Juul Halts Funding for San Francisco Vaping Ballot Initiative
TUESDAY, Oct. 1, 2019 -- On Monday, San Francisco-based Juul Labs Inc. said it will no longer fund an effort to quash an antivaping law in the city, effectively ending the campaign.
Juul, the largest maker of electronic cigarettes, is ending its support for the measure after contributing nearly $19 million, according to the Associated Press. Juul's decision follows closely on the heels of major changes at the company, including replacing its CEO.
The proposition, however, will still be on the ballot in November. The law, called proposition C, would permit the sale of vaping products to adults. If it passes, it would override a law passed in June banning the sale of any e-cigarette that has not been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
This news comes as Nebraska reports the death of a 65-year-old man from a vaping-linked respiratory illness, marking the first such fatality for the state and bringing the total number of deaths across the United States to 15. Overall, more than 800 people have so far become seriously ill after using e-cigarettes, NBC News reported.
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Posted: October 2019