The federal prosecutors in California, have reportedly started a criminal probe into Juul Labs, the immensely popular e-cigarette manufacturer, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The focus of the probe is unclear, but the investigation is being led by the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, reports the Wall Street Journal.
A number of federal authorities are already investigating Juul. The Federal Trade Commission and a few state attorneys general are focusing on the company’s marketing practices and whether they purposefully sought to target minors. The Food and Drug Administration is also actively probing Juul Labs, but little is known about its investigation.
There’s also a looming federal ban on flavored vaping products generally.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced that his administration would seek to ban flavored vapes through the FDA, although the agency has yet to issue rule-making for the ban. .
Trump Said: “Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically with respect for children. We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it.”