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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...

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...

After a Third Death, CDC Warns Against Vaping

Hundreds of cases of lung illness are being investigated

(Newser) - Just don't vape, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, after a third death connected to vaping was reported. At least 450 possible cases of a mysterious lung illness in 33 states are being investigated, NBC reports. "While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not...

Vaping Contaminant Could Be a Link in Respiratory Illnesses

Tests find oil from vitamin E

(Newser) - Health officials looking for a common thread in the baffling series of respiratory illnesses across the country tied to vaping may have found it. Tests show the same chemical in marijuana products used by the patients, the Washington Post reports: a contaminant derived from vitamin E. The oil, vitamin E...

A 2nd Vaper Dies in US
A 2nd Vaper Dies in US

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...

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...

The FTC Is Probing Juul
The FTC Is Probing Juul

The FTC Is Probing Juul

Specifically, the vaping company's marketing practices, reports the 'Wall Street Journal'

(Newser) - Juul has long been blamed for contributing to a rise in teen vaping—from 2017 to 2018, the habit jumped 78%—and now the e-cigarette company is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, according to sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal . The FTC is reportedly attempting to...

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...

Vaping Alters the Body After Just 16 Puffs
This Is How Quickly
Vaping Alters the Body
new study

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Vaping Helps Smokers Quit Better Than Gum, Patches
Want to Quit
Smoking? E-Cigs 
May Be Your
Best Bet

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...

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...

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, reports. The e-cigarette maker just received a one-time $2 billion dividend payment, insiders say, and is dividing it among 1,500 employees...

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...

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...

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