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Juul To Stop Selling Fruity Flavored E-Cigarettes In America

(CBS4/CNN) -- Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs will stop selling several flavored products in the United States, the company announced Thursday. Only tobacco, mint and menthol flavors will remain for sale. Meanwhile, Juul's mango, creme, fruit and cucumber flavors have already been removed from the online store -- which was the only place the company sold these products directly to 21-and-up consumers in the United States after it pulled them from retail locations late last year.

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Electronic cigarettes and pods by Juul (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Children and teens vaping is considered an epidemic in Colorado. The state has the highest rates of youth usage in the nation. Advocates for the bans say flavors appeal to kids and minimize how harmful and addictive vapes are perceived to be, but opponents say they're an important tool in getting adults to switch over from combustible cigarettes.

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These flavored pods will continue to be sold abroad.

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An employee at Lucky Juju, holds a JUUL vape in his hand. (Staff photo by Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Juul's new CEO, K.C. Crosthwaite, said he hopes the move builds trust in the vaping industry: "We must reset the vapor category by earning the trust of society and working cooperatively with regulators, policymakers, and stakeholders to combat underage use while providing an alternative to adult smokers."

This latest move comes after the Trump Administration announced the US Food and Drug Administration would issue guidance that would remove flavors from the market, including mint and menthol. It also comes amid efforts to ban the sale of flavored products in some states.

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The company will continue to sell tobacco, mint and menthol pods in US retail locations and online, but Juul will "continue to review our policies and practices in advance of FDA's flavor guidance and have not made any final decisions," according to a Juul spokesperson. "We are refraining from lobbying the Administration on its draft flavor guidance and will fully support and comply with the final policy when effective."

Juul also recently announced it was suspending all broadcast, print and digital product advertising in the US.

Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said Juul's announcement "shows that it hasn't changed one bit under its new leadership and isn't serious about preventing youth use."

"This announcement shows why the Trump Administration must stand up to pressure from Juul and Altria and move forward with its plan to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market, including mint and menthol -- as the Administration said it would do in its September 11 announcement."

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(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. CNN contributed to this report.)

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