February 14, 2020

Around the nation: Massachusetts AG claims Juul purchased ad space on websites for kids

Daily Briefing

    The allegations challenge Juul's claims that it never intentionally targeted kids or teenagers with its advertising, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

    • Massachusetts: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit claiming Juul Labs from 2015 through 2016 bought ad space on websites for kids, including the websites for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Seventeen magazine. The allegations challenge Juul's claims that it never intentionally targeted kids or teenagers with its advertising. A spokesperson for Juul in a statement said the company has "not yet reviewed the complaint" but will "wor[k] cooperatively with attorneys general, regulators, public health officials … to combat underage use" (Kirkham, Reuters, 2/12).

    • Rhode Island: CVS Health plans to invest more than $75 million in 2020 to address housing insecurity. The company in 2019 invested $67 million to create more than 2,200 houses in six states for people with chronic illness, victims of domestic violence, and people experiencing homelessness (Anderson, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/11; Cheney, HealthLeaders Media, 2/11).

    • Pennsylvania: Trinity Health's Mercy Philadelphia Hospital on Wednesday announced it will end inpatient services after more than 100 years of service. A spokesperson from Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic said the system has "come to the financial realization that [the hospital] simply cannot continue operating in an acute-care capacity over the long term." The spokesperson did not provide a timeline for the closure (Chang/Smith, NBC, 2/12).

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