Thursday, 21 November, 2019

Juul officially suspends sale of all fruit flavors

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Russell Knight | 18 October, 2019, 10:54

He said the Trump administration's goal was to ban those flavors and leave only tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes on the market.

Following mass fear over vaping devices, the Trump administration is expected to approve a policy to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market.

Juul's announcement came as the Centers for Disease Control released a statement saying that the amount of confirmed and probable cases of vaping-related lung illnesses was continuing to rise, and had reached 1,479. The reports to the center came from the District of Columbia, one US territory, and all states except Alaska.

A total of 33 deaths have been confirmed across 24 states. The CDC updates its data counts each week. Advocates for the bans say flavors appeal to kids and minimize how harmful and addictive vapes are perceived to be, but opponents say they're an important tool in getting adults to switch over from combustible cigarettes.

The e-cigarette maker said Thursday that its mango, creme, fruit and cucumber flavors will be pulled from its website until a Food and Drug Administration review can be completed.

A woman smokes a Juul e-cigarette in NY. The various other flavors will still be for sale outside of the united states.

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The San Francisco-based company will also continue to sell its tobacco-flavoured vaping pods.

But the announcement doesn't necessarily mean the permanent end of Juul's flavors. Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner who declared youth vaping an epidemic, said Juul's decision to continue selling mint and menthol won't solve the problem. Most of the patients who reported their cases had a history of using THC-linked products as well.

The voluntary step announced Thursday is the company's latest concession as it tries to weather a political backlash blaming its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a generation of teenagers.

That includes a lawsuit filed by a Florida mother earlier this week, who claims that her son died in his sleep at 18 was killed by vaping Juul's products.

"It's the "Wild West" right now in the vaping industry", Mills said in a phone call.

Erin Rice Mills, a NY mother and advocate from the national grassroots group "Parents Against Vaping", told The Epoch Times previously that the rise of counterfeit vaping products, black-market vendors, and the lack of regulation are creating a toxic mix. "It really is an urgent matter that needs to be addressed".

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