Juul is the most popular type of e-cigarette in the world. Though Juul products hit the market in 2015, the company quickly captured 70 percent of the $1.96 billion industry. Recently, the company has received criticism for its aggressive advertising practices. Many critics point out that the company’s ads use similar tactics as misleading and objectively false ads from cigarette companies in the 20th century.
The company asserts that its e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes and that those looking to quit should turn to their products. Notably, Juul products haven’t been approved by the FDA as a safe method for smokers to kick their habit. The company has received criticism for the high level of nicotine in its products and a design which deliberately creates and sustains nicotine addiction. Altria, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, has a 35 percent stake in Juul.
Juul Health Risks
Now, users who were once promised a safe alternative to their smoking habit are worried about the side effects of vaping. As of October of 2019, hundreds of people have been hospitalized because of severe lung illnesses and other long-term effects of vaping. Additionally, at least 34 people have died because of illness associated with vaping. As the sun sets on the lofty promises offered by e-cigarettes to those looking to stop smoking, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we’re only beginning to understand Juul health risks.
Does Vaping Cause Cancer?
Studies regarding cancer’s relation to Juul products and other types of e-cigarettes are still in progress. However, one study has found that Juul products do release formaldehyde, a chemical identified as a carcinogen.
One recent study out of NYU has linked e-cigarettes to cancer in lab mice. Of these mice, 22.5 percent developed lung cancer and 57.5 percent developed precancerous lesions on their bladders.
Moon-Shong Tang, the study’s lead researcher, stressed that the results were not promising for longtime vapers.
“It’s foreseeable that if you smoke e-cigarettes, all kinds of disease comes out” said Tang. “Long term, some cancer will come out, probably. E-cigarettes are bad news.”
Notably, none of the mice exposed to nicotine-free e-cigarette vapor developed cancer during the study. According to Tang, this is incredibly significant. Juul cigarettes contain five percent nicotine by volume, an amount that is twice the concentration of other e-cigarettes products.
If you’re suffering because of Juul products, call our Juul injury attorneys today for help at (888) 498-3023. Our team is ready to provide a free consultation and help you take the next steps toward finding answers.