“Mr. Breja detailed a culture of indifference to safety and quality-control issues among top executives at the company and quoted the then-chief executive Kevin Burns saying at a meeting in February: ‘Half our customers are drunk and vaping’ and wouldnʼt ‘notice the quality of our pods.'”

Statistics reveal that since 2011, teenagers have been smoking less but vaping more. In early 2019 reports of lung damage linked to vaping began reaching experts. By August there were 193 recognized cases. This rose to 2,291 who were hospitalized and 48 who died by early December.1 The latest numbers do not include those who became sick but were not hospitalized.



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