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SLO resident sues Juul over alleged vaping injuries

Posted at 4:35 PM, Nov 08, 2019

A San Luis Obispo resident is suing Juul over injuries allegedly sustained from his use of the product.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Nick Limpangug in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on November 7.

It claims he began using Juul as a young adult and sustained serious injuries and continues to suffer as a result of vaping.

The lawsuit accuses Juul of negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation, deceit, and other allegations.

It claims Juul "markets and advertises its e-cigarettes and pods deliberately to attract minors and young adults, including those who have never been regular tobacco smokers," and that Juul failed to "properly assess and warn about the harm that its products cause to the human lungs and body... and it falsely markets and falsely advertises its e-cigarette system as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes."

The lawsuit says Juul "misled both the FDA and the public at large... by making false representations about the safety of their product."

Limpangug is requesting a jury trial and damages including past and future medical expenses, attorney's fees, and loss of earnings.

Juul is the market leader in e-cigarette products. Facing criticism over a rise in teen vaping, the company announced this week it will halt sales of its best-selling mint flavor. Last month, it suspended sales of its mango, creme, fruit, and cucumber flavors.

The company is facing several other lawsuits, including one filed by the Los Angeles Unified School District blaming the e-cigarette manufacturer for creating an epidemic of youth vaping.

Juul contends its products are intended as an alternative for adult smokers and that it is trying to combat underage use.