Chicago Announcements March 13, 2023

The city of Chicago reached a $23.8 million settlement agreement with e-cigarette company JUUL Labs over "claims that the company was engaged in harmful and deceptive business practices by marketing and selling vaping products to underage users," according to a Friday news release from Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office. The city of Chicago brought a lawsuit against JUUL in May 2020, alleging the company violated Chicago ordinances with a marketing campaign that targeted minors and by selling products without age verification requirements, according to the news release. “E-cigarette businesses cannot be allowed to come in our city and boost their profits at the expense of minors," Chicago Department of Public Health Comm. Allison Arwady said in the news release. "The use of any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, among youth is a serious public health concern — to CDPH and parents across Chicago."

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