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Juul Pumps $11.5 Million Into San Francisco Vaping Initiative

Sept. 25, 2019, 9:20 PM

Juul Labs Inc. has contributed $11.5 million to a tobacco industry-fueled November ballot initiative in its hometown of San Francisco that opponents say is an end-run around the city’s ban on e-cigarettes.

Juul is the largest contributor so far to the Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation, the group behind the ballot drive. In the past week, it kicked in $7 million, bringing to $11.5 million its total donation, according to filings posted as of Sept. 25 by the San Francisco Ethics Commission.

Juul says the initiative is designed to discourage underage consumption of electronic cigarettes. Marlboro maker Altria Group...

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