According to foreign reports, Juul, an American head e-cigarettes brand, plans to open a new research site in the triangle Research Park in North Carolina.
A company spokesman said that the new Institute is expected to create 35 full-time jobs.
"We will continue to strive to win the trust of key stakeholders, including local officials, because we have increased the potential to reduce the harm of adult smokers while combating juvenile smoking," Juul said in a statement
In June, Juul resolved a lawsuit filed by North Carolina attorney general Josh Stein, who accused the company of promoting its products to young people. Juul agreed to pay $40 million, but denied wrongdoing or responsibility.
North Carolina was the first state to take legal action against Juul.
At least 13 states, including California, Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia, have filed similar lawsuits. In each case, the most important thing is that Juul knows, or should know, that it uses smoke bombs containing high concentrations of nicotine to attract teenagers.
A lawsuit against Juul by the Wake County public school system in North Carolina is currently ongoing.
According to the U.S. Federal Drug Administration, in 2020, the use of e-cigarettes by high school students and junior middle school students decreased by 19.6% and 4.7% respectively. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention believes nicotine can damage teenagers' brain development.