A Los Angeles judge banned Kandypens from marketing its electronic cigarette products to teens and children and ordered the vaping company to pay a $1.2 million penalty for its past marketing to minors, the Los Angeles city attorney announced Monday.
The $1.2M penalty includes $600,000 under the STAKE Act, $300,000 under the state’s Unfair Competition Law and $300,000 under Prop 65.
For the next four years, Kandypens Inc. must comply with California’s Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act and Proposition 65, and it must produce reports illustrating its compliance with those laws. In addition, the company will be restricted from marketing its vaping and e-cigarette products to minors.
The judge said the requested penalty is proportional to Kandypens’ misconduct, saying it was “serious, persisted for multiple years and directly worsened the public health of Californians.”
Kandypens can also afford the penalty, finding that it earned gross profits of about $5 million each in 2018 and 2019, and $3 million in the first half of 2020.