In California, federal prosecutors have launched a criminal probe into Juul Labs, the hugely 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 U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, according to Journal .
Juul has faced a number of legal challenges in recent months, as government outrage is growing over hundreds of e-cigarette related illnesses, including seven deaths.
A number of federal authorities are already investigating Juul. The Federal Trade Commission and a few state attorneys general focus on the company's marketing practices and whether they intentionally attempted to target minors. The Food and Drug Administration is also actively investigating Juul, but little is known about the investigation.
The U.S. surgeon general stated that gunfire among minors was an epidemic last year, and organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned people to stop using e-cigarettes as concerns about gun-induced illnesses have grown. .
There is also a looming federal ban on tasty weapons products in general. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced that his administration would try to ban flavor vapors through the FDA, even though the agency has not yet set out to create regulations for the ban. "Not only is it a problem in general, but really specifically with respect for children," Trump said at the time. "We may have to do something very, very strong with it."
Juul did not immediately respond to a request for comment.