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More Retailers to Stop Sales of E-Cigarettes

Kroger, Walgreen cite regulatory uncertainty

(Newser) - Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the US amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping. Supermarket chain Kroger and drugstore chain Walgreen announced Monday they would discontinue sales of e-cigarettes at their stores nationwide, citing an uncertain regulatory environment, the AP reports. The vaping industry has... More »

First Lady Speaks Out on E-Cigs

Stop marketing to kids, says Melania Trump

(Newser) - Melania Trump is calling on companies to stop marketing e-cigarettes to children, saying they're addictive and dangerous. The first lady—who with President Trump has a 13-year-old son, Barron—says teenagers and young adults must be encouraged to admit addiction, including to electronic cigarettes and vaping, and get help.... More »

Doctors: Lungs Have Been 'Torched' in Vaping Patients

Mayo Clinic experts say damage resembles that seen after chemical weapon attacks

(Newser) - Doctors still aren't sure exactly what has caused a spate of vaping-related deaths and illnesses around the country—but they know it is doing horrific damage to people's lungs. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say tests of lung tissue from 17 patients show a pattern of injury that... More »

Another State Joins Push Against Flavored Vape Products

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee approves 4-month ban: 'This executive order will save lives'

(Newser) - Washington is joining several other states in banning the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over the mysterious lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people and killed about a dozen across the country. Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Friday asking the state Board of Health to... More »

Scary New Find Made in Bootleg Vapes

NBC test sample turns up hydrogen cyanide

(Newser) - Not what anyone needs to be smoking: cyanide. As America's vaping crisis continues, 10 unregulated vaping cartridges have tested positive for pesticides—including a fungicide that can turn into hydrogen cyanide if burned, NBC News reports. "You certainly don't want to be smoking cyanide," says Antonio... More »

FDA Takes Heat as Vaping-Tied Death Toll Rises

11 people nationwide are said to have died from vaping-related illnesses so far

(Newser) - The health departments of two new states put up sobering notices this week. Both Florida and Georgia announced their first vaping-related fatalities, bringing the recorded national death toll to 11, CNN reports. There's scant info on the Florida death, but the death in Georgia—a state that so far... More »

Juul Honcho Is Out as Ads Halt

Company says it won't lobby against proposed ban on some e-cigarettes

(Newser) - E-cigarette maker Juul has a new face at the helm with the vaping industry falling under greater scrutiny. The company announced Wednesday that CEO Kevin Burns will be replaced by KC Crosthwaite, who currently serves as senior vice president for chief strategy and growth at tobacco giant Altria, reports the... More »

This State Just Made Harshest Anti-Vaping Move Yet

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker bans sale of all vaping products for 4 months

(Newser) - One state just got extra-tough on vaping. Gov. Charlie Baker has put a complete kibosh on the sale (either online or at brick-and-mortar stores) of all nicotine and marijuana vaping products throughout Massachusetts, from now until Jan. 25, USA Today reports. The ban, which was given the green light by... More »

A Massive Market Plans Crackdown on Vaping

New controls will be brought in China next month

(Newser) - China plans to join governments that are imposing controls on tobacco liquid and additives for e-cigarettes amid rising concern about deaths and illnesses blamed on vaping, a state news agency said Tuesday. Rules due out as early as next month also will cover e-cigarette devices and packaging, the China News... More »

Walmart Will Stop Selling E-Cigarettes

Retailer's stores, including Sam's Club, won't replace current inventory

(Newser) - Citing the uncertainty surrounding the products' future, including possible regulatory actions, Walmart said it will stop selling e-cigarettes. An internal memo said the retailer will sell the stock on hand in its Walmart and Sam's Club stores in the US. Then, CNBC reports the memo says, "We plan... More »

First State Enacts Ban on Sale of Flavored E-Cigs

New York panel approves emergency regulation

(Newser) - New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, a move that comes as federal health officials investigate a mysterious surge of severe breathing illnesses linked to vaping. The vote by the state Public Health and Health Planning Council means the prohibition, which covers flavored... More »

A 7th Death Tied to Vaping, as One State Makes a Big Move

California, site of most recent fatality, is launching a $20M anti-vaping ad campaign

(Newser) - As officials try to figure out what's causing a spate of vaping illnesses, some proving fatal , news of another death has come in. CNN reports that the most recent e-cigarette fatality, the nation's seventh so far, is a 40-year-old from California, the second death in that state. A... More »

Big Vaping Bust May Explain Why People Are Getting Sick

Wisconsin police arrest Tyler Huffhines and Jacob Huffhines for alleged vaping operation

(Newser) - A stunning Wisconsin drug bust may help explain why vapers have been getting sick and dying , the New York Times reports. Police recently burst into a condo in a quiet subdivision and found an operation for filling vaping cartridges with THC-laced liquid. The raid netted 31,200 filled cartridges, 98,... More »

Another State Moves to Ban Flavored E-Cigs

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sharply criticized the flavors

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people, the AP reports. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to the... More »

FDA's Move on E-Cigarettes Is One It Had Resisted

Trump administration looking to ban flavored e-cigarettes

(Newser) - President Trump says his administration will move to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid an outbreak of breathing problems tied to vaping. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the FDA will develop guidelines to remove all e-cigarette flavors from the market. CNBC quotes Azar as saying it will be a... More »

Alabama School Fights Vaping in Unusual Way

Bathroom stall doors are no more

(Newser) - An Alabama high school has decided to remove some of the doors from its bathroom stalls in an effort to stop students vaping in campus bathrooms, reports the AP . Gary Horton, principal at Wilson High School, tells WAFF the removal of some of the stall doors in the boys restroom... More »

A 2nd Vaper Dies in US

Oregon patient died in July after vaping THC

(Newser) - Oregon health officials are investigating the death of an individual who developed a severe respiratory illness after vaping; if a link is confirmed, it would be the country's second vaping-related death. A lead investigator on the new case, Dr. Ann Thomas, tells the New York Times that the person... More »

A First: Entire State Will Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Michigan will institute emergency ban

(Newser) - Flavored e-cigarettes are controversial due to how attractive they are to teens—but until now, no state had actually banned them. That changed Wednesday as Michigan became the first to announce it will be barring their sale. The ban won't actually go into effect until the state health department... More »

Death Could Be Nation's First Connected to Vaping

Number of possible cases is rising quickly

(Newser) - A death in Illinois announced Friday by health officials could be the first in the nation connected to the use of e-cigarettes. The adult patient had vaped and was later hospitalized with severe respiratory illness, Fox News reports. No other information about the patient was released. "The severity of... More »

This Is How Quickly Vaping Alters the Body

And that's without the nicotine or flavorings

(Newser) - A new study is casting yet another shadow over e-cigarettes. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say participants who inhaled only vape juice—no nicotine, no flavorings—suffered temporary changes to their cardiovascular system, Wired reports. The study found that brain, heart, and leg arteries in the 31 participants constricted... More »

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