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This Is the First Major US City to Ban E-Cigarette Sales

San Francisco passes ban on sales

(Newser) - San Francisco became the first major US city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes after supervisors gave the measure its second and final vote Tuesday, the AP reports. Backers say they hope the legislation will curb underage use of e-cigarettes, but critics say the ban will make it harder... More »

Teen, Mom Must Drive 5 Hours After Vape Pen Shatters Jaw

'Totally unexpected' blast also knocked out 17-year-old's teeth

(Newser) - A Nevada mother who bought a vape pen to help her 17-year-old son quit smoking ended up having to drive him five hours to a hospital after it blew up in his face, doctors say. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine , doctors say the exploding... More »

School District Has Drastic Plan to Quash Vaping 'Epidemic'

Nebraska's Fairbury Public Schools hopes urine tests for nicotine serve as deterrent

(Newser) - Random drug tests ordered by Nebraska's Fairbury Public Schools will be looking for one drug in particular: nicotine. In an effort to curb teen vaping, students in grades seven through 12 who hope to take part in extracurriculars including marching band must submit to random nicotine testing following a... More »

Beverly Hills Makes a Novel Move Against Tobacco

In 2021, most sales will be banned

(Newser) - Beverly Hills has become the first US city to end most tobacco sales. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to snuff out sales of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products beginning in 2021. The ban covers sales at gas stations and pharmacies as well as convenience and grocery... More »

He Sought Help With His Vape Pen. Then It Killed Him

Texas' William Brown died 2 days after his mechanical vape mod exploded

(Newser) - A second American has lost his life to a vape pen . William Eric Brown died Jan. 29, two days after he suffered a vape pen explosion in the parking lot of Smoke and Vape DZ shop in Fort Worth, Texas. The manager, who called 911, said the 24-year-old had been... More »

Want to Quit Smoking? E-Cigs May Be Your Best Bet

E-cigs helped cessation better than gum, patches, scientists say—but it's not a universal endorsement

(Newser) - A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British research, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the... More »

Juul Employees Getting a $1.3M Bonus. Each

But is the e-cig giant just trying to soothe critics?

(Newser) - Juul is giving each worker a hefty gift—said to be $1.3 million on average—amid a wave of criticism over its latest investment deal, Inc.com reports. The e-cigarette maker just received a one-time $2 billion dividend payment, insiders say, and is dividing it among 1,500 employees... More »

FDA Is Moving Ahead to Outlaw Menthol Cigarettes

But the agency pulled back on anticipated e-cigarette restrictions

(Newser) - Flavored e-cigarettes are getting a bit of a reprieve from the FDA, which has threatened to ban them to combat youth vaping. But, the New York Times reports, the agency will push forward with plans to outlaw menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, “two traditional tobacco products that disproportionately harm... More »

Juul Taking Big Steps to Halt Teen Vaping

Leading e-cigarette maker halting store sales of many flavors

(Newser) - The nation's leading e-cigarette maker is halting store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids, the AP reports. The move by Juul Labs Inc. comes ahead of an expected US government crackdown on underage sales of flavored e-cigarettes. Juul said it stopped filling store orders Tuesday for... More »

Major Restrictions on Flavored E-Cigs Are Coming

FDA plans to rid them from convenience stores, gas stations to protect teens

(Newser) - The expected FDA crackdown on a youth vaping "epidemic" is on the horizon, with the New York Times and Washington Post reporting that most flavoured e-cigarettes will be banned from convenience stores and gas stations across the country as early as next week. Menthol and mint flavors will be... More »

Company Will Stop Selling Many E-Cig Flavors

Over concern about youth access

(Newser) - E-cigarette users will soon have slightly fewer options. Altria, parent company of Marlboro maker Phillip Morris USA, announced Thursday that it will stop selling e-cigarette refill pods and most of its flavored e-cigarette products, the Wall Street Journal reports. During a call with analysts, CEO Howard Willard said that the... More »

Store Owner Tells Robbers to Come Back Later. They Did

Belgian buffoons came back twice; the second time, the cops were there

(Newser) - They're either the world's most accommodating criminals, the greediest, the most optimistic, or the dumbest—or maybe all of the above. The BBC reports on 15 tense minutes Saturday for a Belgian e-cigarette shop owner, identified simply as Didier, when a half-dozen wannabe armed robbers showed up midafternoon... More »

FDA May Take Drastic Moves to End Teen Vaping 'Epidemic'

Could ban sales if manufacturers don't comply with new requirement

(Newser) - Youth vaping is an "epidemic," as far as the FDA is concerned, and if manufacturers don't submit "robust" plans to prevent kids from getting their hands on flavored e-cigarettes, the agency will take action—possibly going so far as to order the flavored products off the... More »

Plane Drops 20K Feet Thanks to 'Vaping' Co-Pilot

Seems the Air China pilot tried to hide the smoke

(Newser) - An Air China co-pilot apparently forced his plane to descend about 20,000 feet when he flicked the wrong switch to hide his vaping from passengers, CNN reports. Chinese aviation officials say the co-pilot, who remains unnamed, tried to shut off air recycling fans to prevent smoke from spreading to... More »

Plane's Scary Descent Linked to Pilot's Decision to Vape

Air pressure dropped as he adjusted AC system to keep vapor in check

(Newser) - "When I close my eyes, I see the oxygen masks dangling in front of me." That's the lingering anxiety of a passenger on a recent Air China flight that plummeted thousands of feet after oxygen levels dropped. A senior official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China... More »

She'd Vaped for Just 3 Weeks. Then, a Trip to the ER

Teen spent 5 days on ventilator after she suffered respiratory failure

(Newser) - News of one scary vaping experience follows another. Days after authorities confirmed a Florida man died when his vape pen exploded , sending projectiles into his brain, a study published in the journal Pediatrics tells of an 18-year-old Pennsylvania woman who ended up in an emergency room with a cough and... More »

Fatal Vape Pen Blast Sent Projectiles Into Man's Brain

Florida's Tallmadge D'Elia also suffered burns to 80% of body

(Newser) - An awful first in the US: death by exploding vape pen. Former CNBC television producer Tallmadge D'Elia, 38, was found dead in a burning bedroom in his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., on May 5 as a result of what the Pinellas County medical examiner now says was an... More »

FDA to E-Cigarette Companies: Stop the Kid-Friendly Packaging

It can lead to accidental ingestion, which can be fatal for children

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning companies that make and sell e-cigarette liquid to stop using packaging that appeals to kids after a recent analysis found that more than 8,200 children under the age of 6 were exposed to e-cigarettes or liquid nicotine between January 2012 and April... More »

Philip Morris Says It Is Giving Up Cigarettes

But it's not going cold turkey

(Newser) - Tobacco giant Philip Morris says it is giving up cigarettes—and its customers should, too. In full-page ads placed in British newspapers, the Marlboro maker says its New Year's resolution for 2018 is to work toward stopping selling cigarettes in Britain and to replace them with products like e-cigarettes... More »

FDA Proposes Cutting Nicotine Level in Cigarettes

Stocks of cigarette makers plunged after the announcement

(Newser) - For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren't so addictive, the AP reports. US Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb on Friday directed the agency's staff to develop new regulations on nicotine. The FDA has had the... More »

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