young adults, and pregnant women should not use vaping products and noted that the FDA “has not approved e-cigarettes as a quit aid” for those who are trying to stop smoking. They also stated that vaping pens may contain potentially harmful substances like nicotine, heavy metals, and cancer-causing chemicals.
Vaping-Related Illness Expected to Rise
Nearly 1,500 cases of vaping-related illness and 33 deaths have been confirmed by the CDC. Of those sickened, 79% were under the age of 35. With young adults making up the bulk of e-cigarette and Juul users, vaping-related illness is expected to continue to rise throughout the nation.
The results of the CDC’s report is a contentious topic for the vaping community, which is dominated by young adults. The public health organization Truth Initiative conducted a study released last year which found that 56% of young adults who had ever used Juul or another e-cigarette did so before they turned 18, the legally required age to purchase any tobacco product in the United States.
Even more appallingly, 63% of users between age 15 and 24 who began vaping Juul pod flavors did not know that they contained nicotine.
The CDC report said that e-cigarettes containing THC and illicit vaping products had been responsible for a majority of reported vaping-related illness, but that until thorough testing by the FDA can be completed, no e-cigarette or vaping products should be used by anyone: “The use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, products is unsafe for all ages, including youth and young adults,” they wrote.
Who to Contact about Juul Injury/Addiction
Teenagers and young adults are extremely susceptible to nicotine addiction caused by e-cigarettes and Juul vaping products. Juul Labs’ misleading marketing aimed at minors is unacceptable. If you or someone you know meets the following criteria, you may be entitled to compensation:
- Used a Juul vaporizer prior to turning 18 and before November 2018
- Developed COPD or advanced asthma
- Had a heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Received a diagnosis of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, pneumonia, or an eosinophilic pneumonia that required medical treatment, including hospitalization (especially those high school or college age)
Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys will provide you with an experienced Juul lawyer to discuss your options. We also provide free case reviews in person. You can reach us by phone at 504-345-1111 or online via LiveChat. You can also submit a free form online. There are no fees unless we win, so contact us today.
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