The Altria agreement said Juul is "more interested in raising his profit margins than in protecting our nation's children," says the letter, signed by Democrats such as Dick Durbin of Illinois, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. and Elizabeth Warren of Mbadachusetts.
"Altria has a long and sordid history of spending billions to attract children to smoke through targeted campaigns that intentionally lied about the effects on the science and health of cigarettes," the letter says.
The move comes when Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who took a strong stand against vaping minors as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. UU., He retired on Friday, which generated doubts about the aggressiveness with which the agency will continue with the issue under new leadership.
"Acting commissioner of the FDA [Dr. Ned] Sharpless must, on the first day, work to protect our nation's children from a lifelong nicotine addiction, putting the full force of the FDA behind this effort, "Durbin said in a statement.
"An epidemic must be treated immediately, not within months or years," he said.
The company's response to the letter, addressed to its CEO, Kevin Burns, is requested before April 25.
Juul also said that his agreement with Altria "will help us change adult smokers of the combustible cigarettes by helping us to have our product in their hands," for example, by including the Juul inserts in the cigarette packs.
Juul has argued that his products are intended to convert former adult smokers into what he describes as a less harmful alternative. But following the agreement with Altria, say the senators, Juul "has lost the little credibility that was left to the company when he said he was concerned about public health."
"While you and your investors can be perfectly happy to connect a whole new generation of children to your tobacco products to increase your profit margins," the letter says, "we will not rest until your dangerous products are out of your hands. of the children of our nation. "