Sep 19, 2019 - Health

Altria's Juul investment is in trouble

Illustration of a Juul sticking out of a carton of Marlboro cigarettes
Illustration:Aïda Amer/Axios

Altria's $12.8 billion investment for a 35% stake in Juul is at risk of becoming one of the worst corporate investments of all time.

The big picture: Sometimes it's darkest before the light, but right now it looks like Altria got smoked.

The latest: Juul keeps getting hit left and right these past few weeks — particularly after the recent spate of vaping-related lung diseases. Juul is also facing a possible Congressional subpoena after failing to provide documents in July.

  • Last week, President Trump proposed banning all flavored vaping pods from the U.S. market, including mint and menthol.
  • Earlier this week, Juul products disappeared from Chinese e-commerce sites JD.com and Alibaba's Tmall, without explanation.
  • Yesterday, India banned e-cigarettes entirely.

Go deeper: The global anti-vaping tipping point

Go deeper