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New York’s Attorney General Letitia James slapped e-cigarette brand Juul Labs with a lawsuit on Tuesday for its deceptive marketing that exacerbated the state’s “ongoing youth epidemic,” officials announced.
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Roughly 4.1 million high schoolers and 1.2 million middle school students use the e-cigarettes, such as the USB-shaped Juul product, which dominates 70 percent of the market, according to a recent National Youth Tobacco Survey, which was included in a Tuesday press release. At least one person – a 17-year-old Bronx teen – has died in the state as a result of the vaping epidemic.
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“There can be no doubt that JUUL’s aggressive advertising has significantly contributed to the public health crisis that has left youth in New York and across the country addicted to its products,” said James in a prepared statement. “By glamorizing vaping, while at the same time downplaying the nicotine found in vaping products, JUUL is putting countless New Yorkers at risk.”
Juul announced late September the company had appointed a new CEO, former Altria exec K.C. Crosthwaite. Crosthwaite, who was Altria’s chief growth officer before taking on the new role, also served as the CEO and president of tobacco giant Philip Morris USA from April 2017 to June 2018. Altria owns a 35.5 percent stake in Juul.
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James charges in the release that Juul used “bright, colorful images of attractive, young models” and a variety of flavors that were appealing to kids.