The daily business briefing: October 18, 2019

Juul stops U.S. sales of flavored e-cigarettes

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs announced Thursday that it would stop selling all of its flavor pods except tobacco, mint, and menthol in the U.S. The company has faced a backlash as regulators, lawmakers, and state prosecutors have accused it of contributing to rising vaping among teens by marketing flavored e-cigarettes to young people. Juul last year pulled its mango, fruit, creme, and cucumber nicotine pod flavors from retail stores, but until now they were still available on its website. The Food and Drug Administration last month warned Juul that it was misleading customers by claiming in ads that its products are safer than cigarettes, and the Trump administration announced a plan to ban flavored vaping products. [Reuters]

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