Connecticut’s attorney general made a big announcement when it comes to vaping.
E-cigarettes have become quite controversial recently, especially with the impact they’re having on young people. Attorney General William Tong announced an investigation into Juul Labs, Incorporated on Wednesday. Juul Labs, Inc. is the company producing electronic cigarettes.
Juul says the product was created as a satisfying alternative to cigarettes; a way to improve the lives of the world’s estimated one billion adult smokers by eliminating cigarettes. At least, that’s what it says on the company website.
The issue here is youth using the product, and not adults. Lawmakers have expressed concern over the different flavors and the discrete design which makes e-cigarettes attractive to teenagers.
Doctors in other parts of the country have even reported severe lung damage in young people who’ve been vaping for a short period of time.
Researchers at Yale just raised some concerns, saying that people are inhaling more than just the ingredients listed on the package.
Additionally, a Connecticut man is now suing Juul. The 22-year-old says he smoked up to two pods a day and suffered a massive stroke, which left him partially paralyzed and blind.
By the way, the nicotine in one e-cigarette pod is the equivalent to a pack of cigarettes.
The co-founder of Juul defended the company during a congressional hearing last week, saying Juul never wanted minors to use the product, acknowledging that the company did make missteps.
A JUUL Labs spokesperson released the following statement on the investigation:
“We share the Attorney General’s concerns about youth vaping, which is why we welcome the opportunity to share information about our commitment to eliminate combustible cigarettes and our aggressive, industry leading actions to combat youth usage. We strongly advocate for Tobacco 21 legislation nationwide, we stopped the sale of non-tobacco and non-menthol based flavored JUULPods to our traditional retail store partners, enhanced our online age-verification process, strengthened our retailer compliance program with over 2,000 secret shopper visits per month, and shut down our Facebook and Instagram accounts while working constantly to remove inappropriate social media content generated by others on those platforms. And we continue to develop technologies to further restrict underage access.
“To be clear – the JUUL system is a switching product designed to help adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes to an alternative nicotine delivery and that is how we position it in our marketing and communications. JUUL products are not intended to be used as cessation products, including for the cure or treatment of nicotine addiction, relapse prevention, or relief of nicotine withdrawal symptoms.We look forward to a productive dialogue as we continue to combat youth usage and help adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes.”
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