Juul under fire from federal regulators for vaping safety claims

 

Federal health officials warned electronic cigarette maker Juul Monday to stop saying vaping is safer than smoking because it hasn't complied with regulations that call on companies to prove that's true.

The Food and Drug Administration also sent a letter to the company "expressing concern, and requesting more information" about the its outreach and marketing practices, especially to students, tribes, health insurers and employers,following congressional testimony this summer that included reported safety claims. 

FDA's warning comes as the agency, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials, investigate a soaring number of reported cases of severe lung illnesses linked to vaping of nicotine and cannabis products. More than 400 people have gotten sick and at least five have died. 

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