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FDA to ban Juul e-cigarettes in the US: report 

The Food and Drug Administration is set to ban Juul e-cigarettes from being sold in the United States, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the FDA could announce the decision as soon as today.

The agency had been investigating Juul for the past two years while the company sought approval to continue selling its nicotine pods.

Juul’s ban will clear the way for rivals Reynolds American and NJOY Holdings to continue selling e-cigarettes, 

Juul landed in hot water some four years ago when its flavored e-cigarettes, which were touted at the time as a carcinogen-free and healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, were being blamed for a surge in youth vaping.

The company tried to appease federal regulators by banning their sweet and fruit-flavored products.

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed in the US against the company, which was accused of targeting underage smokers with their flavored products.

Since its e-cigs and other similar vaping products came to market, scores of people have died and thousands have been hospitalized nationwide for various lung ailments that medical and health officials blame on vaping.

Health advocacy groups like the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have lobbied the FDA to bar Juul from selling its products.

It is unclear if the FDA plans to move against other e-cigarette brands.

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