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Doctors 'Baffled' by Near-Deaths of Vapers

Dozens have fallen ill in at least 6 states

(Newser) - As many as 50 people in at least six states have come down with breathing illnesses that may be linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping products, reports the AP . No deaths have been reported, but at least a few have come close. Some patients have likened onset of the illness... More »

8 Teen Vapers Hospitalized With Lung Damage

Wisconsin cases leave doctors alarmed as state health officials investigate

(Newser) - Eight Wisconsin teens were hospitalized with lung damage believed to be linked to vaping—just within the last month. Vaping "is harming our kids … no matter what the product," Michael Gutzeit, chief medical officer for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, said at a Thursday news conference, reports... More »

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 »

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 »

Vape Pen Delivery Ends 6-Hour Standoff

Suspect accused of trying to set fire at gas station convenience store

(Newser) - A man desperate for cigarettes was given a vape pen by police on Saturday, thereby ending a six-hour standoff in Novato, Calif. Authorities say 40-year-old Juan Roman, troubled by issues with family, poured gas on the floor of a gas station, then tried to ignite it when he couldn't... 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 »

Spike in Teen Vaping Is Unprecedented

Twice as many indulge compared to last year, an unprecedented jump

(Newser) - Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking, and drug use. It was the largest single-year increase in the survey's 44-year history, far surpassing a mid-1970s surge in marijuana... 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 »

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 »

Kristen Bell's Sober Hubby Says She Should Have 'Ecstasy Party'

She says she smokes weed around Dax Shepard, and he's OK with it

(Newser) - Dax Shepard has been sober for 14 years, but his wife, Kristen Bell, still vapes weed around him, she explained in a recent appearance on the WTF With Marc Maron podcast. (Maron, E! notes, is also sober.) "I smoke around my husband and it doesn't seem to... 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 »

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