Juul Plots Global Expansion Amid Vaping Deaths in U.S.

By Madlen Davies, Matthew Chapman, Jana Kasperkevic, Ben Stockton The embattled American vape company Juul is pushing foreign governments to ditch strict e-cigarette regulations as it aggressively expands across the globe in an attempt to offset lost profits in the U.S. Juul, which sells sleek e-cigarettes and flavored nicotine pods that have become a craze among American teenagers, is planning to enter new markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. As it expands, the company has spent millions of dollars lobbying politicians in an attempt to preempt or roll back relevant regulations on products in several different countries. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal Juul has met politicians, regulators and officials to lobby on vaping …

Vaping Influencers Give Feds a Headache

By Chaseedaw Giles, nicotine vapes may harm young users brainsand are Young users are more likely to adopt e-cigarettes when they engage with social media-based advertising. Some influencers use the hashtag #nominors, which has over 10,400 posts and, in theory, sets a boundary. In practice, it can do the opposite and attract underage traffic. The hashtag #vaping alone has more than 9 million posts, featuring elaborate smoke tricks, e-juice flavors, attractive models and stylish vaping devices. While federal agencies play catch-up, researchers worry its too little, too late. In theory, a couple of rules govern marketing. Regardless of platform, e-cig advertisements cannot include demonstrably false statementsincluding unproven claims that the devices help people quit smoking, an argument often deployed by …