Missouri joins multi-state investigation of JUUL

1 month 4 days 5 hours ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:33:00 AM CST February 25, 2020 in News
By: Claire Bradshaw, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri joined a bipartisan, multistate investigation of JUUL Labs on Tuesday, according to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

Schmitt announced in a press release 39 states are investigating JUUL's marketing and sales practices such as targeting youth consumers.

“Ensuring that Missourians, especially our kids and teenagers, are protected is an integral part of my job as Attorney General. With this multi-state investigation, we will be looking closely into JUUL’s marketing practices, specifically relating to younger consumers,” said Attorney General Schmitt. 

He said in the release traditional cigarette use is not as popular among youth while vape use continues to rise.

According to a survey done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control in 2019, more than 5 million youth said they used e-cigarettes within the past 30 days. Only 1.4 million said they used an e-cigarette in 2018.

In 2019 1 in 4 high school students said that they use vaping products, according to the CDC.

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