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12/13/2019 11:16:00 AM
Illinis sues e-cigarette maker Juul over youth marketing

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has become the latest state to sue the country’s biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Juul Labs Inc., used deceptive marketing practices to entice minors and misrepresented the amount of nicotine in its products.

State Attorney General Kwame Raoul said the company designed its products to lure teens, making them sleek and easy to conceal, offering flavors like fruit medley and relying on celebrities and social media influencers.

“This lawsuit is one part of what must be a multi-faceted approach to addressing epidemic levels of e-cigarette use,“ Raoul said at a Chicago news conference, adding his office would also consider policy changes and enforcement.

Multiple states, including New York, Minnesota  and California, have filed similar lawsuits. In September, an Illinois teen who fell ill with lung disease after vaping sued Juul.

The lawsuits come as health officials have been investigating deaths and illnesses tied to some vaping products. In Illinois, there have been five deaths and roughly 200 cases of vaping-related illness, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.

The Illinois lawsuit alleged Juul used a “substandard age-verification system” in its online store to make it easier for teens to buy the products and created a product with a much higher nicotine content than had been previously seen in e-cigarettes, something it downplayed. The complaint also contended that once the company faced backlash it focused on another demographic: smokers looking to quit cigarettes.

The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, seeks a civil penalty of $50,000 per deceptive or unfair act, among other things. A Raoul spokeswoman didn’t immediately have an overall dollar estimate.

Juul Labs spokesman Austin Finan said company officials hadn’t reviewed the lawsuit, but were working cooperatively with attorneys general, regulators and public health officials to fight underage use.

Earlier this year , the company halted all broadcast, print  and digital product advertising in the U.S. amid wide backlash against vaping.

“Our customer base is the world’s 1 billion adult smokers and we do not intend to attract underage users,” Finan said in a statement.





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