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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California announced Monday that places of worship and retailers can reopen statewide if they maintain strict measures and meet certain other conditions.

Zoom in: The state health department said in new guidance attendance for churches and other places of worship must have approval from county health officials to reopen and cap attendance at 25% of the building's capacity or no more than 100 people. In-store retail can resume statewide.

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By the numbers: Almost 5.5 million people have tested positive for the virus as of Monday, and more than 2.2 million have recovered. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world (over 1.6 million from 14.6 million tests). The U.K. is reporting over 36,900 deaths from the coronavirus — the most fatalities outside the U.S.

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