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Arizona attorney general brokers $14.5M settlement with vape company JUUL

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday announced a $14.5 million settlement with a popular e-cigarette maker. Mark Brnovich filed a deceptive practices lawsuit against JUUL in January 2020. According to the AG, “JUUL marketed its highly-addictive nicotine products to appeal to and target young people while misleading them on the risks associated with...

Who’s Left? 323 Vape Companies Have Received MDOs

The FDA announced today that 28 additional companies have been added to its list of manufacturers that have received marketing denials since its last update on Sept. 17. All the products receiving Marketing Denial Orders (MDOs) were flavored vaping products. The total number of companies receiving MDOs for flavored product Premarket Tobacco Applications (PMTAs)...

Turning Point Vapes Application Denied By FDA

Turning Point Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TPB), the owner of ZigZag rolling papers announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued a Marketing Denial Order or MDO in response to a Premarket Tobacco Product Application (“PMTA”) covering some of the company’s vapor products. Turning Point bought the Solace vape company in 2019. ...

Some Vaping Companies Are Turning to Synthetic Nicotine to Outsmart the FDA

Troy Johnston swears he wanted to play by the rules. Johnston, who owns the Texas-based vaping company VaporSalon, tried to follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidelines for selling e-cigarette products, which required all manufacturers to file paperwork known as premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) by Sept. 9, 2020. In these applications,...

Major Disposable Vape Maker Disputes FDA’s Marketing Denial Order

On September 14, Bidi Vapor, one of the largest disposable vape producers in the United States, announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had ordered all of its products except tobacco flavors to be removed from the market. This marketing denial order (MDO) included its menthol flavor, “Arctic.” Bidi believes that particular decision...

Shop displays of e-cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia could undermine effectiveness of banning tobacco displays

Efforts to discourage people from smoking by banning tobacco retail displays in shops and supermarkets could be weakened by prominent displays of electronic (e) cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia, suggests new research published in the journal Tobacco Control. Researchers found that the vast majority of retailers that sell tobacco, albeit out of view, had prominent...

FDA blocks sale of 55,000 flavored e-cigarette products

The US Food and Drug Administration blocked the sale of more 55,000 flavored e-cigarette products Thursday, its first ban of e-cigarette products since it began requiring makers to apply for premarket review last September. The FDA issued marketing denial orders for the electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products, saying they pose a public health...

E-Liquid Company Must Remove 4.5 Million Products From Market

E-liquid company JD Nova Group LLC must remove about 4.5 million products from the market because the company’s premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) associated with those products do not meet filing requirements. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it issued a refuse-to-file letter (RTF) to JD Nova Group on Aug. 9. The RTF...

Juul to Pay $40 Million to Settle N.C. Vaping Case

Juul Labs has agreed to pay North Carolina $40 million to settle the first of a spate of lawsuits brought by states and localities claiming the e-cigarette company’s marketing practices fueled widespread addiction to nicotine among young people and created a new public health problem. The settlement, which was announced on Monday morning, allows...

FDA Asks ENDS Companies for Social Media Marketing Information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting information from four e-cigarette companies about their use of social media and influencer marketing. Responses will help the FDA learn who is exposed to the companies’ marketing and aid the FDA as it evaluates marketing plans in premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) reviews, conducts social...

Chicago files yet another lawsuit against e-cigarette industry

Four months ago, the Chicago City Council banned the sale of flavored vaping products favored by teens, but exempting flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. On Monday, that watered-down law triggered its first lawsuit — one that accuses Equte LLC, a marketing firm, as well as Vapes.com, of “marketing and selling flavored vaping products”...

TikTok is being used by vape sellers marketing to teens

TikTok has a vaping problem. Although a 2019 U.S. law made it illegal to sell or market e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21, TikTok videos featuring top brands of disposable e-cigarettes and vapes for sale have been relatively easy to find on the app. These videos, set to popular and upbeat...

Lawmakers question tobacco companies’ use of COVID-19 pandemic to market e-cigarettes

A bicameral group of federal lawmakers – led by U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) – sent letters to some of the nation’s largest tobacco companies demanding more information on the companies’ exploitation of the ongoing COVID-19...

Attorneys general call on Hollywood unions to curb smoking and vaping on TV, protect young viewers

The National Association of Attorneys General is asking several major Hollywood talent unions to help “protect young audiences from tobacco use” by limiting its exposure in streaming shows. The letter, sent earlier this month, requests support from the Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Screenwriters Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation...

E-Cig Clouds Aren’t ‘Vapour’, Scientists Warn. That Word Just Makes Them Sound Safer

Emissions from e-cigarettes are not harmless and calling them vapour is purposefully misleading, scientists argue. While the puffs from e-cigs aren't exactly smoke, the term 'vapour' often brings to mind an innocuous cloud of water. As such, public health experts argue 'aerosol' is a more accurate description, as e-cigarette clouds have been shown to contain...

Juul Fights Mafia Law Designation in Suits Against Its Marketing

Juul Labs Inc. has the Mafia to thank for the most potent legal claims accusing the e-cigarette maker of igniting an epidemic of youth nicotine addiction. The company will try to persuade a federal judge Monday that consumers and school districts can’t sue it under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which has...

FDA Will List Which E-Cigarette Makers Applied to Stay on Market

Regulators plan to open up a process that’s normally secretive by listing which e-cigarette makers want permission to sell their products in the U.S., a move that could help consumers and retailers spot illegal products more easily. The Food and Drug Administration now plans to publish a list of all the products subject to...

WA attorney general suing California e-juice company for potentially selling to minors

Washington State is now suing California-based e-juice company called “E-Juice Vapor” accusing it of selling vaping products to minors. The state’s controversial 120-day flavors ban expired in February of 2020, but other regulations are still in place. One law is that sellers must verify a customer’s age before selling to them. “Bottom line, they’re violating...

Juul Hires First Black Director, Names CEO Crosthwaite Chairman

Juul Labs Inc. has tapped Teresa Sebastian, an executive with financial and compliance expertise, to join its board as the company seeks to reset its business and diversify its ranks. Sebastian is chief executive officer of The Dominion Asset Group, an early-stage investment group focused on revitalizing urban areas. She will serve as an...

Cartoons Still Common in Online E-Cig Marketing

Cartoon imaging remains common in social media promotions of vaping liquids, even as use of the products has exploded among teens and young adults, new research finds. An investigation of 1,936 Instagram posts promoting e-liquid vaping products found that 1,608 (83.1%) were promotional, 142 (7.3%) included one or more cartoon images, and 44 (2.3%)...

State AG: 3 online vaping companies violating new laws

Attorney General Letitia James has accused three online companies of violating the state’s new laws banning the sale of vaping products through mail order and selling products with flavors, including cotton candy, pineapple mist and green apple, to youths. A law effective July 1 makes it illegal to sell vaping products through the mail....

FDA Orders 10 Companies to Stop Selling Their E-Cigarette Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent warning lettersTrusted Source to 10 companies about selling flavored, disposable e-cigarettes that especially appeal to young people without having proper approval. “Despite suspending in-person activities — such as retail compliance checks and vape shop inspections — due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our enforcement against unauthorized e-cigarettes...

Attorney General Maura Healey suing online vape company ‘Puff Bar’ alleging it sold flavored tobacco products in Massachusetts

Attorney General Maura Healey is suing an online e-cigarette company called “Puff Bar” for selling disposable flavored tobacco products in Massachusetts in violation of state law, her office on Thursday. The complaint, filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, alleges that Puff Bar and Cool Clouds Distribution, Inc. continued advertising and selling disposable flavored...

Juul Launches Legal Fight Against Black Market Vaping Cartridges

Juul Labs Inc. launched an aggressive legal campaign to halt what it calls a “seemingly endless stream” of black market cartridges for its e-cigarettes. The vaping company filed a patent-infringement complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, naming more than four dozen companies it says are importing copycat cartridges for the e-cigarettes....

Controversial E-Cigarette Company Puff Bar Says It’s Suspending U.S. Sales

A shadowy e-cigarette company that has reaped millions of dollars by exploiting a loophole to sell kid-friendly, flavored nicotine products says it is suspending sales in the U.S following revelations about its owners. Puff Bar, a California-based marketer of disposable e-cigarettes, announced the sales suspension Monday on its website. In a phone call with...

Researchers study how vaping is promoted on Instagram

E-cigarettes are highly addictive nicotine products with unclear health impacts, particularly on young people. Instagram is a visual social media platform which is wildly popular, particularly with young people. Researchers interested in public health at Aalto university in Finland studied how vaping is represented on the platform. By using artificial intelligence, they were...

Hawaii Sues E-Cig Giants Juul and Altria

Hawaii is suing the nation’s largest e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs and Altria Group, its largest shareholder and parent company of Philip Morris, saying the companies used misleading marketing to entice young customers. “In marketing their e-cigarettes to Hawaii’s children, these companies ripped pages directly out of the tobacco-company playbook and resurrected Joe Camel for...

Juul Looks at Japan Market Amid Push to Recover From Setbacks

Juul Labs Inc., the U.S.-based e-cigarette maker that’s fighting a global backlash against vaping, is considering entry into the tightly regulated Japanese market. Haruhiko Hirate, formerly a corporate officer at Tokyo-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., was hired to lead the effort, Juul said Tuesday in a statement. He was named representative director and chairman of...

Why hasn’t JUUL caught on in the UK?

JUUL is America’s most popular e-cigarette by a wide margin, and it’s well known throughout the world – even in regions where it isn’t officially available yet. For the first several years of its existence, however, it wasn’t possible to buy JUUL here in the United Kingdom. At the time, JUUL was available...

New Analysis Exposes How Big Tobacco is Exploiting COVID-19 Pandemic to Advertise Harmful and Addictive Products

Tobacco and e-cigarette companies are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to advertise their harmful and addictive products on social media, undermine minimum age purchase restrictions meant to protect youth and make unproven and illegal health claims, according to new analysis published by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The analysis includes tactics from big tobacco companies,...

Three Maryland counties sue Juul for ‘blatantly marketing its vaping products to underage teens and contributing to nationwide youth vaping epidemic’

Three Maryland counties have filed lawsuits against the e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc., arguing the company intentionally marketed its products to underage customers and contributed to a youth vaping epidemic, court documents detail. Howard, Anne Arundel and Garrett counties filed separate federal lawsuits in April, The Baltimore Sun reported. They joined Montgomery County and...

FDA Bans Products That Help Kids Hide Vapes from Adults

The FDA warned 10 companies to pull products off the market because they are designed to help teenagers hide vaping from adults. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on products that help teenagers vape without getting caught because they look exactly like candy, smartwatches, video games, or hoodies. “The public should...

E-Cigarette Deadline Extended Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

A Maryland federal judge on Friday said that he would grant a 120-day extension to the deadline for e-cigarette regulatory applications in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak that has strained U.S. Food and Drug Administration resources and disrupted supply chains. Last week, the FDA asked the Fourth Circuit to extend the current May...

Public Health England paid group linked to Big Tobacco

Doctors have criticised the organisation responsible for protecting the nation’s health over its work with a vaping pressure group that is itself linked to the world’s largest multinational tobacco company. Public Health England paid £40,000 for a series of YouTube videos co-produced by the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) and held numerous meetings with the...

How Juul Created a Teen Vaping Epidemic

Juul Labs’ internal documents and statements by its founders reveal the e-cigarette manufacturer lifted trade secrets from Big Tobacco to market its highly addictive vaping products to youths as young as 8. The company’s deliberate marketing plan proved successful, doubling the size of the U.S. vaping market and dominating competitors in just three...

FDA taking action on flavored vaping violations

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on companies that continue to sell flavored, cartridge-based vaping products in violation of the agency’s new policy. The policy took effect in February. It prioritizes enforcement actions against cartridge-based vaping products in flavors other than tobacco and menthol. The FDA sent out 22 warning letters to companies that...

Pro-tobacco videos continue to rack up views on YouTube

Experts are worried about the videos reaching a younger audience As Youtube continues to fight against the spread of misinformation, a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania explored how tobacco-related videos continue to make their rounds around the popular video streaming service. The researchers explained that viewers continue to see videos...

‘A world of hurt’: 39 states to investigate Juul’s marketing

A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas said they will lead the multi-state investigation into...

Mass. attorney general sues JUUL ‘for creating youth vaping epidemic’

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against the company she blames for starting the youth vaping epidemic. Healey's office filed a lawsuit against electronic cigarette manufacturer JUUL in Massachusetts Superior Court after an investigation into the company's sales and procedures that began in 2018. "JUUL bears responsibility for the millions of...

Undercover teens bust hundreds of Arizona stores selling vape products to minors

Undercover teens working with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office routinely find stores selling tobacco and vape products to minors, including repeat violators. Grocery stores, convenience stores and tobacco shops that are supposed to be gatekeepers of nicotine products are instead helping to usher in a teen vaping crisis. The 12 News I-Team analyzed state and...