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US FDA to order Juul e-cigarettes off market – WSJ

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A woman holds a Juul e-cigarette. (File Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

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The United States Food and Drug Administration is preparing to order Juul Labs Inc to take its e-cigarettes off the market in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning (June 22), citing people familiar with the matter.

The health agency could announce its decision as early as Wednesday, the report said.

Shares in tobacco giant Altria Group Inc, which owns a 35 per cent stake in Juul, were down six per cent in morning trading.

PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACT WEIGHED

Altria and the FDA did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

In September, the FDA delayed its decision on whether Juul and other major manufacturers could sell their e-cigarette products in the country, as it weighed the public health impact of the products.

The US agency in October allowed British American Tobacco Plc to market its Vuse Solo e-cigarettes and tobacco-flavoured pods, making it the first-ever vapor product to get clearance from the health regulator.

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