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Arizona gets $22.5M judgment and injunction against vape company

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PHOENIX — Arizona has obtained a $22.5 million judgment against a vaping company for selling illegal products and targeting youth in the state, Attorney General Mark Bronovich announced in a press release on Friday.

Eonsmoke, LLC., made half a million dollars of revenue in Arizona since August of 2016 selling products that were not approved by the FDA, according to the judgment.

It is also said in the judgment that the company targeted youth through social media and by selling flavored pods.

“Eonsmoke is being held accountable for its unlawful conduct in Arizona, including marketing flavored vaping pods to children,” Brnovich said in the release.

Brnovich in January also sued company JUUL Labs for marketing vaping products and pods to Arizona’s youth, saying both JUUL and Eonsmoke “contributed to the vaping epidemic that’s infiltrated our schools and are creating addiction problems for youth throughout the state.”

As part of the final judgment against the Eonsmoke, the company can’t sell or market products in Arizona and must pay nearly $22 million in civil penalties, $511,000 in disgorgement of revenues and $50,000 in attorney’s fees.

The Attorney General’s Office in the release warned retailers the company’s products are now illegal and said it will continue to monitor Eonsmoke’s presence in the state to ensure compliance.

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