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Juul’s Vaping Products Are Ordered Off the Market in...

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Juul’s Vaping Products Are Ordered Off the Market in the US

A person smokes a Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarette in this arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, U.S., on Sunday July 8, 2018. Juul Labs, the maker of the popular e-cigarette brand that has recently come under fire from health officials over its popularity with young adults, plans to introduce a line of lower-nicotine pods. The company will begin to sell pods with a 3-percent nicotine concentration in its mint and Virginia tobacco flavors later this year, according to a statement Thursday.
By Bloomberg
23 Jun 2022 0

The Food and Drug Administration denied authorization to Juul Labs Inc. for all of its products currently marketed in the US, dealing a substantial blow to a company that was briefly a darling among both tobacco giants and Silicon Valley investors.

The regulator said in a statement Thursday that the company must stop selling and distributing the products, and that those that are on the market must be removed or risk enforcement action. A rise in teenage use of vaping products had compelled the agency to conduct a thorough review of e-cigarettes, according to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf.

“The agency has dedicated significant resources to review products from the companies that account for most of the US market,” Califf said in the statement. “We recognize these make up a significant part of the available products and many have played a disproportionate role in the rise in youth vaping.”

Juul’s application lacked sufficient evidence to show that allowing its products to be sold in the US would be appropriate for the protection of public health, the FDA said. Some of the company’s study findings “raised concerns due to insufficient and conflicting data,” the agency said in its statement.

Read more: Juul users who fear FDA ban are rushing to hoard e-cigarettes

Once a richly valued startup, Juul has seen its fortunes decline in recent years after regulators cracked down on flavored e-cigarette products and lawsuits accused the company of marketing to underage users. The company has said that it never targeted youth in its advertising.

Shares of Altria Group Inc., which holds a 35% stake in the company were up 1.2% in New York trading on Thursday. The stock had slumped on Wednesday after the Wall Street Journal reported that the FDA was expected to reject Juul’s application for clearance.

Regulators had hoped e-cigarettes would help adults to quit smoking, which is a major cause of premature death. However, the FDA, which has received thousands of applications for approval from e-cigarette companies, has allowed only a few to stay on the market.

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