House panel opens probe into e-cigarette firms

House panel opens probe into e-cigarette firms

FILE PHOTO: Juul brand vaping pens are seen for sale in a shop in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., February 6, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce said on Wednesday it is launching a probe into the four dominant e-cigarette manufacturers, seeking information on the firms’ research into the public health impacts, marketing practices and promotion of their use by adolescents.

The committee sent letters to Juul Labs Inc, 35% owned by Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc (MO.N), Fontem Ventures, Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T), and Reynolds American Inc, a unit of British American Tobacco Plc (BATS.L).

Representative Frank Pallone, the Democratic chair of the committee, cited vaping-related lung illnesses recently reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He requested answers and documents by Sept. 20.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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