Illinois sues e-cigarette maker Juul over youth marketing

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FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York. Federal health authorities say vaping giant Juul Labs illegally promoted its electronic cigarettes as a safer option to smoking, including in a presentation to school children. The Food and Drug Administration issued a stern warning letter to the company Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, flagging various claims by Juul, including that its products are “much safer than cigarettes.” The FDA has been investigating Juul for months but had not previously warned the company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Illinois has become the latest state to sue the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker.

State Attorney General Kwame Raoul says Juul Labs Inc., used deceptive marketing practices to entice minors and misrepresented the amount of nicotine in its products.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Cook County. Other states including California, New York and Minnesota have filed similar lawsuits.

A Juul Labs spokesman says company officials haven’t reviewed the complaint yet but are cooperating with attorneys general and health officials to combat underage use.

The lawsuit comes as health officials have been investigating deaths and illnesses tied to some vaping products.

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(This story was originally published on December 12, 2019)

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