Juul announced that it will be halting sales of flavored e-cigarette pods ahead of a Trump administration policy expected to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from store shelves.
The e-cigarette provider removed the flavored pods from retail stores last year under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, making them available only on their age-restricted website. Now, they are shifting to only selling menthol and mint nicotine pods, effective immediately.
“We continue to review our policies and practices in advance of FDA’s flavor guidance and have not made any final decisions,” Juul spokesman Austin Finan said in a statement. “We are refraining from lobbying the administration on its draft flavor guidance and will fully support and comply with the final policy when effective.”
Vapes have come under scrutiny as the cause of a nationwide outbreak of lung illnesses and deaths. Nearly 30 people have died and almost 1,300 have suffered from lung illness because of e-cigarette use.