RALEIGH, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - E-cigs are popular smoking devices among young people, and now the state of North Carolina is going after one of the largest manufacturers of the devices.
The investigation launched by the Attorney General’s office focuses on Juul. It asks for more information on how the company markets its e-cigs to young people.
The investigation also focuses on how the company verifies someone's age when they are buying its product as well as any education programs it has to keep young people from trying e-cigs.
The CDC says 3.7 million teenagers use electronic cigarettes. That's up from just over two million last year. NC Attorney General Josh Stein says many of those teens are now addicted.
"I have two close friends who have teenage boys. Both boys became addicted to Juuls in middle school. They each had to go to medical doctors in order to kick their addiction, one of the young man had to take Nicorette gum to deal with their addiction.” Stein said.
Juul is the largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes. It controls about 70 percent of the market. In a statement, Juul says it wants to work with officials to keep e-cigs out of the hands of young people.