Nov 6, 2019

San Francisco, home of Juul, votes to uphold e-cigarette ban

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

San Francisco, the home of Juul, overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday against a ballot measure that would have reversed a ban on sales of e-cigarettes, including online.

The big picture: Juul was on the fast rise in recent years — hitting a valuation of $38 billion — until concerns over teen use hit a fever pitch following an epidemic of unexplained illnesses and 37 deaths related to vaping products.

Go deeper: Ex-Juul executive alleges firm sent 1M contaminated pods to market

Go deeper

California AG sues Juul for marketing vape products to youths

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Monday that the state is suing Juul Labs Inc. for allegedly targeting teenagers with ads for its e-cigarettes and for failing to warn consumers about the potential health risks associated with using its products, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Why it matters: The lawsuit comes just days after Juul announced a $1 billion "recovery plan" that includes cuts to its marketing and government affairs branches, as the company suffers one of its worst years on record.

Go deeperArrowNov 18, 2019

CDC confirms 2,807 hospital cases of lung injury linked to vaping

Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images

There are 2,807 confirmed hospital cases of lung injury associated with vaping in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and two U.S. territories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as of Feb 18.

What's new: Because of the consistent declines in new EVALI cases since Sept. 2019, as well as the identification of vitamin E acetate as a primary cause of EVALI, Tuesday's report will be the final CDC update on the number of hospitalized EVALI cases and deaths nationally.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Feb 25, 2020 - Health

Juul's very bad, no good rotten year

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

In the past year, Juul has gone from exceeding its 2018 projections and becoming a venture capital fundraising machine to being regulators' favorite punching bag.

Driving the news: Juul, the nation's largest maker of vaping products, announced Thursday it will freeze sales of its popular mint flavor, leaving only menthol and tobacco flavors available, as it tries to stay ahead of the looming crackdown on vaping by the Trump administration.

Go deeperArrowNov 8, 2019