The Food and Drug Administration last week ordered Juul Labs, Inc. remove all its products from the U.S. market. Juul is now fighting that decision in court, saying it would force the company to shut down.
The decision comes one year after the state of North Carolina agreed to a legal settlement with Juul, resulting in millions of dollars for youth to quit tobacco and restrictions on how the company can advertise and sell to North Carolinians. The restrictions included requiring Juul products to be stored behind counters, implementing a secret shopper program and not allowing Juul to be advertised near schools or playgrounds.
Attorney General Josh Stein commended the FDA decision Thursday, but encouraged the agency to improve regulations to prevent youth from using vapes and other electronic nicotine products.
“That way, we can ensure that other companies, like Puff Bar, don’t simply fill the vacuum created by the FDA’s action on Juul,” Stein said.
Stein previously filed lawsuits against other e-cigarette makers. As of the one year anniversary of the Juul settlement on June 28, North Carolina should have received $21 million from the company, over half of the total.
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