Monday, January 13, 2020

Lawsuit Alleges Juul may have Shipped 1 Million Contaminated Pods


Interesting info here and some terms via a quote that is NSFW, just so that you are aware...

The former CEO of Juul is alleged to have stated, "Half our customers are drunk and vaping like mo-fos, who the fuck is going to notice the quality of our pods.”

A lawsuit filed recently provides that quote and other info in an attempt to prove that Juul didn’t have much concern over the quality of their products or the health of their customer base.  The lawsuit was filed by Siddharth Breja, a former senior vice president of global finance for the company.  His employment was from May 2018 to March 2019.  The lawsuit also alleges that when he spoke out about the alleged contaminated pods, he was terminated.

The accusation is that Juul put over 1 million mint flavored pods into the market is early 2019 that were contaminated.  The lawsuit states that around 250k kits containing mint refills were contaminated but shipped to retailers who then sold them to consumers who used the affected pods in their Juul systems.

A company spokesperson stated “The allegations concerning safety issues with Juul products are equally meritless, and we already investigated the underlying manufacturing issue and determined the product met all applicable specifications.” 

This is one more piece of bad PR for the entire e-cigarette market.  The latest statistics that I’ve seen indicate 54 deaths related to vaping and 2506 cases of illness related to vaping.  The situation is serious enough that the CDC has created a name for the illness, now referring to it as EVALI (E-cigarette Vaping Associated Lung Inflammation).  The government is very involved in the situation with the CDC setting up an entire area of their website devoted to it.

With the current situation facing the industry, the last thing Juul needs is publicity dealing with a lack of quality control.  Of course, innocent until proven guilty, but nothing looks good for the e-cigarette market for the foreseeable future… not that we really need any nicotine delivery systems available.

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