Juul discontinues gross sales of its mint-flavored pods

Juul is discontinuing its gross sales of mint Juul pods, citing research launched from totally different surveys. The announcement comes per week after a lawsuit was filed in opposition to Juul, claiming the corporate shipped out 1 million batches of contaminated mint e-liquid. 

The corporate mentioned in an announcement that every one gross sales of mint-flavored Juul pods would stop each on-line and in shops. Research from the 2019 Nationwide Youth Tobacco Survey and the Monitoring the Future survey revealed that younger individuals are 31% extra doubtless to make use of an e-cigarette due to obtainable flavors like mint, sweet, and fruit. The research additionally confirmed that this the biggest year-to-year improve recorded in vaping in younger folks. 

“These outcomes are unacceptable and that’s the reason we should reset the vapor class within the U.S. and earn the belief of society by working cooperatively with regulators, Attorneys Basic, public well being officers, and different stakeholders to fight underage use. We are going to assist the upcoming FDA taste coverage and can comply with the PMTA course of,”Juul Labs CEO Okay.C. Crosthwaite mentioned within the firm’s announcement. 

A lawsuit was filed in opposition to the corporate by a former worker alleging that batches of Juul’s mint e-liquid have been discovered to be contaminated throughout a March 12 assembly, however that the pods we nonetheless shipped to retailers and bought to clients. Juul beforehand informed Digital Tendencies that the allegations concerning the merchandise are false and that the product met all relevant specs. 

A Juul spokesperson informed Digital Tendencies that the latest resolution to discontinue the Mint Juul pods is just not a results of the lawsuit. 

“We consider strongly within the high quality of all our merchandise. In gentle of the latest surveys, Juul Labs has determined to instantly cease accepting orders from our retail companions for our Mint Juul pods within the U.S. and stop the sale of Mint Juul pods within the U.S. by way of our e-commerce website,” the spokesperson informed Digital Tendencies. 

The one e-cigarette flavors that Juul sells now within the U.S. are Virginia tobacco, basic tobacco, and menthol.

The corporate has been on the forefront of the vaping sickness epidemic over its advertising practices and availability of flavors that cater to a youthful crowd. 

The Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) began an investigation in opposition to Juul in August. Together with the FTC, state lawyer generals are trying into whether or not Juul targets minors with its advertising and flavored e-cigarettes. The Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) and federal authorities are additionally conducting separate investigations into the corporate. 

In June, San Francisco, the place Juul is headquartered, grew to become the primary metropolis within the U.S. to ban the gross sales of e-cigarettes. Since then, Massachusetts, Michigan, California, and New York have made comparable bans to flavored vaping merchandise amid well being issues. President Donald Trump has additionally mentioned that he needs to ban flavored e-cigarettes nationwide and difficulty new regulatory steering on vapes. 

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