A non electrical cigarette. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
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Federal health officials Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators.The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a monthlong operation against illegal sales of Juul to children. Like other e-cigarettes, Juul is an electronic device that turns liquid -- usually containing nicotine -- into an inhalable vapor.A recent government-commissioned report found "substantial evidence" that young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try cigarettes.Juul sales have exploded over the past two years, accounting for 55 percent of the U.S. market for e-cigarettes, according to recent industry figures.A Juul "starter kit" can be ordered online for $49.99 .Myers' group contends that Juul and several other e-cigarette companies have recently launched new flavors and varieties without seeking FDA authorization.
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