San Francisco's Juul Ban, an All-Electric Airplane, and More News. San Francisco said goodbye to e-cigarettes, an airplane maker went all-electric, and a Minnesota cop was awarded money because of her snooping colleagues.
San Francisco city officials voted unanimously on Tuesday to suspend the sale and delivery of electronic cigarettes until the products are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In 2018, the FDA warned e-cigarette companies to stop marketing to children and proposed restricting the sale of flavored vaping products to minors.
Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big TobaccoJames Monsees, right, and Adam Bowen, founders of e-cigarette manufacturer Juul.Axel Heimken/Getty ImagesJuul’s deal to accept a big investment from the maker of Marlboro cigarettes will snuff out its chance to take the high road with critics, but it will buy the embattled e-cigarette company time and credibility with regulators.Juul said on Thursday it had accepted a $12.8 billion cash investment from Altria, one of the nation’s largest cigarette makers, for a 35 percent stake that values the three-year-old startup at $38 billion, according to Wells Fargo.It’s tempting to see the financial tie to big tobacco as Juul selling out.
“I think Juul is breathing a big sigh of relief,” says Marc Scheineson, a former FDA associate commissioner and partner at the law firm Alston & Bird.Gottlieb said the agency still must finalize its policies, which did not specify how convenience stores or other retail outlets could develop a section that makes products “not visible or accessible to persons under the age of 18.” Vape shops that limit entrance to buyers 18 and older won’t be affected, he added.The FDA’s approach is a creative way to address e-cigarettes while avoiding some legal pitfalls, according to Azim Chowdhury, a partner with Keller and Heckman who leads the firm’s tobacco and e-vapor practice.
Juul Pledges Big Changes, but the Impact May Be SmallGiorgos Zachos/Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, e-cigarette maker Juul announced an aggressive-sounding plan to prevent kids from using its nicotine products, including stopping the sale of most flavored pods in more than 90,000 US retail stores and shutting some of its social media accounts.
Now, recent data, like a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 2.1 million middle- and high-school students used e-cigarettes in 2017, is prompting the agency to rethink its position.“The FDA won’t tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products,” he said.Gottlieb’s offensive seems primarily aimed at Juul, the most popular of the e-cigarettes, with an estimated 70 percent share of the retail market according to Nielsen data.