Juul Is Officially Not Cool

All PR is good PR, unless you’re Juul right now. With appearances across international news broadcasts, popular YouTubers’ channels and even on TikTok (the newest social media platform loved by teens), the perils of Juul have become widespread knowledge, exposing the company’s unethical development practices and marketing tactics. 

A recent Reuters investigation concluded that the company has been entrenched in controversial developments from its early stages. A former employee has disclosed that discussions around the product’s potency and addictiveness were debated initially, however any employee concerns about product safety took a backseat to the company’s exponential growth. What’s become clear is the true effects of Juul are surfacing through numerous studies investigating the potency and addictiveness of the product, particularly amongst teenage users. 

Juul Delivers More Nicotine than Most Cigarettes

In a new study out of Penn State University College of Medicine, researchers analyzed blood samples from six Juul users who were asked to puff on their device every 20 seconds for 10 minutes (a total of 30 puffs). “The Juul users we studied obtained blood nicotine concentrations almost three times as high as most of the e-cigarette users we previously studied,” said Jessica Yingst, a research project manager. 

When the research participants were also asked to rate their withdrawal symptoms and other effects like ni

cotine craving and anxiety before and after vaping, they reported higher levels of nicotine dependence than more than 3,000 long-term users of other e-cigarettes. “In previous studies, we found that e-cigarette users were less addicted than smokers. However, the high nicotine delivery of the product and the scores on this study suggest that Juul is probably as addictive as 

cigarettes,” said study co-author Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health sciences.

Following this, according to interviews with over a dozen tobacco researchers, pediatricians and Reuters review of Juul patents and nicotine chemistry, “the breakthrough “nicotine salts” formula that made the Juul e-cigarette so addictive – and ignited the company’s explosive market-share growth – made Juul especially attractive to teenagers and other new users who otherwise would never have smoked cigarettes. 

Teens Seduced by Smooth Flavors and ‘Smoke Rings’

CDC research reveals two thirds of teens weren’t even aware Juul contained nicotine 

With the latest figures showing that two thirds of Juul users aged 15-24 didn’t always know that Juul contained nicotine, it’s no wonder why there’s concern around youth addiction and vaping-related illnesses, especially as young users continue to post photos or videos of themselves performing smoke stunts or smoking multiple Juul’s on social media, often tagged under the hashtags such as #juullife or #doit4juul. 

In the latest available data from the CDC in September 2019, it shows that more than one in four high schoolers – 27.5% – reported using e-cigarettes in the previous month, a figure that’s consistently kept climbing month after month, despite the growing public concern about the product. 

In an effort to try and curb youth addiction and usage, Juul recently stopped selling its best-selling Mint flavored pods at the beginning of November. The company’s surprise announcement came just weeks after it pulled the popular Mango, Creme, Fruit and Cucumber flavors from the shelves in October. 

Juul now only sells its Menthol, Classic Tobacco and Virginia Tobacco varieties, but there’s still cause for concern that teens will shift from Mint to Menthol. Studies published in the medical journal JAMA found that nearly 60% of high school students who vape use Juul, and mint was the most popular flavor among US 10th and 12th graders.

The Repercussions of a Youth Epidemic 

Vaping death toll hits 42, with 2,100+ cases reported nationwide 

Sadly, with the latest figures from the CDC revealing that 42 deaths and 2,172 vaping-related injury cases have been reported in addition to figures of American youths  addicted to nicotine reportedly reaching more than 5 million, it is clear this is an epidemic that is not going away any time soon.

If you or a loved one has been affected by Juul addiction or injury, we’re here for you. 

We are currently investigating cases where an individual has used JUUL for at least three months and developed:

Lung Injuries 

Heart Injuries 

Addiction

Alternative Injuries

Or has had a stroke or seizure

Do I Have a Case?  

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a severe lung disease such as Bronchioloitis Obliterans or pneumonia, suffered a heart attack, seizure, or stroke, or developed a nicotine addiction after the use of a JUUL e-cigarette product, please reach out to the Minnesota e-cigarette lawyers at GoldenbergLaw.  We will guide you through the legal process and fight to get you fair compensation. GoldenbergLaw delivers the gold standard advocacy you deserve.

 

Litigation Update: Time to Round Up Roundup?

The link between the popular weed killer Roundup and cancer became public in 2015 when the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)—the agency devoted to cancer research within the World Health Organization—released a report exposing the connection between Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate and cancer.

Since the IARC released this report, thousands of Roundup users have tied their diagnoses of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to Roundup exposure and taken legal action.

What Is Happening With The Roundup Litigation?

As of November 2019, analysts project that there are more than 45,000 Roundup plaintiffs in the United States. That number stands in sharp contrast to Bayer AG’S July 2019 estimate of 18,400.

Bayer AG has lost all three Roundup lawsuits it has taken to trial, with each jury finding that the plaintiffs’ exposure to glyphosate caused their diagnoses of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Several additional trials that were scheduled for fall 2019 have been postponed to early 2020.

What Have The Roundup Trials Revealed?

In addition to juries finding that glyphosate can cause cancer, the Roundup trials have revealed questionable business practices by Monsanto—the original manufacturer of Roundup. Monsanto glyphosate-structure-chalkboardwas purchased by Bayer AG in 2018.

Documents produced at the trials have exposed that Monsanto engaged in “ghostwriting” research about glyphosate.  In other words, the company paid prominent scientists, researchers, and journalists to put their names on favorable research about glyphosate that was actually produced by Monsanto employees. Additionally, Monsanto allegedly lobbied for help from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hide a negative study of glyphosate that was released by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Bayer AG’s Legal Response

Bayer AG inherited massive litigation expenses with their acquisition of Monsanto for $63 billion in 2018. Since then, the Roundup crisis has already cost Bayer AG more than $30 billion in market value. Analysts have estimated that settling all of the U.S. Roundup lawsuits could cost anywhere between $2.5 billion to $20 billion. The company announced in July 2019 that it had begun mediation talks with Ken Feinburg to attempt to reach a settlement.

What Is Bayer Saying About Roundup Now?

Bayer AG continues to assert that Roundup is safe and that glyphosate is not carcinogenic. Therefore, the company has never considered pulling Roundup off the market despite the mounting allegations, research, and trial verdicts questioning its safety for consumers.

Bayer AG has been steadfast in refusing to add a warning label to Roundup products, issue a recall, or any outright discontinuance of the products containing glyphosate. However, that strategy comes with legal consequences. As long as the product continues to be sold without a warning label, the company is exposed to lawsuits linking ongoing Roundup use to future cancer diagnoses.

Despite refusing to remove Roundup from the market or add a warning label, Bayer AG announced in June 2019 that it was researching a glyphosate alternative at a cost of $5.6 billion.

What Are The Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?  

Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – the illness allegedly caused by use of Roundup exposure – include:

  • Painless, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin;
  • Abdominal pain or swelling;
  • Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing;
  • Persistent fatigue;
  • Fever;
  • Night sweats;
  • Unexplained weight loss 

What Should I Do Now?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after Roundup use and/or exposure, please reach out to GoldenbergLaw’s Minnesota Roundup Cancer Attorneys. We will guide you through the legal process and fight to get you the compensation needed to help get your life back on track. Let us deliver the Gold standard advocacy you deserve.

Dangers of Adolescent E-Cigarette Use on Brain Development

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used form of tobacco among adolescents in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that e-cigarettes have become so popular among young people due to their “easy availability, alluring advertisement, e-liquid flavors, and the belief that they are safer than cigarettes.” Along with exposing users to serious injuries such as heart attacks, strokes, and seizures, frequent use of highly addictive e-cigarettes like JUUL can permanently alter the developing brain.

Do I Have A Case?

How Common is Adolescent E-Cigarette Use?

According to the National Safety Council’s report based on the University of Michigan’s annual survey results in January 2019, the percentage of teenagers who reported vaping within the last twelve months has increased to record levels.

addiction-brain-smoke-cloudThe most drastic increase within the last year occurred with high school seniors, 37% of whom indicated that they had vaped in 2018. That represented a 9% increase since 2017. Equally startling statistics were reported regarding sophomores in high school; 32.3% reported vaping in 2018 compared to 23.9% in 2017. Additionally, the percentage of ninth graders who said they have vaped at least once in their lifetime rose from 35.8% in 2017 to 42.5% in 2018.

In a December 2018 press conference, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams declared e-cigarette use among adolescents an “epidemic.”

What is the Impact of E-Cigarette Use on the Brain?

Until the age of 25, the human brain has not fully developed. As a result, during the adolescent years the part of the brain that is responsible for decision making and impulse control—the pre-frontal cortex—has not reached maturity. Therefore, injuries that occur within the brain during this time period result in higher risk of permanent damage.

Nicotine addiction is a common and frightening result of e-cigarette use. When the nicotine found in the e-cigarettes’ “e-liquids” is absorbed by the lungs and into the bloodstream, it stimulates the adrenal glands to release the adrenaline hormone. That release of adrenaline triggers the central nervous system to increase blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate.

Nicotine also activates the brain’s reward circuits by increasing the production of dopamine. The chemical dopamine reinforces nicotine consumption due to the rush of pleasure that accompanies the dopamine release. In order to continue the dopamine production and consequent chemical pleasure, nicotine consumption increases and may lead to nicotine addiction.

The developing brain creates more synapses—the pathways formed when new memories are made or skills are practiced—than the developed brain. As a result, when more synapses are created pertaining to the use of e-cigarettes and the corresponding exposure to nicotine, the likelihood of nicotine addiction increases.

In addition to the elevated risk of addiction from exposing the developing brain to nicotine, there is an increased risk of mood disorders, lessened attention span and learning capacity, and permanently decreased impulse control.

What Should I Do if My Loved One has been Harmed by E-Cigarettes? 

If you or a loved one has developed a nicotine addiction or suffered a heart attack, stroke, or lung injury after the use of a JUUL vaping device, contact the Minneapolis E-cigarette attorneys at GoldenbergLaw. With over 30 years of experience holding corporate wrongdoers accountable, we deliver the Gold standard advocacy you deserve.