Juul's 'switch' campaign for smokers draws new scrutiny

A woman exhales a puff of vapor from a Juul pen in Vancouver, Wash. File/AP

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A major e-cigarette manufacturer has announced plans to expand operations to South Carolina.

Gov. Henry McMaster's office said in a news release Monday that JUUL Labs Inc. plans to invest more than $125 million to build a new assembly facility in Lexington County. JUUL is expected to create more than 500 new jobs.

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The company plans to open the assembly and packaging operation center in Lexington this summer. JUUL says a third party will be operating the facility.

CEO Kevin Burns says JUUL launched in 2015 and was established to help adult smokers make the switch from combustible cigarettes.

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