Juul bought ads on CartoonNetwork.com, NickJr.com, other kid sites, suit says

Popular e-cigarette maker Juul intentionally and egregiously tailored its marketing to appeal to underage youth, according to a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on February 12. The lawsuit lands as public health officials across the nation are still grappling with an explosion in e-cigarette use by youth, which the Food and Drug Administration has referred to as an “epidemic.” Between 2011 and 2019, recent use of e-cigarettes by middle schoolers increased from 0.6 percent to 10.5 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For high schoolers, use increased from 1.5 percent to 27.5 percent in that timeframe. That means that by 2019, more than 1 in every 4 high school students said they had used e-cigarettes within the last 30-days from the time of the survey. Overall, 5.4 million middle and high school students reported use of e-cigarettes in 2019, a leap up from 3.6 million in 2018, according to the CDC. While there were several e-cigarette makers with questionable appeal to youth, Juul has drawn the fiercest criticism—and several other state lawsuits. Juul is by far the leading brand of e-cigarettes in the US and clearly ha...

Green industry news from Cat, John Deere, Doosan, and more

Cat recently introduced the 299D2XHP Land Management compact track loader for customers involved in demanding vegetation-management applications, such as mulching, brush-cutting, vegetation control and mowing. The company says this machine delivers the advantages of efficiency and economy in specific applications including site preparation, utility right-of-way clearing, vegetation management for fire prevention, railroad maintenance-of-way, agriculture and forestry. With a Cat C3.8 engine, the company says the machine is rated at 110 gross horsepower and combines with its high-flow/high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic system for a calculated hydraulic-horsepower rating of 94. Cat says the machine has a 58.1-gallon fuel tank, which is 80 percent larger than the tank on standard 299D2 XHP models, and it is estimated to have a run time of 11 to 12 hours. The company says it is also factory-equipped with seal and cover components designed to restrict debris and other material from entering the engine compartment and lower frame. Cat adds that the debris deflector channels any material created by rotating attachments away from the front of the cab for added safety. Additionally, certa...