Juul Accused of Selling 1 Million Tainted Pods

The vaping giant is under fire once again for allegedly selling 1 million tainted pods to consumers.

A former Juul executive has filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs, saying they allegedly fired him for raising concerns over tainted vaping pods. 

BuzzFeed News first reported that Siddharth Breja, a former senior vice president of global finance, filed a lawsuit that alleges Juul knowingly sold contaminated pods. Breja said he first raised concerns about the mint-flavored refill kits in March 2019, and was fired that same month. 

According to the  lawsuit,“at least 1 million tainted pods were put on the market last year [2018].” 

When Breja raised concern over selling outdated and tainted pods, the lawsuit claims then-CEO Kevin Burns responded, “Half our customers are drunk and vaping like mo-fo's, who the f*ck is going to notice the quality of our pods?”

In August 2019, Burns told CBS that Juul products are tested and safe, stating, “We think we have a product that is legal today, is tested for toxicity, and does not present a risk based on the guidelines of the category today to the American public”

Burns has since resigned from Juul Labs. 

Breja’s lawsuit was reportedly filed the same day Juul announced it would be laying off around 500 employees. The company’s value has dropped by more than a third after reports of 34 deaths and more than 1,600 vaping-related illnesses came out. While the reports haven’t been directly linked to Juul, and most of the deaths and illnesses involved pods containing THC, doctors, government officials, and public health advocates have criticized Juul’s marketing techniques and safety practices.