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Feds seek breakup of Altria-Juul deal on antitrust grounds

U.S. business regulators are suing to break up the multibillion-dollar deal between tobacco giant Altria and e-cigarette startup Juul Labs, saying their partnership amounted to an agreement not to compete in the U.S. vaping market.

39 states investigating Juul’s marketing of vaping products

Investigators from 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday.

U.S. teen vaping numbers climb, fueled by Juul & mint flavor

New research shows U.S. who vape prefer Juul, and mint is the top flavor for many. That suggests a shift after Juul’s sweeter flavors were removed from retail stores. The results are in two studies published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They include a government report indicating that teen vaping numbers have climbed since last year. The Trump administration has proposed banning virtually all vaping flavors.

Philip Morris, Altria end merger talks

NEW YORK – The U.S. tobacco giants Philip Morris and Altria are calling off merger talks and Juul’s CEO is stepping down with safety concerns over e-cigarettes intensifying. The makers of Marlboro cigarettes said last month that they were in discussions to become a single company, more than a decade after splitting into two as lawsuits mounted.

Juul warned over claims its e-cigarette safer than smoking

Federal health authorities on Monday blasted vaping giant Juul for illegally pitching its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking and ordered the company to stop making unproven claims for its products.

Michigan to become 1st state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Michigan could become the first state to ban flavored electronic cigarettes. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday ordered the state health department to issue emergency rules that will prohibit the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products, including to adults.

E-cigarette maker Juul facing mounting scrutiny by state AGs

E-cigarette giant Juul Labs is facing mounting scrutiny from state law enforcement officials, with the attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia investigating how the company’s blockbuster vaping device became so popular with underage teens, The Associated Press has learned.