From smashing pods to slamming the Biden administration, here’s how the internet reacts to the FDA’s Juul ban so far

  • On Thursday, the FDA announced a ban on Juul Labs e-cigarettes from the US market.
  • People concerned about Juul’s role in the rise of vaping among young people celebrated the decision.

Social media users reacted Thursday to the FDA’s ban on Juul e-cigarettes across multiple platforms. While some celebrated the ban, others described how Juul allowed them to quit smoking cigarettes and ultimately improved their health.

“Actually genuinely pissed off about this Juul ban”, Twitter user Evan Caris wrote Thursday. “I haven’t smoked a cigarette for years because of them.”

Juul’s mission, according to its website, is to “take the world’s billion adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes, eliminate their use and combat the use of our products by minors.”

However, the company has come under fire in recent years for its “disproportionate role in the rise of youth vaping,” as described by the FDA. In 2019, an investigation by a House subcommittee found that Juul had “deliberately targeted” teens and children in marketing its products to become the nation’s largest seller of e-cigarettes.

“We respectfully disagree with the FDA’s findings and decision and continue to believe that we have provided sufficient information and data based on high-quality research to address all of the issues raised by the agency,” said Joe Murillo, Chief Regulatory Officer at Juul Labs, in a statement. pronunciation.

From stocking up on Juul capsules to discussing nicotine alternatives, here’s how the internet has reacted to the ban so far:

Adult tobacco users say Juul helped them quit smoking

According to a 2019 study by Tobacco Control, an international peer-reviewed journal focused on tobacco use, only 3% of tobacco users have used Juul products to quit smoking traditional cigarettes.

That same year, a clinical trial that Juul presented to the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco found that switching from smoking cigarettes to vaping Juul reduced exposure to cigarette toxins at nearly the same level as stopping completely, CNBC reported.

Some argued that the Biden administration should focus on other things

As the US continues to grapple with gun violence, mass shootings and record inflation, many people said vaping should not be a priority of the Biden administration right now.

Around the same time that the FDA banned Juul products on Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected a New York gun law requiring gun owners to give a “proper reason” for carrying concealed weapons in public.

Users discuss vaping alternatives and stock up on Juul pods

After the Juul ban, people wondered why other e-cigarette products were still allowed in US stores. On Reddit, a subthread within r/Juul discussed alternative devices and pods in light of the announcement. Other people stocked up on Juul products before the ban could be enforced.

“I just went to buy some Juul capsules out of curiosity, and the cashier told me I was the third person in the store this morning,” tweeted Alex Norcia, as first reported by the New York Post.

“I’m hoping to pass a duty-free shop on my way home from Germany in an effort to buy as many JUUL pods as possible,” another user tweeted in answer.

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