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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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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. “... More »

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,... More »

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;... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

After New Study, No More Mint

Juul will sell only menthol and tobacco flavors

(Newser) - Juul Labs said Thursday it will halt US sales of its best-selling, mint-flavored electronic cigarettes as it struggles to survive a nationwide backlash against vaping. The voluntary step comes days after new government research showed that Juul is the top brand among high schoolers who use e-cigarettes and that many... More »

Ex-Juul Official Makes Huge Claim in Lawsuit

Siddharth Breja says the company sold a million contaminated nicotine pods

(Newser) - Looks like Juul's lawyers won't be sleeping much tonight. A former executive at the e-cigarette company says Juul sold a million contaminated nicotine pods and fired him for complaining about it, BuzzFeed reports. Siddharth Breja, ex-senior vice president for global finance, made the allegations in a Tuesday lawsuit... More »

Bending to Pressure, Juul Cuts 4 Products

The e-cigarette brand responds to people's 'lack of trust' in the industry

(Newser) - Juul Labs stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors Thursday, acknowledging the public's "lack of trust" in the vaping industry, the AP reports. The voluntary step is the company's latest attempt to weather a growing political backlash blaming its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a generation of teenagers on... 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 »

With 2 More Vaping-Related Deaths, US Toll Is at 16

After Virginia, NJ confirm latest deaths

(Newser) - Two more states on Tuesday confirmed deaths related to vaping, bringing the total number of such deaths in the United States to 16. The Virginia and New Jersey deaths were both adults, and were the first deaths in each state from lung injuries associated with vaping. The CDC said last... More »

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