Jessi Starkey Biography
Jessi Starkey is an American news Reporter/Weekend Anchor at WCHS. She is a former Huntington reporter for Eyewitness News. Jessi started her career as a multimedia journalist at WRDE Coast TV in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
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The news reporter is a proud graduate of Marshall University.
Jessi Starkey Career
Starkey is a Charleston-area reporter and weekend anchor. She is a former Huntington reporter for Eyewitness News. She is an eastern panhandle native and proud graduate of Marshall University.
Jessi began her career as a multimedia journalist at WRDE Coast TV in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. When not running around with a camera or sticking a microphone in someone’s face, you can find her singing, dancing and hopefully making people laugh. Today as a journalist at WCHS-TV she reports, anchor, and produce newscasts.
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Published: Friday, August 16th, 2019
BY: JESSI STARKEY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — A class-action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Charleston against electronic cigarette company JUUL and two other companies, claiming they targeted teenagers and pre-teens with their addictive nicotine products. The lawsuit was filed by Preston and Salango PLLC against JUUL Labs, Inc., Altria Group, Inc., and Philip Morris USA, Inc. Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. In the suit, a mother claims her 16-year-old became addicted to electronic cigarettes, and these companies specifically targeted teenagers in their marketing plan.
Kanawha County parent Ron Reeves said he has noticed a drastic increase in young people ‘JUULing’ or using electronic cigarettes. “It really scares me,” Reeves said. “I’ve told my kids not to do it at all. There are so many things now that weren’t around when I was a kid. It’s just one more thing to add to the list. It’s not an alternative to smoking in my mind. It’s just as bad, if not worse. Attorney Ben Salango said there is no question parents are mistaking JUULs for something their kids might be using at school. “Parents and grandparents all over West Virginia are seeing these JUUL Pods and thinking they are just USB devices,” Salango said. “It was meant to be that way by the design. This is what big tobacco did to my parents and to my grandparents. JUUL which is partially owned by big tobacco is now doing it to our kids.”
The West Virginia Consumer Protection Act states business transactions to consumers must be honest, transparent and fair. The lawsuit claims to advertise by JUUL Labs, Altria Group and Philip Morris USA was exactly the opposite. The suit says these companies were unfair, deceptive and fraudulent in their acts, directly violating the state’s consumer protection act. “Like cigarette manufacturers, JUUL deceptively marketed its products to teenagers and pre-teens,” Attorney Brett Preston said in a release. “Parents all over West Virginia are finding small nicotine-containing JUUL pods in their children’s backpacks and bedrooms that are meant to resemble USB drives.”
The FDA has called the increase in electronic cigarette usage as an “epidemic.” “When their marketing design and plan is to specifically target children?” Salango said. “That will not be tolerated anywhere in the U.S. and especially not here in West Virginia.” JUUL Labs Inc. sent Eyewitness News the following statement in response to the lawsuit. “JUUL Labs is committed to eliminating combustible cigarettes, the number one cause of preventable death in the world. Our product is intended to be a viable alternative for current adult smokers only. We do not want non-nicotine users, especially youth, to ever try our product. To this end, we have launched an aggressive action plan to combat underage use as it is antithetical to our mission. To the extent this case alleges otherwise, it is without merit and we will defend our mission throughout this process,” JUUL Labs spokesperson Ted Kwong said.