King County reaches e-cigarette settlement against Juul

Apr 26, 2023, 1:51 PM | Updated: 2:12 pm


A woman smokes an e-cigarette which uses a heating element to convert a nicotine solution into an aerosol that is then inhaled by the user.(Photo by Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images)

(Photo by Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images)

King County has reached a settlement in its lawsuit against e-cigarette company Juul Labs, Inc. over youth vaping and nicotine addiction.

“This settlement will support programs that prevent youth tobacco and vapor product use and provide resources for those already using these products to quit,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

The outcome is part of a global settlement with Juul Labs, Inc. The legal wrangling has gone on for three years. Financial details of the settlement were not released.

The settlement resolves numerous cases brought by government entity plaintiffs, including school districts, cities, and counties.

“There’s no higher priority than the health and well-being of our kids, and we can’t let the progress we’ve made be threatened by persistent youth nicotine use,” said Constantine.

Resources from the settlement will assist in tobacco prevention and cessation efforts locally. Activities will focus on changing policies, systems, and environments to deter tobacco use, tailored to community needs.

More than 54% of voters approve King County Crisis Care Center levy

“The investments we make from this settlement will pay off for lifetimes in less illness, suffering, and deaths from preventable diseases caused by tobacco and nicotine use,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, Director for Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Juul Labs is an American e-cigarette company, which uses a heating element to convert a nicotine solution into an aerosol that is then inhaled by the user.

These settlements do not release claims against Altria Group, Inc. or its related companies that are also defendants in federal or state litigation.

Local News

molly moon's chop...

Sam Campbell

Molly Moon’s suing City of Seattle over losses from CHOP

Local ice cream maker Molly Moon's is suing the City of Seattle for losses it claims came from CHOP in the summer of 2020.

1 day ago

UW graduation traffic...

Nate Connors

Expect traffic in U-District for UW graduation ceremony Saturday

Expect heavy traffic on State Route 520 near Montlake, I-5 towards 520, and surface streets around Husky Stadium for UW graduation.

1 day ago

carbon auction...

Frank Sumrall

WA’s second carbon auction nets $500M, gas prices could jump

Washington held its second carbon emission auction to allow gas and oil companies to bid for a limited amount of carbon emission allowances.

1 day ago

kate scott play-by-play seahawks...

Frank Sumrall

Kate Scott to call TV play-by-play for Seattle Seahawks preseason

Kate Scott has officially joined the Seahawks' booth as the team's newest play-by-play announcer for the preseason, replacing Curt Menefee.

1 day ago

flowers alcohol license...

Frank Sumrall

U-District bar ‘Flowers’ loses alcohol license after serving minors

Flowers in Seattle's University District can no longer serve alcohol after its liquor license was suspended.

1 day ago

Disney World...

Heather Bosch

Disney brings ‘Pride’ to Seattle Men’s Chorus

Disney has teamed up with the Seattle Men's Chorus for a Pride concert at Seattle's Paramount Theater this weekend.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Education families...

Education that meets the needs of students, families

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a program of Omak School District that is a full-time online public school for students in grades K-12.

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

Men's Health Month...

Men’s Health Month: Why It’s Important to Speak About Your Health

June is Men’s Health Month, with the goal to raise awareness about men’s health and to encourage men to speak about their health.

Internet Washington...

Major Internet Upgrade and Expansion Planned This Year in Washington State

Comcast is investing $280 million this year to offer multi-gigabit Internet speeds to more than four million locations.

King County reaches e-cigarette settlement against Juul