Why E-cigarette Maker Juul May Open Its Own Stores in Dallas and Houston

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs is considering opening its own stores in the U.S. and is looking first at Dallas and Houston where smoking rates are apparently high.Juul's decision to possibly open stores was first reported Thursday by The Wall Street Journal which quoted sources saying it hasn't yet made a final decision.The company has come under pressure about its sweet and fruity flavors, which appeal to younger ages. Juul stores would only admit adults, the WSJ reported.The decision comes as the legal smoking age is rising.The Texas Legislature this month passed a bill raising the smoking age in Texas from 18 to 21, except for military personnel. Gov. Greg Abbott hasn't yet signed the bill.Retailers also are responding to heightened concerns about underage use of tobacco by raising the purchase age in its Walmart and Sam's Club stores to 21.Walmart's ban goes into effect July 1 and includes e-cigarettes.Twitter: @MariaHalkias  Continue reading...

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