Sometimes, a brand name becomes a colloquial term when the brand itself is so well known that consumers apply it to all similar products. For instance, you might refer to all tissues as "Kleenex" or all hot tubs as "Jacuzzis." Both are actually brand names that people use to refer to general products. If you're a California parent, you may notice your kids talking about a new trend at school known as "juuling." Many parents are currently concerned about this topic.
JUUL is a brand name referring to electronic cigarette products designed and manufactured in JUUL labs. School students across the nation have been participating in a rising trend of vaping with these products, hence the development of the colloquial term known as juuling. What many parents don't know, however, is that JUUL e-cigarettes contain nicotine. The question is: Can this cause your child injury, and if so, who would be liable?
Know the dangers of nicotine
On one hand, you might not want to place undue focus on trendy hobbies your child participates in with friends at school. If it seems relatively harmless, you'd rather not make a big deal out of it, thinking it's better to choose your battles carefully during teenage years. On the other hand, the following facts about nicotine may be cause for alarm when it comes to juuling or other smoking habits:
- You may be astounded to learn that a single puff of a cigarette or vape product containing nicotine sends enough of the chemical to the brain to disrupt normal brain activity.
- Such chemical changes are main factors in addictions.
- Juuling is said to give users a "head rush," which is a light-headed feeling that many people find pleasurable.
- Nicotine causes a head rush because it prevents blood and oxygen from getting where they need to go in your body. This causes your body stress, which increases your risk for heart attack and stroke.
- Nicotine also forms metabolites that increase cell division, which places nicotine users at great risk for tumors and cancer.
- Data shows nicotine also causes visual deterioration.
Nicotine is also known to impede fertility, as well as increase the likelihood of miscarriage. Juuling supporters often say such products are better for the environment and are still safer than traditional forms of cigarettes where users inhale smoke. If your teenager is using juuling as a means for creating feelings of being high, it's understandable you'd be concerned about potential adverse health effects.
Any California parent who believes a particular product has caused injury to his or her child can pursue justice in court. Depending on the circumstances, the court often awards compensation for damages that parents then use to cover medical expenses and other costs related to their situations.