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Woman sues Juul over company’s alleged efforts to addict teenagers to nicotine

The Montgomery (AL) Advertiser (8/7, Brown, 62K) reports, “An Elmore County woman has filed a civil lawsuit against” Juul “over claims the company ‘orchestrated efforts to addict a new generation of teenagers to nicotine.’” The woman “alleges she developed ‘severe’ nicotine addiction and subsequent mood disorders after trying a Juul device when she was 17,” and “alleges the company did not disclose the addiction risks of its products.” HHS Secretary Alex Azar is quoted as saying in December, “In the data sets we use, we have never seen use of any substance by America’s young people rise as rapidly as e-cigarette use is rising.”

FDA received 127 reports of seizures after vaping since 2010 The CBS Evening News reported “the Food and Drug Administration is stepping up its investigation of a possible link between e-cigarettes and seizures.” The FDA “says it’s received 127 reports of people suffering seizures after vaping” since 2010. Although “the evidence does not yet point to a cause...high levels of nicotine are known to cause seizures in lab animals.”

CNN (8/7, Azad, 83.16M) reports on its website that acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said, “The FDA is continuing its scientific investigation to determine if there’s a direct relationship between the use of e-cigarettes and a risk of seizure or other neurological symptoms.” The agency “said the reported cases occurred between 2010 and 2019, and in addition to seizures, some people reported fainting or tremors.” However, “Sharpless said that ‘we still don’t have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents’ but called on the public to continue submitting reports.”

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