Tag: Smoking and Tobacco

Juul Suspends Online Sales of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Juul Labs announced Thursday that it would temporarily halt online sales of flavored e-cigarettes like mango, products the company had already stopped distributing to retail stores as public outrage mounted over the soaring rate of teenage vaping. Facing multiple federal and state investigations into its marketing practices, Juul said it decided to discontinue the sales […]

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A Young Man Nearly Lost His Life to Vaping

Gregory Rodriguez thought he had the flu when he went to the emergency room on Sept. 18, feeling feverish, nauseated and short of breath. He woke up four days later in a different hospital, with a tube down his throat connecting him to a ventilator, and two more tubes in his neck and groin, running […]

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Helping Teenagers Quit Vaping

For many years, my lead-in question with adolescents, after I asked the parent to leave the room at pediatric appointments, was whether the kid had ever tried smoking cigarettes. It made a reasonable lead-in because it felt less highly charged than asking about marijuana or other substances, and in recent decades, the answer was very […]

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He Tried E-Cigarettes to Quit Smoking. Doctors Say Vaping Led to His Death.

OMAHA — In the spring, Kathleen Fimple buried her husband, John, and by the fall, she had reluctantly settled into her new life as a widow. She accepted what the doctors told her: that he had died at 68 from respiratory failure and pulmonary disease after years of smoking cigarettes, coupled with a bout of […]

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E-Cigarettes Went Unchecked in 10 Years of F.D.A. Inaction

In 2009, not long after Dr. Margaret Hamburg became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a package arrived at her home. Inside was a clunky device called an e-cigarette. “It was my first exposure to this emerging, new technology,” Dr. Hamburg recalled. The package was sent by an antismoking activist as a warning about […]

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Juul Is Sued by School Districts That Say Vaping Is a Dangerous Drain on Their Resources

With school districts across the United States scrambling to reverse the rise of vaping among teenagers, two of them on Monday filed suit against Juul, the e-cigarette manufacturer, accusing it of endangering students and forcing educators to divert time and money to fight an epidemic of nicotine addiction. The school systems in St. Charles, Mo., […]

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Vaping Illnesses Increase to 530 Probable Cases

The number of vaping-related lung illnesses has risen to 530 probable cases, and seven deaths are associated with the sickness, according to an update on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the nation’s public health officials said they still were unable to pinpoint the cause, or causes, of the sicknesses that […]

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TV Networks Take Down Juul and Other E-Cigarette Ads

As health concerns mount over the rise in teenage vaping, CNN, CBS and Viacom are ending advertisements by e-cigarette companies. The parent company of CNN, WarnerMedia, said on Wednesday that it was removing the ads in response to recent health warnings from authorities including the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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1 in 4 Youths Has Vaped. Will State Bans Do Anything?

After a spate of illnesses linked to vaping, states are rushing to push through bans on e-cigarettes for anyone under 21. Governors are calling for prohibitions on flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy and banana split, which critics say are meant to entice young people into trying vaping. And in some states, lawmakers are contemplating […]

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Don’t Forget Our Frontline Caregivers in the Opioid Epidemic

America’s opioid epidemic will go down in history alongside the Spanish flu, typhoid, polio and AIDS as one of our worst public health disasters. Between 1999 and 2017, almost 218,000 people in the United States died from overdoses connected to prescription opioids, and almost as many more died from overdoses connected to illicit opioids. Of […]

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California to Target Counterfeit Vaping Products

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced on Monday that the state will ramp up its efforts to regulate electronic cigarettes — known as e-cigarettes or vapes — with new health-warning standards, a $20 million campaign to raise awareness about the products’ harmful health effects, and increased enforcement of counterfeit flavored products sold on […]

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New York Moves to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes by Emergency Order

Amid a surge of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced on Sunday that he would pursue emergency regulations this week to quickly ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The governor’s action comes days after President Trump announced an effort to ban similar vaping products on a federal level. If […]

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A Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes Would Sharply Cut Sales

A ban on flavored e-cigarettes would not only severely dent sales of Juul Labs’ popular vaping products, but also have a chilling effect on the little regulated $2.6 billion industry of roughly 20,000 vape and smoke shops that sprung up across the country in the past few years. But a day after Alex M. Azar […]

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Trump Administration Weighs Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials said on Wednesday they would move toward a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, at a time when hundreds of people have been sickened by mysterious vaping-related illnesses. Sitting in the Oval Office with Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Ned […]

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Is It Time to Quit Vaping?

Public health officials have long been wary of e-cigarettes, also known as vape pens. But after an outbreak of serious lung illnesses this summer, those concerns became much more urgent. Last week, federal health officials announced that e-cigarettes — which people can use to vaporize and inhale liquids containing nicotine or T.H.C., the high-inducing chemical […]

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Bloomberg Takes on Vaping After Giving $1 Billion to Fight Tobacco

Michael R. Bloomberg, who has committed nearly $1 billion to aid anti-tobacco efforts, is now stepping into the campaign to combat vaping, announcing a $160 million push to ban flavored e-cigarettes. Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said that his Bloomberg Philanthropies would aim to ban the flavored e-cigarettes in at least […]

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Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes to Protect Our Children

Any adult knows that if you want to get a child’s attention, there is no enticement like candy. This currency of youth has become the weapon of choice for tobacco companies. They are making huge investments in nicotine-loaded e-cigarettes and selling them in a rainbow of sweet and fruity flavors like cotton candy, gummy bear, […]

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Have We Hit Peak Vape Panic?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad, Photographs by Nicholas McComber/Getty Images, Nick Cote for The New York Times, Rachel Woolf for The New York Times, Cayce Clifford for The New York Times. This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. What just happened: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer […]

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We Still Don’t Know How Safe Vaping Is

Health officials have identified one potential cause of the mysterious vaping-related illness that has sickened more than 200 people and claimed at least two lives: vitamin E acetate, an oil found in some marijuana-based vaping products. But there’s still a lot they don’t know. Are other adulterants also involved? Does a combination of vaping ingredients, […]

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