Juul’s CEO stepped down today after the company announced it would fully comply with the Trump administration ban on flavored e-cigarettes
. The ban came after a spate of sudden deaths and illnesses related to e-cigarette use, particularly among teenagers and young adults. Over the weekend India also banned e-cigarettes outright, adding to the growing list of countries that do not permit the sale or use of e-cigarettes.
Companies like Juul marketed e-cigarettes
as products that could help smokers addicted to nicotine wean themselves off traditional cigarettes. Teen e-cigarette use in the U.S. has spiked leading to tightening regulations around the product, with some regulators and advocates blaming flavored cartridges as the thing that gets teens hooked on the product.
Around the world, most countries that ban e-cigs are in the Middle East, according to the Global Tobacco Control organization. Brazil is among the countries that have an outright prohibition on e-cigarettes along with Cambodia and Thailand. Many nations in Europe regulate e-cigarettes through their preexisting laws on tobacco. The U.S., Canada, and Argentina all have restrictions in place regulating the use and sale of e-cigarettes. Despite regulations and bans in various countries, most of the world does not have any specific laws on the books regarding e-cigarette sales and use.