The vaping manufacturing company, Juul, has been sued for allegedly allowing as many as one million tainted vaping pods to be sold on the market. The suit was filed by Juul’s former vice president, Siddharth Breja, who claims he was fired for raising concerns about the contaminated pods, as well as additional concerns that the company was knowingly selling expired products. The suit adds to growing public concern about the safety of vaping amidst a growing number of injuries and illnesses linked to vaping products.
Vaping refers to a set of products intended as a substitute for conventional tobacco smoking, which instead convey nicotine (or other drugs like THC) through a vaporized liquid containing the substance. Initially marketed as a safe alternative to cigarettes (or, at least, “safe” relative to smoking tobacco), vaping has increasingly been linked to respiratory ailments that have plagued users of “e-cigarettes” and other similar products. While these illnesses were originally blamed on bootleg vape cartridges sold on the black market, even legitimate vape companies like Juul now appear to be tied into the health crisis.
Juul is currently the single largest producer of e-cigarettes in the United States, controlling approximately 75% of the domestic e-cigarette market as of August 2019. While there has been no conclusive evidence linking Juul’s alleged misconduct to the rash of illnesses, Juul’s alleged willingness to sell contaminated products is alarming, considering that there are now more than 1,600 illnesses and 34 deaths linked to vaping. It remains unclear how much Juul knew, or knows, about these illnesses, but it could be in serious legal and financial trouble if it is found to have deliberately sold toxic products to unsuspecting consumers.
If you or someone you love has been sickened or injured as a result of vaping, you may have legal remedies available to you. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in collecting the damages they need to cope with injuries and illnesses from defective products. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York personal injury lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.