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Juul ends support for San Francisco vaping ballot initiative

A display of JuUl cartridges.
A display of JuUl cartridges. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Juul, the nation's largest producer of e-cigarettes, said Monday that it is ending its support for Proposition C, a ballot measure in San Francisco that would overturn an anti-vaping law in the city, per the AP.

Why it matters: Because Juul was virtually the only financial backer of the measure, its decision effectively killed the proposition's campaign after spending nearly $19 million to fund it.

  • The proposition will still remain on the November ballot.

What they're saying: "I am committed to seeing that JUUL engages productively with all stakeholders, including regulators, policymakers and our customers," new Juul CEO K.C. Crosthwaite said in a statement.

  • "This decision does not change the fact that as a San Francisco-founded and headquartered company we remain committed to the city."

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