On Thursday, to curb a surge in teen vaping, the Food and Drug Administration ordered the pullout of Juul electronic cigarettes from U.S. store shelves.
Based on the order, it was learned that it isn’t illegal for consumers who have already purchased the company’s vaping devices and tobacco cartridges to use them, but unsold products must be yanked from store shelves.
In ordering the pullout, the FDA said Juul may have had a “disproportionate” role in promoting vaping among teens.
The FDA explained that the documentation submitted by the San Francisco-headquartered company failed to convince federal regulators marketing its products “would be appropriate for the protection of the public health.”
Meanwhile, the American Lung Association welcomed the FDA’s move Thursday.
The group said the pullout is “long overdue.”
It was learned that despite a dip in sales, Juul is the largest vaping brand in the nation’s $6 billion industry – although it’s now No. 4 among teens who vape.