Situational awareness: "Toys R Us fans in the U.S. should see the iconic brand re-emerge in some form by this holiday season," the AP notes.
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Nearly 5 million U.S. children used tobacco products last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned today with the headline "Progress erased: youth tobacco use increased during 2017-2018."
Why it matters: E-cigarettes are a multibillion dollar business that faces an existential threat should the Food and Drug Administration determine they're too popular among children.
By the numbers: 27% of high school students and 7% of middle school students used a tobacco product in 2018.
Between the lines: Juul was valued at $38 billion when Altria (the parent company of Phillip Morris) made a strategic investment late last year.
What's next: Just last week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb sent a letter to the CEO of Juul, saying:
"I am aware of deeply concerning data showing that youth use of JUUL products represents a significant proportion of the overall use of e-cigarette products by children. I have no reason to believe these youth patterns of use are abating in the near term, and they certainly do not appear to be reversing."
The bottom line: We don’t yet know whether Juul’s self-policing or the FDA rule changes — both announced late last year — have had any effect on e-cigarette use, and we won’t until later this year.
Notes of support are posted on the name plate outside the office of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in the Longworth House Office Building.
Bichons Frises gather in the judging ring during the Daytime Session at the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
"Dogs from affenpinschers to Yorkshire terriers are rounding the rings at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show," the AP notes.