Panic over vaping illness has so far resulted in bans and limitations placed on the sale of vape products in several states. Many of the cases have been linked to vaping THC, especially an illicit, grey-market product called “Dank Vapes,” which was available on Amazon. Amazon has stopped carrying Dank Vapes, although it may still be available elsewhere.
As of October 25 there were three were confirmed cases of vaping illness in Canada, with several others under investigation.
China has banned online sales of e-cigarettes in the latest blow for the nascent vaping industry, which has come under intensifying scrutiny around the globe.
All websites and apps selling e-cigarettes should be shut down and all online marketing campaigns halted, according to a statement by the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration and State Administration for Market Regulation on Friday. The measures are aimed at protecting adolescents from vaping, it said.
Just four years ago, Juul launched an ad campaign called Vaporized, featuring young people—women in crop tops and puckered lips, men in fitted black tees and swooping haircuts—against popping colored backgrounds next to its slim e-cigarettes. It was the beginning of the company’s rapid ascent. When tobacco company Altria took a 35% stake in Juul less than a year ago, the company was valued at $38 billion. But its fall from grace is happening far quicker.