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Russia: We Have WNBA Star in Custody

Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner was reportedly detained last month for having 'vapes'

(Newser) - Russia says it arrested an American WNBA star last month on drug charges, and a law enforcement official who spoke to the Russian news agency Tass says it's the Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner. Per an Interfax release , the nation's Federal Customs Service says that in February, a...

A Big First for FDA on E-Cigarettes
A Big First for FDA
on E-Cigarettes

A Big First for FDA on E-Cigarettes

Agency authorizes one to stay on the market

(Newser) - For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized an electronic cigarette, saying the vaping device from RJ Reynolds can help smokers cut back on conventional cigarettes. E-cigarettes have been sold in the US for more than a decade with minimal government oversight or research. Facing a...

With Students at Home, Teen Vaping Plunges

The question is whether rates will climb as schools reopen

(Newser) - Teen vaping plummeted in the US this year as many students were forced to learn from home during the pandemic, according to a government report released Thursday. Health officials urged caution in interpreting the numbers, which were collected through an online questionnaire for the first time, the AP reports. But...

Ahead of Major Trial, an E-Cig Maker Settles

Juul will pay North Carolina $40M over allegations it went after teens in ads

(Newser) - Remember when Juul was everywhere, and all the kids thought it was cool? So does the state of North Carolina, which sued the vape pod company in 2019. Now, Juul has agreed to pay $40 million over six years to settle that lawsuit just before it was set to go...

For the Young, Vaping Brings Much Higher COVID Risk
Another Risk Factor
for COVID: Vaping
new study

Another Risk Factor for COVID: Vaping

Young people's survey answers show smoking makes them much more vulnerable to virus

(Newser) - Researchers were not surprised when a survey showed that using e-cigarettes puts young people at greater risk from COVID-19. But they weren't prepared for the depth of the risk they found. Vapers age 13-24 were five times as likely to test positive for the coronavirus, Stanford University researchers say....

It's Not a Good Time to Smoke Anything: Experts

Lungs need clean air during a pandemic

(Newser) - Anytime is a good time to stop smoking or vaping, but health experts say this moment would be especially beneficial. "Quitting during this pandemic could not only save your life, but by preventing the need for your treatment in a hospital, you might also save someone else’s life,...

Teen Babysitters Face Charges After Video of Toddler Vaping

'I'm disgusted,' the little boy's mom says

(Newser) - A disturbing Snapchat video showing a toddler vaping has led to the arrest of two teens. Per WPXI , authorities say a 17-year-old babysitter and an 18-year-old woman who was with her were watching a 2-year-old boy at a home in St. Clair Township, Pa., on Jan. 9 when one or...

Trump's Vaping Crackdown Has Big Exceptions

Menthol, tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes can still be sold

(Newser) - US health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-delivery devices. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors...

Do You Smoke? U-Haul Doesn't Want You
U-Haul to Stop Hiring Smokers

U-Haul to Stop Hiring Smokers

Company will stop interviewing, hiring anyone who uses nicotine

(Newser) - U-Haul International has announced plans to stop interviewing and hiring nicotine users, including people who use e-cigarettes and vaping products, the AP reports. The well-known truck and trailer rental company approved the nicotine-free policy set to go into effect Feb. 1 in more than 20 states where the company operates,...

Trump Promises New Strategy on Underage Vaping

Flavor may be removed from market temporarily

(Newser) - President Trump says the federal government will soon announce a new strategy to tackle underage vaping, promising, "We're going to protect our families, we’re going to protect our children, and we’re going to protect the industry." Trump was vague about what the plan would entail...

Juul Wants People to Vape, but Not at Its Own Office

Wall Street Journal reports that workers won't stop, despite company crackdown

(Newser) - An odd story about Juul and vaping is in the news Monday: The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is in the unusual position of trying to convince its own workers to stop vaping at the office. However, Juul is apparently not having much luck on that front. “...

Rise in Teen Marijuana Vaping Is Eye-Popping

Percentage of 12th graders who tried it over the past year nearly doubles

(Newser) - The good news is that teen alcohol, cigarette, and hard-drug usage is down. But the flip side of the coin is that marijuana and nicotine vaping are sharply up. The National Institute on Drug Abuse's annual Monitoring the Future survey gathers the responses of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders,...

Minnesota Sues Juul Over Youth Vaping Rise
Minnesota Is Suing Juul

Minnesota Is Suing Juul

'They have deceived and misled Minnesota consumers of all ages'

(Newser) - Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sued Juul Labs on Wednesday, accusing the e-cigarette maker of unlawfully targeting young people with its products to get a new generation addicted to nicotine. The lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis seeks to force Juul to stop marketing to young people;...

Health Official Marks Grim Vaping Record

Alaska reports its first case of vaping-related health problems

(Newser) - Now, it's nationwide. Alaska announced Tuesday its first case of vaping-related lung injury—making it the 50th state to do so, CNN reports. "We are fortunate that we haven't identified" such a case "in Alaska until now, but it's not surprising that we have joined...

Trump Backs Off Vaping Restrictions
Trump Backs Off
Vaping Restrictions

Trump Backs Off Vaping Restrictions

2 reports say he was worried about political repercussions

(Newser) - In September, President Trump said his administration would ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes. "We can’t have our kids be so affected," said Trump at the White House, making reference to first lady Melania Trump's concern over the dangers of vaping. Now two reports say...

After Dozens of Deaths, Apple Nixes 181 Apps

You won't find vaping-related products on the App Store anymore

(Newser) - Don't bother with Apple for your vaping-related apps: Axios reports the company is removing all 181 apps related to e-cigarettes and vaping from its App Store. "We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps," Apple...

Lung Transplant Surgeon: Vaping Damage Is 'Evil I Haven't Faced Before'

17-year-old patient received double transplant

(Newser) - After he led a team that successfully performed a double lung transplant on a teenager, a doctor at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital said he was shocked by what vaping had done to the young man. "What I saw in his lungs is nothing that I have ever seen...

After Troublesome Year, Juul Makes a 'Right-Size' Move

E-cigarette maker will slash 16% of its workforce, per a company official

(Newser) - Due to the public's "lack of trust" in the vaping industry, Juul cut four of its fruit- and dessert-flavored products last month. Now, confirming rumors from last month, the e-cigarette maker says it will cut 650 jobs, or about 16% of its workforce, reports the Wall Street Journal...

Man With Lungs Wrecked by Vaping Gets Double Transplant

Detroit hospital says this is a first

(Newser) - A man whose lungs were damaged beyond repair by vaping has undergone a double lung transplant at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The hospital says it believes it is the first in the country to perform the procedure on a patient harmed by vaping, Detroit Free Press reports. The hospital...

CDC Reports Breakthrough on Vaping Illnesses

Vitamin E oil was the only substance found in lungs of 29 patients tested

(Newser) - "For the first time, we have detected a potential toxin of concern," an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said of new evidence in the search for the cause of lung problems in those who vape. Researchers took fluid samples from the lungs of 29...

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