AG Healey secures $ 51 million settlement with e-cigarette retailer

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that her office had secured a $ 51 million settlement with an e-cigarette retailer and her co-owners, she said, were selling vaping products to consumers. minors.

These products included electronic nicotine devices, e-liquids and nicotine pods.

The settlement also ordered the retailer, Eonsmoke, to no longer sell, distribute, market or advertise a tobacco product to consumers in Massachusetts.

Attorney General Healey accused Eonsmoke of failing to verify the ages of young people when selling his products online and of failing to ensure product shipments were received by someone 21 or older.

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“Eonsmoke coordinated a campaign that intentionally targeted young people and sold dangerous and addicting vaping products directly to minors through its website,” Healey said in a statement. “We were the first to take action against this business and its owners, and today we hold them accountable and permanently stop them from carrying out these illegal practices in our state.”

Eonsmoke CEO Michael Tolmach, who was also accused in the lawsuit, told the Boston Globe in 2019, that the company was cooperating with Healey’s office because he was also concerned about youth vaping.

“[We] have taken some of the most aggressive steps by anyone in the industry to tackle youth use, including ceasing sales to the state on our website, cleaning up our social media channels, and enforcing strict verification of age online, ”Tolmach told The Globe.

In November 2019, Massachusetts banned the sale of flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and e-liquids, becoming the first state in the country to do so.

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