Jul 23, 2018 - Health

Users sue Juul, claim it's increasing nicotine addiction

Boxes of Juuls and vaping pods.

Photo: A Juul vaping system with accessory pods in varying flavors. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

E-cigarette company Juul is facing mounting backlash from users who claim the nicotine salts in Juul products have made them more addictive, Wired reports.

Why it matters: As a result, the company is facing several lawsuits, two filed in April and one in June, which assert that Juul was being deceptive in marketing itself as a better alternative to cigarettes.

What they're saying:

  • All three filings — in a U.S. District Court in Northern California, the San Francisco Superior Court, and a U.S. District Court in New York — claim Juul's products made customers more addicted to nicotine.
  • One user claimed Juul did not help them quit smoking but, “the intense dosage of nicotine salts delivered by the Juul products resulted in an increased nicotine addiction, and an increased consumption of nicotine by Colgate.”
  • Another user, who is 15 years old, said he has become “heavily addicted to nicotine,” making him “anxious, highly irritable and prone to angry outbursts,” and perform poorly in school.

The other side: Victoria Davis, a spokesperson for Juul, tells Axios that "JUUL Labs does not believe the cases have merit and will be defending them vigorously." 

Timing: Juul had until June 19 to turn in any paperwork to the Food and Drug Administration relating to Juul’s marketing campaigns, product design, and consumer complaints on the product as it relates to youth use.

  • These documents will be key in examining whether Juul is deceiving the public by marketing itself as a “cigarette alternative” for adult smokers, as well as whether its contributing to a tobacco problem for younger generations, per a previous Axios report.

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