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Connecticut launches investigation into vaping health claims

A selection of the popular Juul brand vaping supplies are displayed in the window of a vaping store in New York on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Tribune News Service)
A selection of the popular Juul brand vaping supplies are displayed in the window of a vaping store in New York on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Tribune News Service)
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut is joining other states in investigating vaping manufacturer Juul Labs.

State Attorney General William Tong said the state wants to determine if Juul is illegally marketing its products as smoking-cessation devices and whether it has properly limited its marketing to adults.

Tong said the state’s investigation is part of a national effort to curb youth vaping. That includes a lawsuit over Juul’s marketing practices in North Carolina and similar investigations in other states.

He said Connecticut is targeting Juul because it has the largest share of the vaping market.

Tong says Juul’s products have never been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as smoking-cessation devices and should not be marketed as such.

Juul spokesman Theodore Kwong says the company’s product is not intended to help people quit nicotine.

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