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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A category-action lawsuit was filed in West Virginia towards JUUL Labs, Inc., Altria Group, Inc., and Philip Morris USA, Inc. for concentrating on youngsters and pre-teens with nicotine-containing merchandise, on Tuesday, August 13t, 2019. The lawsuit was filed in america District Court docket for the Southern District of West Virginia and says it seeks to carry the defendants accountable for designing and advertising and marketing JUUL nicotine-containing merchandise to kids.
“Like cigarette producers, JUUL deceptively marketed its merchandise to youngsters and pre-teens,” mentioned Brett Preston, one of many attorneys who filed the case on behalf of the Plaintiffs.
Scott Segal, co-counsel for Plaintiffs who additionally represented the State of West Virginia towards huge tobacco, mentioned: “‘Juuling’ by kids is a well being epidemic that should be stopped. JUUL can’t be permitted to do to our kids what huge tobacco did to us, our mother and father and our grandparents.”
“Mother and father throughout West Virginia are discovering small nicotine-containing JUUL pods of their kids’s backpacks and bedrooms that should resemble USB drives,” Preston mentioned.
A number of weeks in the past, Juul Labs co-founder James Monsees testified on Capitol Hill that Juul developed its blockbuster vaping system and taste pods for grownup people who smoke who wish to cease and by no means supposed its digital cigarettes to be adopted by underage youngsters. Nonetheless, he acknowledged statistics exhibiting “a big variety of underage Individuals are utilizing e-cigarettes, together with Juul merchandise.”
“Juul Labs isn’t huge tobacco,” Monsees advised members of a Home subcommittee, including that “combating underage use” is the corporate’s highest precedence.