E-cigarette company Juul says it is relinquishing its fight to overturn an anti-vaping law passed in San Francisco earlier this year.
The Yes on C Campaign
Juul was the primary funding source for the campaign to vote “yes” on Prop C, a law that would legalize the sale of vaping-related products to adults in San Francisco.
In a related statement, the Yes on C campaign said, “based on that news, we have made the decision not to continue on with the campaign.”
This statement was followed by one from newly appointed Juul CEO K.C. Crosthwaite who says, “I am committed to seeing that JUUL engages productively with all stakeholders, including regulators, policymakers and our customers. This decision does not change the fact that as a San Francisco-founded and headquartered company we remain committed to the city.”
The No on Prop C Campaign
But, those who oppose are skeptical. Larry Tramutola, who directs the No on Prop C campaign, points to the $7 million warchest Juul and Yes on C has yet to spend.
“This could very well be yet another of a series of lies and exaggerations from Juul and Big Tobacco. Until they return the $7 million unspent dollars that is in their political account, until they suspend their mail, their advertising, their paid phone calls and lay off their consultants we do not believe them,” Tramutola said in a statement.
Even though Yes on C has said they are suspending the campaign, Tramutola and others remain concerned because the choice will remain on the ballot in November.
We will keep you updated as this story progresses.
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