Juul Stops Sales of Mint-Flavored E-Cigarettes

电子烟巨头Juul宣布在美停售薄荷味电子烟

2019-11-08 07:32:40 drugs

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Juul Labs will halt sales of its mint-flavored electronic cigarettes, the company announced Thursday. The latest move follows new government research that showed Juul is the most popular brand among high schoolers who vape, and that the majority of young vapers like mint-flavored e-cigarettes the most. "These results are unacceptable, and that is why we must reset the vapor category in the U.S.," Juul CEO K.C. Crosthwaite said in a company statement. Having already halted sales of fruit- and dessert-flavored e-cigarettes, Juul will now only sell menthol and tobacco flavors. Mint and menthol flavors accounted for nearly 60% of the company's retail sales in the past year, according to Associated Press. Juul has been besieged by legal troubles, including multiple investigations by Congress, federal agencies and several state attorneys general. The company is also being sued by adults and underage Juul users who claim they became addicted to nicotine through the company's products. The Trump administration has also proposed banning nearly all e-cigarette flavors, but has not acted on that yet. Juul has already stopped sales of its mango, creme, fruit and cucumber products, which account for 10% of its sales. Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that the number of severe lung illnesses tied to vaping continues to climb: There are now 2,051 cases reported in 49 states and 39 deaths reported in 24 states. Products containing the marijuana chemical THC seem to be a main driver behind those illnesses. While THC is a main suspect in the CDC's investigation, a recent study suggested other chemicals might play a role. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Arizona conducted an examination of 17 cases involving vaping-linked lung injury -- including lung biopsies. All of the patients examined had severe forms of the illness, and two had died. "Based on what we have seen in our study, we suspect that most cases involve chemical contaminants, toxic byproducts or other noxious agents within vape liquids," said lead researcher Dr. Brandon Larsen. He's a surgical pathologist at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, in Scottsdale. Those findings were published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine. While THC does seem to figure prominently in many cases, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, has stressed that nicotine-containing vaping products without THC cannot be ruled out as a potential cause of harm. Because of that, the CDC recommendation for everyone to stop vaping stands. What is clear is that the illnesses that are affecting vapers can be sudden and severe. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath and chest pains. Some patients have had so much trouble breathing that they wind up on oxygen, and in extreme cases are placed on a mechanical ventilator.
Juul Labs 周四宣布,将停止销售薄荷味电子香烟。 在此之前,政府的一项新研究显示, Juul 是高中吸烟者中最受欢迎的品牌,大多数年轻的吸烟者喜欢薄荷味的电子香烟。 Juul 首席执行官 K.C . Crosthwaite 在一份公司声明中说:“这些结果是不可接受的,这就是为什么我们必须重新设置美国的蒸汽类别。” 由于已经停止了水果和甜点口味的电子香烟的销售, Juul 现在只能销售薄荷醇和烟草口味。据美联社报道,薄荷和薄荷口味占该公司去年零售总额的近60%。 朱鲁被法律问题困扰,包括国会、联邦机构和几个州总检察长的多次调查。该公司还受到成年人和未成年 Juul 用户的起诉,他们声称他们通过该公司的产品对尼古丁上瘾。 特朗普政府还提议禁止几乎所有的电子烟口味,但迄今尚未采取行动。 Juul 已经停止销售芒果、奶油、水果和黄瓜产品,占其销售额的10%。 与此同时,美国疾病控制和预防中心星期四报告说,与吸食有关的严重肺部疾病的数量继续攀升:49个州报告了2051例,24个州报告了39例死亡。 含有大麻化学物质 THC 的产品似乎是导致这些疾病的主要因素。 虽然 THC 是疾病预防控制中心(CDC)调查的主要嫌疑人,但最近的一项研究表明,其他化学物质可能会起作用。 亚利桑那州梅奥诊所的研究人员对17例涉及 vaping 相关性肺损伤的病例进行了检查,包括肺活检。所有被检查的病人都有严重的疾病,两人死亡。 “根据我们在研究中看到的情况,我们怀疑大多数病例中都含有化学污染物、有毒副产品或其它有毒液体中的有害物质,”首席研究员布兰登·拉森博士说。他是亚利桑那州梅奥诊所的外科病理学家。 这些发现上个月发表在《新英格兰医学杂志》上。 尽管 THC 在许多情况下似乎占据了主导地位,但疾病预防控制中心(CDC)的首席副主任 Anne Schuchat 博士强调,没有 THC 的含尼古丁吸食产品不能被排除为潜在的伤害原因。正因为如此,疾控中心建议所有人停止吸气站。 很明显,影响吸血鬼的疾病可能是突然和严重的。症状包括咳嗽、呼吸急促和胸痛.有些病人呼吸困难得很厉害,以至于他们用氧气来呼吸,在极端情况下,他们被放置在机械呼吸机上。

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