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Juul Update: Connecticut Man Sues Claiming Product Caused Stroke

Earlier this summer, we brought you an article about our investigation on Juul addiction among teens. Here’s an update on our investigation.

About The New Suit

The Juul Company is being sued by a Fairfield County, Connecticut man after he suffered a stroke in 2017. The man claims that the company is at fault.

Maxwell Berger says he became addicted to the product while he was a senior in high school. He says what attracted him to the electronic cigarette were the interesting flavor cartridges that can be added to it.

His suit states that after his stroke in 2017, he had to have three brain surgeries, and spend all of his time in the hospital. As a result, he now suffers from left-side paralysis, impaired speech, and 50% vision loss in both of his eyes.

Berger says at the time of his stroke, he was using two Juul pods a day, which researchers say is the equivalent of 4 cigarettes. He also claims that the company’s ads lure kids in without discussing the harmful effects of its product. He also claims Juul is very negligent in their promotion to those under age 26. 

Lawmakers Take Action

Lawmakers are also stepping up their call to action against the e-cigarette maker. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced that he will investigate the Juul company and how they target young people and the impact this has on their behavior and use of this product. We will continue to keep you abreast of developments.

Have you experienced health issues as a result of using Juul? Contact us for more information about this suit and what you can do to be heard! Feel free to shoot us an email to You can also find us on TwitterFacebook, InstagramLinkedIn, or even connect with us directly on our website!

About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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