E-cigarette manufacturer released a new e-cigarette which will monitor its user data, including when and where they vape, according to The Financial Times.
The Juul C1, which has just been rolled out in Canada and the U.K., also connects to facial recognition software in order to verify the user’s age, in an effort to deter vaping among underage consumers.
“The objective of us designing this product was not for us to collect data per se,” said Juul’s Dan Thomson. “It was to be able to give data to customers.”
As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to crack down on e-cigarettes, Juul has been working on ways to stop the use of its products among minors, including a secret shopper program, age verification technology and purchase restrictions on its website.
“Juul Labs is committed to preventing underage use of Juul products through technological solutions, which is why we are developing an end-to-end tracking system to better understand how our products are getting into the hands of minors,” Juul Senior Communications Manager Ted Kwong told Gizmodo.
With the C1, Juul plans to do more to limit use of its products among and around teenagers and children, including geofencing features which will prevent vaping in public areas and schools.