Nov 19, 2019

New York sues Juul for marketing products to youths

New York Attorney General Letitia James. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a suit on Tuesday against Juul Labs for allegedly preying on and misleading teenagers with its ads, and for failing to warn consumers about potential health risks associated with using its products.

The big picture: The lawsuit filed in New York County Supreme Court came just one day after California filed a similar suit against Juul for suggesting its e-cigarettes are a safer option than traditional cigarettes. In the past year, Juul has gone from exceeding its 2018 projections and becoming a venture capital fundraising machine to being regulators' favorite punching bag.

The suit alleges, “JUUL took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook by engaging in deceptive business practices when marketing and advertising its products, and illegally sold its products to minors through its website and in third-party retail stores throughout the state, causing large numbers of New York youth to become addicted to nicotine.”

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California AG sues Juul for marketing vape products to youths

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Monday that the state is suing Juul Labs Inc. for allegedly targeting teenagers with ads for its e-cigarettes and for failing to warn consumers about the potential health risks associated with using its products, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Why it matters: The lawsuit comes just days after Juul announced a $1 billion "recovery plan" that includes cuts to its marketing and government affairs branches, as the company suffers one of its worst years on record.

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American Medical Association calls for ban on vaping products

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The American Medical Association called Tuesday for a ban on e-cigarettes and vaping devices and announced that it will lobby for state and federal laws, regulations and legal action to do so, per the AP.

Why it matters: The doctors' group said the action was prompted by a surge in underage teen vaping and the recent U.S. outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping that has killed at least 42 people and affected more than 2,000.

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CDC confirms 2,807 hospital cases of lung injury linked to vaping

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There are 2,807 confirmed hospital cases of lung injury associated with vaping in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and two U.S. territories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as of Feb 18.

What's new: Because of the consistent declines in new EVALI cases since Sept. 2019, as well as the identification of vitamin E acetate as a primary cause of EVALI, Tuesday's report will be the final CDC update on the number of hospitalized EVALI cases and deaths nationally.

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