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2 vaping companies settle LA suit, won't sell to minors

Posted at 6:47 AM, Sep 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 09:47:58-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two vaping companies have agreed not to promote their products to minors under a settlement with Los Angeles prosecutors.

The city attorney's office announced a lawsuit settlement Friday with NEwhere Inc. and VapeCo Distribution LLC. The LA-based companies also will pay $350,000 in fines.

LA accused the firms of using marketing that promotes youth consumption of tobacco and selling vaping products online without proper age verification.

City Attorney Mike Feuer says members of his office posed as 15-year-olds and were able to buy nicotine products.

Under the settlement, the companies can't advertise on media platforms directed to minors, sponsor music or sports events and their advertising can't use "celebrities, influencers or models" under 30 or those who have large youth followings.

Legal action continues against a third company, Kandypens.