The plan prompted some e-cigarette companies to look into legal challenges to such a ban, according to The New York Times.
The latest CDC update on the crisis notes there are now 1,479 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products spanning every state in the U.S. except Alaska. Juul accounts for the vast majority of e-cigarette sales in the U.S. and is now under investigation in several states for misleading advertising and promotions targeting teenagers.
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In September, the company previously swore to stop all print, broadcast and digital advertisements in the US, including its "Make the Switch" campaign promoting Juul as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, a claim that the Food and Drug Administration said was illegal.
Shortly after, Juul announced that its CEO was stepping down and that it was ceasing all United States advertising and lobbying. Josh Raffel, a spokesman for Juul, said the company could also extend its temporary sales ban to other flavors, such as mint and menthol.
Juul's tobacco and menthol-based flavors will remain on the market.
Juul Labs Inc., the largest e-cigarette maker in the US, is suspending sales of most nicotine pod flavors nationwide, bending to pressure from officials and the public who said sugary flavors were hooking teens.More news: Kate Middleton and Prince William's plane FORCED to emergency land during storm
"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", said new CEO, K.C. Crosthwaite in a statement. The 180 new cases in the past week was the lowest weekly increase since mid-September. "As such, we recommend that you should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC".
The latest tally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the number of confirmed or probable lung injury cases at 1,479 as of October 15. About 25% of high school seniors reported recent e-cigarette use in a health survey this year, up from 11% in 2017.
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