Nov 13, 2018

Juul's plan to crack down on youth vaping

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Juul announced Tuesday a series of actions it's taking to prevent young people from smoking e-cigarettes, the company's response to tough new Food and Drug Administration regulations expected later this week.

Between the lines: It's unclear whether the actions — including halting some retail sales and new age verification measures for online sales — will have any impact on the regulations, but the company is sending a clear message that it wants to cooperate.

Details: Here are the steps being announced.

  • The company has stopped selling flavored pods — mango, fruit, creme and cucumber — to the more than 90,000 retail stores that carried them. These flavors must now be purchased on the company's website, where additional age-verification measures are being added.
  • It will strengthen standard compliance measures to make sure stores carrying tobacco and menthol-based products aren't selling to underage customers.
  • It's shutting down its social media accounts, as well as monitoring and removing inappropriate content on third-party social media accounts.
  • In the future, stores that sell Juul products will be required to have technology that designates Juul products as restricted and assists with making sure that the products are only sold to customers who are 21 and older.
  • It's developing technology to track individual devices and pods, allowing law enforcement to identify where the products are purchased.

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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