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Technology Juul stops selling its fruit-flavored vape products

21:25  17 october  2019
21:25  17 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Today, Juul announced that it's suspending the sale of its fruit-flavored vape products in the US. It will no longer sell its mango, creme, fruit and cucumber varieties. The decision comes as the Trump administration is preparing to ban flavored e-cigs in an attempt to curb teen vaping and as the CDC continues to search for the cause of a vaping-related lung illness.

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Juul stopped selling those flavors in retail stores last year. Since then, they've only been available online. The company will continue to sell its mint and menthol nicotine pods even though those could also be subject to the Trump administration ban.

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  Vape brand Juul is reportedly at the center of a criminal probe E-cigarette maker Juul is in trouble again. According to The Wall Street Journal, people familiar with the matter say that the company is the subject of a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in California. It's not yet been revealed what the focus of the investigation is, although sources say it's still in its early stages. This will be another unwelcome challenge for the quickly-growing company, which has come under fire for the ways its sleek vaporizers have found appeal with young people.

Juul says its decision is not final, so we could see the fruity flavors return in the future. In the meantime, the company says it will refrain from lobbying the administration. It will continue to develop scientific evidence to support the use of its flavored products and enforce measures to combat underage use.

"We must reset the vapor category by earning the trust of society and working cooperatively with regulators, policymakers, and stakeholders to combat underage use while providing an alternative to adult smokers," CEO KC Crosthwaite said in a statement.

Juul products are no longer available through Chinese retailers, and India has effectively banned vaping country-wide. Michigan has banned flavored e-cigs, and San Francisco has banned the sale of all e-cigs.

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Massachusetts temporarily bans vaping products amid health crisis .
Following a spate of vaping illnesses and deaths, Massachusetts has become the first state to do a full ban on vaping products. Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency and said that both flavored and non-flavored vaping products -- made with nicotine and marijuana -- would be temporarily prohibited from sale for a period of four months. "[We] need to pause sales in order for our medical experts to collect more information about what is driving these life threatening vaping-related illnesses," he said at a press conference.

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