INDIANA (WEHT) Attorney General Curtis Hill announced the launch of a bipartisan, multi-state investigation of Juul Labs.
A total of 39 states are investigating Juul’s marketing and sales practices, including targeting of youth, claims regarding nicotine content, and statements regarding the risks, safety and effectiveness of smoking cessation devices.
While traditional cigarette use has plummeted among youth, vaping is skyrocketing. The National Youth Tobacco Survey, conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2019, found more than 5 million youth reported having used e-cigarettes within the past 30 days, up from 3.6 million just one year prior.
A recent study from the CDC found that 99% of e-cigarettes sold in assessed venues in the U.S. contained nicotine, which is the addictive drug found in regular cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. Nicotine is found in Juul products.
Nicotine use can harm adolescent brain development, according to the CDC. Using nicotine in adolescence, the CDC said, can harm parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood and impulse control.
Young people who use e-cigarettes may also be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future, the CDC said.
(This story was originally published on Feb. 25, 2020)