What Are the Side Effects of JUUL?


It’s no secret: smoking is dangerous and deadly. Smoking cigarettes is now widely known by medical professionals and even smokers themselves as dangerous and addictive. Many countries have laws that warn of the dangers of smoking, including strict requirements on how cigarette and tobacco products are packaged and advertised.

Regulators didn’t create restrictions on cigarette marketing for no reason. As health concerns over cigarettes increased in the 20th century, tobacco companies aggressively fought negative perceptions through advertising that was often misleading and objectively untrue. Tobacco companies produced ads with physicians, dentists, and celebrities, and even made election guides—each one focused on shining a positive but misleading light on the safety of cigarettes.

JUUL & Vaping: A New Chapter in the Saga of Tobacco

When vaping products broke onto the scene, smokers who had struggled to drop the habit for years had hope of finally doing so. At the very least, they were excited to have a smoke-free alternative to consuming nicotine. The term “vaping” (for the vapor produced by e-cig products) quickly entered the lexicon because of how common it was to see people using e-cigarettes. Now, health professionals and organizations are questioning the safety of vaping.

JUUL Labs, Inc. captured 42% of the American e-cigarette market in 2020. The company has been the center of a controversy involving concerns over vaping partly because of its popularity and because of accusations that it marketed its products to teens and young adults. Studies show that teen vaping is surging and has eclipsed teen cigarette usage in recent years. Research has found that 26.7 percent of teens have used a vape device in the last 12 months, while 7.6 percent have used cigarettes over the same period.

JUUL Facts:

  • JUUL was founded in 2015.
  • In just three years, the company captured approximately 75% of the e-cigarette market.
  • Altria, one of the world’s largest tobacco producers, owns a 35 percent stake in JUUL.
  • JUUL CEO Kevin Burns stepped down in September of 2019 amid controversy.
  • On June 23, 2022, the FDA banned JUUL from marketing or selling its products in the U.S.
  • On July 5, 2022, the FDA lifted the ban on JUUL in the United States.
  • JUUL products are still under investigation by the FDA.

Now, concerns are rising about the side effects that JUULing has on both younger and older users. Vapers, their families, and health professionals are now asking one question: is using a Juul safe?

What Are the Side Effects of Using a JUUL or Vaping?

Whether JUUL itself is bad for you might not matter; the device’s high nicotine concentrations have well-documented health risks. Kicking a nicotine habit is as difficult as quitting heroin. JUULs have two components: a battery-powered e-cigarette and a “pod” that contains e-liquid. These pods are disposable, and their e-liquid contains nicotine, glycerol, and propylene. Healthcare professionals are concerned with JUUL’s nicotine levels.

JUUL pods contain 5% nicotine by volume, which is about twice the amount of nicotine as similar devices and brands on the market. This is equivalent to approximately 40 mg of nicotine, which is about how much nicotine is in a pack of regular cigarettes.

Side effects of nicotine addiction include:

  • Toxicity for fetuses
  • Impaired lung and brain development during adolescence
  • Seizures
  • Blood clots
  • Atherosclerosis (plaque formation on artery wall)
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Indigestion
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Changes in heart rate
  • Stroke
  • Coronary artery disease

JUUL and other e-cigarettes that contain nicotine will pose these health risks to any user.

One of the particular risks associated with vaping, particularly JUUL or other e-cigarette products that offer flavor variations or have been marketed to younger people, is the effects of nicotine on the developing brain. The human brain keeps developing until about age 25; nicotine can affect attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.

Using nicotine as a teenager or young adult can also increase one’s risk of future addiction—not only to nicotine but to other drugs as well.

Side Effects of E-Cigarette Aerosol

Aside from nicotine, e-cigarettes may contain chemicals or particles that could cause lung disease or even cancer. According to the CDC, e-cigarette aerosol (the vapor a person breathes in while using such a device) is not harmless “water vapor” as some may believe. In addition to nicotine, it may contain ultrafine particles, flavorings, organic compounds, cancer-causing chemicals, and even heavy metals.

Diacetyl, a flavoring found in some e-cigarettes, has been linked to lung disease.

JUUL Dangers: Does it Cause Popcorn Lung?

Popcorn lung is a nickname for bronchiolitis obliterans, a condition that damages the lung’s smallest airways. Those who are suffering from popcorn lung may cough and have trouble breathing. Bronchiolitis obliterans obtained its nickname because it is caused by diacetyl, a chemical used to flavor microwave popcorn. Today, popcorn lung is associated with vaping because some vaping products use diacetyl as an ingredient for flavoring. JUUL does not use diacetyl in its products.

Why Could JUUL Be Bad for You?

Just because JUUL doesn’t have diacetyl in it doesn’t mean it is safe to inhale. In addition to the side effects associated with nicotine, the ingredients of JUUL might provide other risks for users. According to the American Cancer Society, some ingredients of e-cigarettes can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation as well as headaches, nausea, and damage to the liver, kidney, and nervous system.

Additionally, researchers are also examining the cardiovascular effects of e-cigarettes. Recent studies have linked vaping to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and coronary heart disease. 9 deaths in the United States have been tied to vaping, and the Centers for Disease Control said that there have been 530 cases of lung injury associated with vaping products as of September 17, 2019.

Does JUUL Cause Lung Cancer?

Studies regarding JUUL and cancer are still in progress. However, JUUL products do release some formaldehyde, a chemical that the American Cancer Society warns causes cancer. Prolonged exposure to formaldehyde is linked to cancer development as well as other health issues.

If you believe that you are suffering because of the side effects of JUUL, call HHR for help today. Our JUUL lawsuit lawyers are ready to fight for the recovery you deserve. Call for a free consultation at (888) 498-3023.

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