WASHINGTON — Juul Labs stopped selling fruit and dessert
The voluntary step is the company’s latest attempt to weather a growing political backlash blaming its
Still, the company’s latest step is unlikely to satisfy its critics.
Mint and menthol account for most of Juul’s retail sales, according to analysts, and are the most popular
The San Francisco-based company will also continue to sell its tobacco-
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Matthew Myers said that Juul’s decision to keep selling mint and menthol shows “it isn’t serious about preventing youth use.”
“Juul knows that 64% of high school e-cigarette users now use mint or menthol
His group and others are urging the Trump administration to follow through on its proposal to ban all vaping
The sales concession comes less than a month after a major shake-up at the privately held firm, in which it pledged to stop advertising and agreed to stop lobbying against the administration’s proposed
“We must reset the
This week’s move marks a remarkable shift for Juul, which had argued for years that its
But the announcement doesn’t necessarily mean the permanent end of Juul’s
Under the agency’s standards, only vaping products that represent a net benefit to public health are supposed to remain on the market.
If the company can show that its products are less harmful than cigarettes and can help adults switch, they could presumably return. Many experts, however, doubt the company will be able to win the FDA endorsement, given the popularity of Juul among underage users
Underage vaping has reached epidemic levels, according to health officials. In the latest government survey, more than 1 in 4 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the previous month despite federal law banning sales to those under 18.
While Juul agreed to stop lobbying against a
A poll released Thursday shows that Americans narrowly
The poll involved random calls to the cellphones and landlines of 1,205 adults and was conducted Oct. 3-8. The margin of sampling error for all respondents was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
In a separate public health crisis, the federal government is investigating more than 1,300 cases of lung damage linked to vaping, some of them fatal. Many patients said they vaped THC, marijuana’s intoxicating chemical, with bootleg devices, but officials have not yet implicated any common product or ingredient.
AP medical writer Carla K. Johnson contributed to this story from Seattle.
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