New York City to Receive $27 million from Juul Settlement

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New York City to Receive $27 million from Juul Settlement
New York City receives $27 million from Juul Labs settlement, part of larger $462 million nationwide agreement.

According to a report from Yahoo News on June 13th, New York City will receive $27 million from a settlement agreement with Juul Labs.


In April of this year, the company was ordered to pay a total of $4.62 billion in damages, with the City of New York receiving $1.127 billion as part of the total compensation from e-cigarette settlements in the state. Additionally, five other states, including California and Illinois, as well as the District of Columbia, will also receive a portion of the compensation.


New York State Governor Letitia James sued Juul Labs in 2019 for deceptive and misleading marketing. She announced on Wednesday that the funds from the settlement will be used for education, prevention, and research and enforcement projects aimed at preventing children and young people from smoking.


In New York City, the majority of the funding received (14.9 million US dollars) will be used for schools. It is not yet clear how the remaining funds will be used by the administration of Mayor Eric Leroy Adams, but it is expected that they may be used for law enforcement efforts and public health research. Deputy Mayor Fabien Levy says that there are restrictions on how the money can be used, with permissible options including preventing e-cigarette use, smoking cessation, and law enforcement.


One possible use of the funds is to handle seized e-cigarette products.


City Councilmember Gale Brewer pointed out on Wednesday that handling these products remains a challenge due to the associated costs.


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