The American Medical Association urged a nationwide ban on vaping products in the U.S. on Tuesday of this week. The AMA pointed to an increase in America’s youth using Juul and other brands of e-cigarettes; their call for a ban mentioned regulators should only exclude those products approved by the FDA for aiding in the quitting of tobacco smoking, and should be available by prescription only. Langdon & Emison continues to accept cases from coast to coast on behalf of those individuals who have been injured by Juul products.
California and New York’s Attorney General’s offices filed lawsuits filed against Juul this week, arguing that they intentionally marketed and sold vaping products to youth. As reported in news outlets such as the New York Times, the company specifically targeted young people with misleading advertising according to the lawsuits. Some of the flavors of these products were intentionally aimed at hooking younger users, and the Attorneys General claim that Juul failed to warn customers that the products contain nicotine.
“By glamorizing vaping, while at the same time downplaying the nicotine found in vaping products, Juul is putting countless New Yorkers at risk.”
– Attorney General Letitia James of New York
Injuries in these vaping lawsuit cases have included youth nicotine addiction, seizure, and e-cig popcorn lung. Juul Labs maintains approximately 70% of the e-cigarette market.
A week ago, Apple removed 181 vaping apps from its online store. The ban affected apps that help people find vape stores or flavors; that allow users to control their vape pens; and that gave people access to games, news or social networks that promote vaping.
“The recent lung illness outbreak has alarmed physicians and the broader public health community and shined a light on the fact that we have very little evidence about the short- and long-term health consequences of e-cigarettes and vaping products.”
– Patrice A. Harris, American Medical Association President