Juul to stop making fruity flavored vape pods in Canada

Juul Labs will stop producing its fruit-flavored vape pods in Canada amid growing concerns about teens getting hooked on e-cigarettes.

The vaping giant is temporarily halting production of its fruit, mango, cucumber and vanilla pods in Canada as part of an ongoing review of the company’s practices, Juul spokesman Austin Finan said.

“The leadership team will continue to review JUUL Labs’ global policies and practices and will take appropriate actions as the company works to combat underage use and preserve the historic opportunity to transition adult smokers off of combustible cigarettes,” Finan said in a statement.

But the fruity pods won’t immediately disappear from Canadian stores as the company will continue to sell off its existing stock, according to news website The Logic, which first reported the move Tuesday.

Juul has already stopped selling all flavors except tobacco and menthol in the US. Juul said its mint, Virginia tobacco and golden tobacco flavors will stay on the market in Canada, where menthol is not available.

Canadian regulators have been weighing tougher rules for the e-cigarette industry as worries mount about the health effects of vaping and its prevalence among youth. The Trump administration moved this month to ban all cartridge-based vape flavors except menthol and tobacco while the Food and Drug Administration reviews the products.

With Post wires

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