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Court says Juul can keep selling vaping devices — for now

A federal court has put a temporary hold on the government's order for Juul to stop selling its vaping devices and cartridges.

The e-cigarette maker filed an emergency motion asking the court to pause what it calls an “extraordinary and unlawful action” to immediately halt its business by the Food and Drug Administration.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington granted the request on Friday. A day earlier, the FDA said Juul must stop selling its products, explaining that Juul did not provide enough information for officials to evaluate the potential health risks of its e-cigarettes.

According to JoAnna Strother, the senior director of the American Lung Association, nearly 21% of Arizona high schoolers use tobacco.

“Juul is largely responsible for the e-vaping epidemic, where it’s used the same tactics as major cigarette companies to pry on our youth including the appealing flavors, the deep priced discounts, youth-focused marketing campaigns and high levels of nicotine that of course addicts them,” Strother said.

Strother added that cutting nicotine to a non-addictive level is an important step to help reduce death and disease caused by tobacco products.

Associated Press contributed to this story.

Scott Daniels was an intern at KJZZ in 2022.