Juul co-founder calls underage use 'serious problem'
Juul co-founder James Monsees on Thursday told a House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee hearing on Thursday the company "never wanted" non-nicotine users and "certainly nobody underage" to use the e-cigarette and highlighted progress on smoking cessation, as the company continues to face scrutiny on Capitol Hill.
U.S. federal judge earlier this month ordered the Food and Drug Administration to impose a 10-month deadline for the submission of e-cigarette applications, turning the screws on companies like Juul Labs Inc whose products have come under intense scrutiny for their popularity among teenagers.
The FDA last month proposed the shorter timeline after the U.S. District Court for Maryland ruled in a lawsuit filed by anti-tobacco groups that the agency had exceeded its authority in allowing e-cigarettes to remain on the market until 2022 before companies applied for regulatory approval.
Before last month, the agency had proposed makers of e-cigarettes have until August 2021 to submit a formal application to keep selling their products.
But the public health and anti-tobacco groups that originated the suit countered that e-cigarette and cigar makers submit applications within 120 days.
E-cigarette maker Juul is starting to choke. According to Gizmodo, Juul is preparing for more layoffs, and may ultimately pull out of some overseas markets. The company is in the midst of dealing with regulatory crackdowns and multiple investigations into its products and marketing tactics. Juul flew close to the sun a few years ago when it dominated the market for vape products, but has seen a spectacular fall from its prime.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. and Dr. Anthony Fauci went head to head on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about the issue of 'herd immunity' and the COVID-19 pandemic. Business Insider reports that Paul argued that the 210,000 Americans who have died from the novel coronavirus had nothing to do with public health. Instead, Business Insider reports he argued that the same number of Americans would've died of COVID-19 even if states hadn't enforced any shutdown measures.
[NFA] Tropical Storm Isaias raced up the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday, generating tornadoes and knocking out power, and a twister in North Carolina killed at least one person when it obliterated a mobile home park. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
Maryland-based biotechnology company, Novavax, said on Tuesday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced antibodies against the novel coronavirus and appears to be safe, according to an early-stage study. President of Research and Development, Dr. Gregory Glenn told Reuters the experimental vaccine “looked good in animals. Now it looks really good in people."
The school attended by President Donald Trump and Melania Trump's youngest son, Barron, has ended on-campus learning. The news comes as the president demands a return to in-person classes around the country. On Friday, CNN reports Montgomery County, Maryland, ordered that private schools not conduct in-person learning until October 1st. Barron Trump is slated to enter 9th grade in the fall. He attends St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Montgomery County, Maryland.