Latest Marketing to children News

First lady calls for end of e-cigarette marketing to youth

Oct. 7, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Melania Trump said Monday that companies "must stop" marketing e-cigarettes to children, saying they are addictive and dangerous. Marketing tobacco products to kids is already prohibited in the United States, and Juul Labs Inc., the nation's largest maker of electronic cigarettes, has...

Juul stops e-cigarette ads as teen vaping, illnesses grow

Sep. 25, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs Inc. will stop advertising its electronic cigarettes in the U.S. and replace its chief executive as mysterious breathing illnesses and an explosion in teen vaping have triggered efforts to crack down on the largely unregulated industry. The nation's largest e-cigarette maker and...

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

Sep. 20, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

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...

Michigan bans flavored e-cigarettes a day after New York

Sep. 18, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes on Wednesday, the latest state to act following hundreds of serious breathing issues in people using vaping devices that prompted a federal investigation. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the ban was effective...

Illinois lawsuit filed against top e-cigarette maker

Sep. 13, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois teenager who fell ill with a lung disease after vaping for over a year sued a leading e-cigarette maker on Friday, accusing it of deliberately marketing to young people and sending the message that vaping is cool. Attorneys filed a lawsuit in Lake County Circuit Court on behalf...

Michigan to become 1st state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Sep. 4, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved Wednesday to make her state the first to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to "hook children on nicotine." The Democrat ordered the state health department to issue emergency...

YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids' privacy law

Sep. 4, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations its YouTube video service collected personal data on children without their parents' consent. The company agreed to work with video creators to label material aimed at kids and said it will limit data collection when users view such...

AP Explains: How YouTube is changing what it shows kids

Sep. 4, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

YouTube is changing what it shows kids. The new business practices, along with $170 million in fines , settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and New York state that YouTube owner Google violated children's online privacy by collecting personal data without parents' permission. Some of the new...

The Latest: FTC official disputes criticism of Google fine

Sep. 4, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. fine against YouTube (all times local): 3 p.m. A Federal Trade Commission official is disputing criticism that the FTC's $170 million fine of Google is too small. FTC consumer protection director Andrew Smith says the penalty is historic, although critics are...

Juul Labs facing scrutiny from federal and state officials

Aug. 30, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With e-cigarette giant Juul Labs facing a mounting number of state and federal investigations into its marketing and sales practices, a top Trump administration official pledged Friday to use all of the government's regulatory and enforcement power "to stop the epidemic of youth...