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Court blocks NJ company from selling vaping products in Arizona

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s attorney general has obtained an injunction against a New Jersey-based vaping company he recently sued that bars the company from marketing or selling any of its products in the state.

The injunction against Eonsmoke was announced by Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday.

Brnovich sued Eonsmoke and e-cigarette giant Juul Labs last month, saying they violated state consumer fraud laws and targeted youth with their products. The lawsuit said that while Juul Labs suspended its flavored nicotine product marketing, Eonsmoke doubled down on its efforts to sell its flavored vape cartridges.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Eonsmoke in an October 2019 letter that 96 of its flavored vaping products were illegal under federal law.

The preliminary injunction issued by a judge in Phoenix bars Eonsmoke from marketing or selling its products in Arizona. It also requires the company to contact retailers, tell them to stop selling any of the company’s products and orders Eonsmoke to remove all its vaping cartridges up for sale in the state.

Eonsmoke hasn’t responded to emailed requests for comment.

Juul has stopped all advertising of flavored products and stopped accepting orders.

The lawsuit filed in January says both companies targeted young people and contributed to an explosion of vaping use among teens. Several other states have filed similar lawsuits. The lawsuits seek the return of profits from both companies and a $10,000 fine per violation of the state Consumer Fraud Act.

Brnovich said he is committed to combating youth vaping.

“Speak to any parent of a high school or middle school student and they will tell you teen vaping is an epidemic,” Brnovich said in a statement. “Millions are hooked on nicotine, enticed by youth-friendly flavors and youth-targeted advertising. Those selling illegal products must be held accountable.”

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