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Alibaba To Stop Sales Of E-Cigarettes To U.S. Buyers

Juul has sued to keep online sellers from hawking counterfeits

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is suspending sales of e-cigarettes and accessories to buyers in the U.S., citing concerns about underage vaping and a mysterious lung illness that has been linked to at least 23 deaths.

sprawling black market for vaping products has complicated efforts of U.S. health officials to combat the two health crises. Many of the lung illness cases have involved cartridges that were purchased from informal sources, such as friends or illicit dealers, and that contained THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

Juul Labs Inc., the e-cigarette market leader, has sued to stop online sellers from hawking counterfeits and said it has tracked many knockoffs to China. It also has taken legal actions against makers of unauthorized Juul-compatible pods that have flooded the U.S. market with child-friendly flavors such as rainbow drops and grape soda.

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