Suit Charges E-cigarette Maker Markets Products to Teens

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio woman’s lawsuit against an e-cigarette maker charges that the manufacturer markets its nicotine vapor products to teens like her daughters and fails to warn consumers about the products’ high nicotine levels.

The lawsuit filed this month in Columbus against California-based Juul Labs Inc. says the woman’s 16-year-old twin daughters first tried a Juul device when they were about 14. The complaint alleges the girls became addicted to nicotine within one week and began experiencing severe mood swings, migraines, and behavioral issues.

Juul spokesman Ted Kwong says the lawsuit is without merit. He also said Juul has “never marketed to youth.”

The lawsuit, similar to previous ones filed in other states against Juul, seeks damages of at least $25,000.