Aug 17, 2019

Juul spends millions to overturn e-cigarette ban in San Francisco

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The electronic cigarette company Juul is spending millions of dollars to stop bans on e-cigarette sales in its hometown of San Francisco and other Bay Area communities, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The latest: The Vapor Technology Association sued the federal government this week to delay upcoming reviews of e-cigarettes on the market. San Francisco's e-cigarette sales ban started as part of an attempt to crackdown on youth vaping and has quickly spread to surrounding cities, says the Chronicle. The city of Livermore, Calif. passed a ban on July 8.

By the numbers: Juul has spent $4.3 million since May to promote its Proposition C measure to overturn San Francisco's e-cigarette ban, per the Chronicle.

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Michigan to become first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

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Michigan is set to become the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes after the state's health department deemed youth vaping a public health emergency, reports the Washington Post.

The big picture, per Axios' Sam Baker: This first ban came fast, all things considered. And it’s notable that it’s not coming from California or New York, which are usually at the leading edge of banning things. That’s a clear sign that the next phase of vaping’s political troubles is just beginning.

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Juul's growing kids crisis

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Juul's campaign to convince America it does not target kids to vape is getting crushed by lawmakers, attorney generals and the media. The backlash is wicked — and widespread: 

Driving the news: Attorneys general from Illinois and Washington, D.C. are launching new investigations into Juul, and how the company's e-cigarettes became so popular with young people, reports AP. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued a formal warning on Friday against the broad use of e-cigarettes and recommended users avoid buying bootlegged vaping products.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Aug 30, 2019

Juul competitors are on the rise

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Juul's competitors are attracting customers with cheaper products and fruity flavors that Juul no longer sells in retail stores, CNBC reports.

The big picture: When Juul decided to self-regulate in response to mounting FDA concerns, its rivals pounced on the opportunity to boost their own sales.

Go deeperArrowAug 21, 2019