JUUL Vaping

Are you (or is someone you love) addicted to Juul or suffering from the symptoms of vaping lung? Scovern Law, with offices in San Francisco and Washington D.C., is filing cases on behalf of individuals harmed by vaping Juul and other e-cigarettes.

Help us make a difference in this San Francisco and entire Bay Area vaping epidemic, join our Juul lawsuit today! Simply fill out our Instant Case Evaluation on this page and we can tell you instantly if you qualify.

San Francisco JUUL Teen Addiction Lawsuit

JUUL the nation’s leading e-cigarette maker, controls over 70 percent of the market share of vaping devices. Juul has engaged in a targeted marketing campaign directed at San Francisco’s youth which has resulted in an epidemic not only in San Francisco and the entire Bay Area, but all of California and throughout the United States.

“Juuling” has become a part of the daily school life of Bay Area teens in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma Counties. Many school districts in the Bay Area have been forced to spend millions on vaping sensors in an effort to prevent students from vaping.1

Juul targeted San Francisco and Bay Area teens via social media through the use of young models, bright colors, and tempting flavors like Mango, Mint, and Creme. JUUL is at the center of several consumer lawsuits 2, one alleging that an Indiana teen who was enticed by the rainbow colors and fruity flavors of Juul’s e-cigarettes later developed an intense and permanent nicotine addiction.

On September 9, 2019, the FDA sent a warning letter3 to JUUL CEO Kevin Burns accusing the company of “marketing unauthorized modified risk tobacco products by engaging in labeling, advertising, and/or other activities directed to consumers,” including a presentation given to youth at a school. According to the letter, a JUUL representative make the following statements to students:

  • JUUL “was much safer than cigarettes” and that “FDA would approve it any day.”
  • JUUL was “totally safe.”
  • A student “…should mention JUUL to his [nicotine-addicted] friend…because that’s a safer alternative than smoking cigarettes, and it would be better for the kid to use.”
  • “FDA was about to come out and say it [JUUL] was 99% safer than cigarettes…and that…would happen very soon….”

JUUL recently confirmed plans to cut staff and reduce hiring in California. And due to an increasingly unfavorable U.S. regulatory environment towards vaping, Philip Morris International recently called off merger talks with Altria, the top investor in JUUL, that would have created a $200 billion global power.

In response to the epidemic of youth now addicted to Juul, CEO Kevin Burns responded, “I’m Sorry”. Kevin Burns resigned in September 2019 and is being replaced by a Big Tobacco executive – K.C. Crosthwaite.4

The Fight Over Proposition C – San Francisco Bans Sale of Juul and Other E-Cigarettes

In June 2019, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to put in place anti-vaping laws5 in response to what experts have described as a nicotine epidemic among teenagers.

In response, Juul labs spent more than $10 million on a campaign to regain its ability to sell vaping products in San Francisco by lobbying voters to overturn these laws with Proposition C added to the November 2019 election. However, on September 30th, Juul announced it would no longer support the ballot measure, despite the fact that there is another $7 million of unspent funds remaining in the political account.6

The California Department of Health is urging all California residents to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or the source, until current investigations, being done by vaping lawyers and state officials, are
complete.7

California Takes Action to Confront Youth Vaping Epidemic

Bay Area cities are cracking down on vaping. Amid increasing dire public health warnings about the dangers of vaping, there has been a mad scramble at the municipal level to regulate – and in some cases ban – e-cigarette sales.8

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to confront the growing youth epidemic and health risks linked to vaping in September 2019. The state is launching a $20 million statewide digital and social media public awareness campaign to educate CA youth.9

San Francisco Vaping Lung Lawsuit

The vaping illness outbreak 10 has now spread to all states and one United States territory, and public health officials continue to report vaping related deaths. Although it is currently unclear what is causing the outbreak of vaping lung in San Francisco, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), along with other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), local health departments, healthcare providers and vaping lung lawyers are working hard to investigate what is in the vape materials that is making people sick. The FDA has now warned the public to shop using THC containing vaping products and any vaping products obtained off the streets. As of September 2019, there are over 500 reports of lung damage associated with vaping and more reports come to vaping lung lawyers every day.

What is Vaping Lung?

Scovern Law and other e-cigarette lawyers and government agencies are investigating the cause of vaping lung, but today consumers need to be aware of symptoms reported by patients in the vaping lung injury so that they can seek medical assistance immediately. If you, or your loved one, experiences any
of the following symptoms, you should refrain from using any e-cigarette, or vaping products and seek medical assistance.

Some San Francisco vaping lung victims have reported their symptoms developed over several weeks while others found symptoms took only days.

San Francisco, California vaping lung patients have reported the following symptoms:

  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Fatigue, fever or abdominal pain

People with vaping-related lung disease are usually admitted to the hospital because of their breathing problems. According to the CDPH11

  • Teenagers and young adults make up almost half of the people hospitalized with breathing problems from vaping in California.
  • 30% of people hospitalized in California had to be treated with a mechanical ventilator, or “life support,” in the intensive care unit (ICU)

How Addictive is Juuling/Vaping?

Medical experts worry that nicotine salts, such as those used by JUUL to make its e-cigarettes, are sentencing young people to a “life of nicotine.”12 They warn that these substances could cross the blood-brain barrier and lead to learning, memory, and attention problems, and prime young people to become
addicted to other substances. The newest generation of e-cigarettes reportedly also have a higher level of nicotine than previous versions, making vaping even more addictive.

If you are a San Francisco teen addicted to Juul or vaping, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can direct you to a facility to assist you with quitting. Places like the California Addiction Recovery Center and Directions for Youth and Families may be able to assist you.
https://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov/locator

In addition, the Truth Initiative is a great resource in looking for ways to quit Juul.13 There is a free, first-of-its-kind, text message program that has been set up to give teens the support they need to quit juuling. You can access the program by texting “DITCHJUUL” to 88709.

What are the Withdrawal Symptoms of Juuling/Vaping?

Quitting Juuling and vaping is hard, and it often takes more than one try. The key is to understand the normal symptoms of quitting nicotine versus serious complications. Below are symptoms of vaping, if they continue for long, you should seek medical assistance.

Symptoms of Vaping and Juul withdrawal include the following14

  • Intense cravings for nicotine
  • Migraines
  • Tingling in the hands and feet
  • Nausea and abdominal cramping
  • Tremors

Contact an Experienced San Francisco JUUL Lawyer Today

Scovern Law is a premier law firm that works exclusively representing plaintiffs take on the largest and most profitable companies in the U.S. Scovern Law is working with a team of lawyers who have the resources to take on Big Tobacco and Juul Labs.

But, more importantly, we at Scovern Law are parents and friends of people addicted to Juul and experiencing the complications of vaping. We are committed to making a difference in this vaping epidemic.

If you or your family are battling a nicotine addiction or a lung disease that is related to JUUL or another e-cigarette product, fill out our Juul Instant Case Evaluation on this page and we will get to work helping you file a San Francisco Juul Lawsuit.

Citations Links

[1] https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/09/26/peninsula-school-district-to-students-no-vaping-in-the-bathroom/
[2] Shari Rudavsky, Lawsuit says JUUL lured in Carmel teen with candy flavors, bright colors and nicotine, 2019 https://www.indystar.com/story/news/health/2019/08/27/juul-teen-vaping-lawsuit-nicotine-addiction-youth-social-media-candy-flavor-irritable-headaches/2129949001
[3] FDA Warning Letter, JUUL Labs, Inc., 2019 https://www.fda.gov/inspections-compliance-enforcement-and-criminal-investigations/warning-letters/juul-labs-inc-590950-0909201?
[4] https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2019/09/25/juul-ceo-resigns-altria-philip-morris-end-merger-talks-firstmove.cnn
[5]
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/25/us/juul-ban.html
[6]
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/juul-withdraws-from-proposition-c-ballot-campaign-in-san-francisco-california-flavor-e-cigarette/
[7]
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/Pages/Vaping-Health-Advisory.aspx
[8]
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/09/30/how-bay-area-cities-are-cracking-down-on-vaping/
[9]
https://www.gov.ca.gov/2019/09/16/governor-gavin-newsom-signs-executive-order-to-confront-youth-vaping-epidemic/
[10] Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping, 2019
https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html
[11]
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/
[12] Allison Aubrey, If E-Cigs Were Romaine Lettuce, They’d Be Off The Shelf, Vaper’s Mom Tells Congress, 2019
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/09/24/763968586/if-e-cigs-were-romaine-lettuce-theyd-be-off-the-shelf-vapers-mom-tells-congress
[13]
https://truthinitiative.org/research-resources/quitting-smoking-vaping/how-quit-juul
[14]
https://www.healthline.com/health/smoking/nicotine-withdrawal