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Juul to halt sales of most flavored vaping pods in Canada

Juul Labs Inc. will stop selling its mango-, vanilla-, fruit- and cucumber-flavored e-cigarette pods in Canada, CBC News reported Jan. 14, citing a company spokesperson.

The San Francisco-based e-cigarette maker will not pull out existing supplies of these items but will not replenish depleted stock and will stop producing them, the report said.

Tobacco- and mint-flavored vaping pods will remain available in the country, the report said.

Juul Labs Canada General Manager Michael Nederhoff reportedly told retailers and distributors about the move in a letter, saying they are pulling out the products now but could later reintroduce them to the market "under the guidance and regulation of Health Canada."

Juul did not immediately respond to S&P Global Market Intelligence's request for comment.

The move comes as Health Canada, the country's health department, explores the possibility of implementing tighter regulations on the vaping industry. The agency is looking to restrict vaping advertisements and promotions in a bid to prevent e-cigarette use among youth and non-tobacco users.

In the U.S., Juul has become the subject of regulatory scrutiny as its products were found to be linked to youth vaping and a number of lung illnesses.

The company suspended sales of its non-tobacco, non-menthol-based flavors on its U.S. website in October last year amid a U.S. Food Drug and Administration review on the sale of flavored e-cigarette products. The company had already banned the sale of such products in retail stores in 2018.

It then halted sales of its mint-flavored pods, known as Mint JUULpods, in the U.S. after a study by the American Medical Association showed widespread use of e-cigarette products among high school and middle school students.