Juul Labs sought to court Illinois Attorney General as teen vaping surged

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s largest electronic-cigarette company, Juul Labs, attempted to donate $3,000 to the campaign of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul in 2018. Raouls office rejected the donation. The contributions were part of an effort to build relationships with officials in many states and potentially head off legal challenges over how Juul promoted and sold its vaping products. But the company’s approach may be backfiring. Thirty-nine states announced late last month that they’ll investigate whether Juul’s early viral marketing efforts illegally targeted teens and made misleading claims about the nicotine levels in its devices.