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Massachusetts settles with vaping company for 51 million dollars

A e-cigarette retailer and its two owners have agreed to pay nearly $51 million to settle allegations that they illegally marketed products to minors in Massachusetts. According to the state attorney generals office on Thursday, Eonsmoke’s campaign intentionally targeted young people and sold dangerous and addictive vaping products directly to minors through their website. The state alleged the e-cigarette retailer targeted teens by selling products with high nicotine concentrations, in what was described as dessert flavors, such as sour gummy, donut cream, and pink lemonade.

According to the lawsuit, Eonsmoke based in New Jersey and dissolved last year, failed to verify the age of online purchasers of electronic nicotine devices, e-liquids, and nicotine pods, and failed to ensure that shipments of their products were received by a person legally allowed to do so. The state’s minimum legal age to buy smoking products is 21. Under terms of the settlement, the company will pay $50 million while the two owners will pay a total of $750,000. The settlement requires a judge’s approval.

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