>> Working to reduce a surge of teenage vaping. E-cigarette maker JUUL said it will pull popular fruity flavors, such as mango and cucumber, from retail stores. On Tuesday, the company said it will temporarily stop selling flavors except for tobacco, mint and menthol in all retail outlets. That's until technology is put in place to scan buyer's IDs and ensure they are over the age of 21.
The move by JUUL coming amid heightened scrutiny from the FDA. In September, the FDA threatened to ban JUUL and four other e-cigarette products. Unless the companies took steps to prevent underage use, that compliance period has now ended. JUUL said Tuesday, it is shutting down its social media channels on Facebook and Instagram.
And is working to remove unauthorized youth-oriented content on their platforms. Despite pulling the plug on retail stores, JUUL said its sweet, fruit-flavored pods can still be purchased on their website. Which uses an age verification system to screen customers.