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Q&A: Vaping and lung disease: This doctor saw the link four years ago

Dr. John E. Parker was working at a West Virginia hospital in 2015 when a 31-year-old female patient was admitted with acute respiratory problems. A team of doctors ultimately suspected that her mysterious case of lipoid pneumonia might be related to vaping and weren’t sure they had seen anything like it before. The doctors were intrigued enough...

Vaping Sicknesses Rising: 153 Cases Reported in 16 States

Sixteen states have now reported 153 cases of serious, vaping-related respiratory illnesses in the past two months, and many of the patients are teenagers or young adults. In a statement on Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that all of the cases occurred in people who acknowledged vaping either nicotine or...

Vaping May Harm Your Blood Flow—Even Without Nicotine

Smoking isn’t good for you. But e-cigarettes, with their sleek, USB bodies and mango-flavored cartridges, promised a sweeter, safer future. No tar, no combustion, no problem. But that picture is getting more complicated. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control announced that it is opening an investigation into the health effects of smoking...

Local officials blame spike in ‘wet lung’ syndrome on vaping. Here’s what we know

South Valley public health officials are warning people who vape they may be exposing themselves to a potentially dangerous respiratory illness. In recent months, health officials have reported a spike of people in Kings, Fresno, and Tulare counties being admitted to hospitals with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) or wet lung. Wet lung is a severe pulmonary condition...

FDA investigating 127 reports of seizures after vaping

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating 127 cases of people suffering from seizures after vaping, the agency announced Wednesday. The agency received about 92 new reports of people, especially kids and young adults, experiencing seizures after using e-cigarettes since it first announced its investigation into the issue in April. The FDA said it’s...

What Utah doctors are saying about vaping

Doctors were perplexed when their 25-year-old patient, Aubree Butterfield, came in with pneumonia-like symptoms. They weren't immediately able to find the cause of her nonstop vomiting, or why she was coughing up blood. They were surprised when they discovered her condition was linked to her electronic cigarette usage. Butterfield, who was diagnosed with lipoid pneumonia,...

Hawaii Efforts To Stop Youth Vaping Stalls As Use Increases

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, in Honolulu for a medical convention, raised alarms earlier this week about the heavy use of e-cigarettes by Hawaii’s youth. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Hawaii number two among states for children grades 6 to 12 who are vaping. Hawaii's e-cigarette usage by its...

Attorney General Tong announces investigation into e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs, Inc.

Connecticut’s attorney general made a big announcement when it comes to vaping. E-cigarettes have become quite controversial recently, especially with the impact they’re having on young people. Attorney General William Tong announced an investigation into Juul Labs, Incorporated on Wednesday. Juul Labs, Inc. is the company producing electronic cigarettes. Juul says the product was created...

Irritating Compounds Can Show Up In ‘Vape Juice’

Scientists don't know much yet about the long-term effects of "vape juice," the liquid used in e-cigarettes and vaporizers. But researchers analyzing the liquid and the vapor produced when it's heated say some kinds of e-liquids are reacting to form irritating chemicals called acetals while they're sitting on shelves. More than 3 million young...

Juul went into a ninth-grade classroom and called its device ‘totally safe,’ teens testify

A Juul representative repeatedly told a ninth-grade classroom that the company's e-cigarette was "totally safe" before showing underage students the device, according to two teenagers who testified under oath to Congress on Wednesday. The comments came at the first of two hearings organized by the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy to...

Teenagers Who Reported Vaping, Receive Treatment For Lung Damage At Milwaukee Hospital

Teens Had Symptoms Of Fatigue, Shortness Of Breath, Chest Pain, Cough, Weight Loss Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin treated eight teenagers with severe lung damage all of whom reported vaping in the months prior to being hospitalized. The teens had symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, cough and weight loss. While the cause is unknown at this...

The battery behind dangerous and deadly e-cigarette explosions

Even vaping advocates urge consumers to learn about battery safety. In May 2018, Wake D'Elia was at home using an electronic cigarette when the device's battery malfunctioned and exploded, killing him instantly. He was 38. An investigation revealed that the battery was what's called an 18650. The explosion caused the device to shoot "like a rocket...

If You Thought Vaping Was Safe, Kansas Researchers Have Bad News

Many people figure vaping spares their health because it lets them inhale nicotine in aerosols instead of sucking in smoke from burning cigarettes. New research from the University of Kansas casts doubt on that, raising the specter that vaping nicotine may cause some of the same respiratory problems that plague and even kill smokers...

Child killed after consuming mother’s vape liquid

An Australian infant died in June after consuming his mother's liquid nicotine, the Coroners Court heard this week. The 19-month-old from Melbourne was found with one of his mother's bottles of liquid in his mouth, AAP reports. He was rushed to hospital but died 11 days later. The court heard on Monday that the mother...

E-cigarettes may damage brain stem cells: study

Puffing on electronic cigarettes can damage neural stem cells important to brain function, a new study says. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside found that e-cigarettes produce a stress response in neural stem cells, researchers at the University of California at Riverside reported in a study published in the interdisciplinary open-access journal iScience. E-cigarette...

National Jewish Health launches vaping, tobacco cessation program

My Life, My Quit uses "quitline" to help teens give up tobacco In 2018, over 3.5 million high school students in the United States regularly used e-cigarettes. With numbers growing each year, many wonder how to help at-risk teens stop using tobacco products. Following a San Francisco ban on the sale of e-cigarettes, National Jewish Health — one of the...

Juul’s New Marketing Is Straight Out of Big Tobacco’s Playbook

The e-cigarette giant is relying on some awfully familiar tactics to distinguish its products. Out of a firestorm of controversy over teen nicotine use, Juul Labs emerged in January with a newly sober and adult marketing identity. Forget the fruit-flavored vaping pods, the colorful ads populated with young models, the viral Instagram and Facebook...

Vexed by vaping: Schools see increase in use, find it harder to police

The use of electronic smoking devices, or “vaping,” remains a problem in East Hawaii high schools, and it’s becoming more difficult to detect, local administrators say. “It is a problem, it is a big problem,” said Hilo High School Principal Bob Dircks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes produce an aerosol...

Congressman is latest to announce probe into leading vaping company Juul

US Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi is the latest lawmaker to announce an investigation into leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs, probing the impact of its marketing and business dealings on the "youth e-cigarette epidemic." The Illinois Democrat, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, asked the company to "provide memoranda and communications regarding...

E-cig companies use cartoon characters as logos, and new study shows it works

Electronic cigarette use, or vaping, is unsafe for children, adolescents and young adults. Electronic cigarettes often contain nicotine and other harmful substances. Nicotine is addictive and can curb adolescent brain development, which continues into young adulthood. The leading electronic cigarette company insists it is not targeting youth as customers. I study ways to inform...

Vaping companies reprimanded for violating tobacco ad rules on Facebook, Instagram

U.S. regulators slapped four e-cigarette companies with warning letters Friday for failing to follow federal advertising rules for tobacco on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission reprimanded Solace Technologies, Hype City Vapors, Humble Juice Co. and Artist Liquids Laboratories for failing to disclose the health and safety...

Students file lawsuit against e-cigarette makers

Two students - at the University of Alabama and Auburn University - have filed a class-action lawsuit against the makers of e-cigarettes, saying the products “prey on youth to recruit replacement smokers for financial gain.” The suit, filed May 22 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama West Division, lists Juul...

Stem cell study reveals most toxic vape flavors

Your favorite vape flavor may be more harmful than the nicotine itself. Using stem cells to investigate the impact of e-liquids on cardiovascular disease, a new study has revealed the harmful effects of flavored e-cigarette liquids and e-cigarette use. The most toxic flavors: cinnamon and menthol. Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine...

Vaping Habit Might Make You More Prone to Flu

Steering clear of folks who are coughing and sneezing is one way to prevent catching the flu. Avoiding e-cigarettes may be another, new research suggests. In a small study including smokers, e-cigarette users and nonsmokers, researchers saw that both traditional cigarette smokers and "vapers" were more susceptible to flu. But cigarettes and e-cigarettes appeared to...

Colorado’s new trash problem: Vape pods

Kristen Lewis keeps a brown cardboard box in her office at Boulder High School. It’s filled with vape pens like JUULs, the leading brand of e-cigarettes, dozens of the pods that carry nicotine liquid, and a lonely box of Marlboros. “This is what I call the box of death,” she said. “This is everything...

Couple sues vape shop after e-cigarette explodes

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — An electric cigarette that exploded back in July caused one North Tonawanda woman, Amanda Pickard, to suffer severe burns to her inner thighs and legs. Now she is suing the vape shop that sold it to her boyfriend. Pickard's attorney, Hugh Russ, says the e-cig exploded less than a...

Stop The Vaping Epidemic In Hawaii Schools

In 1994, the nation’s top tobacco executives all testified before Congress that “nicotine is not addictive.” Big Tobacco lied not just to our government, but misled the public for decades on the harms to health caused by cigarettes. Now, 25 years later, they are doing it again. This time, in the form of sleek,...

Student PSA warns of vaping risks

The video starts with a student pressuring his peer, saying unlike cigarettes, vaping isn't bad for you. Then the scene freezes, and the truth begins. The student breaks away to reveal, actually, vaping is far from a safe alternative. The premise repeats with other common myths about vaping, each immediately debunked. The Mankato high school...

North Carolina sues Juul, setting up a fresh legal fight for the embattled e-cigarette company

North Carolina Attorney General Joshua Stein filed a lawsuit Wednesday against popular e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, making it the first state to take legal action against the company. The suit, filed in state court, alleges that Juul caused addiction in consumers by “deceptively downplaying the potency and danger of the nicotine” and employed advertising...

Vaping poses grave worry for pediatricians

Chemicals may pose short and long-term health consequences for teens To some middle school and older elementary school aged children vaping,  which produces an aerosol from a heated and flavored nicotine liquid may seem like a harmless and fun thing to do with friends, however, the reality of vaping paints a dangerous picture. The California...

Close call: Teen driver suffers seizure after vaping

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The federal government is investigating new concerns about vaping and a possible link to seizures — an issue that's become personal for 24 Hour News 8’s Barton Deiters. His 17-year-old daughter, Sophie, was driving in Grandville when she had a seizure after taking a drag off a friend’s vape. It happened around 5 p.m. Friday when Sophie was...

Vapes are full of flavors—and fungi

Your lungs could be the ones to suffer. When they first came on the market, industry advocates originally touted vapes—electronic nicotine delivery systems such as a JUUL—as a smoking cessation aid. In the time since, they’ve exploded in popularity among young people, leading to worries that brands like JUUL are contributing to a new...

Rite Aid to Stop Sale of E-Cigarettes

Rite Aid said it would remove e-cigarette and vaping products from stores over the next 90 days; stores will continue to sell regular cigarettes Rite Aid Corp. is halting the sale of e-cigarettes in its drugstores, even as it continues to sell traditional cigarettes, taking a different stance on tobacco products than its two...

JUUL electronic cigarette products linked to cellular damage

Little is known about the potential health effects of JUUL e-cigarette products that have recently risen in popularity, especially among adolescents. The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has a growing concern about this uptick in their use because these electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine—a highly addictive stimulant, with potential to affect the still-developing...

FDA warns companies marketing drug-imitating e-liquids

The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters Thursday to Undisputed Worldwide and EZ Fumes for manufacturing, selling and/or distributing nicotine-containing e-liquids with misleading labeling and/or advertising that imitate prescription cough syrup. Federal regulators said these products put both children and adults at risk of e-liquid poisoning because they appear to be ingestible when...

Nicotine-induced seizures could be a side effect of vaping

The FDA is investigating 35 cases of seizures that were reported after e-cigarette use. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether nicotine-induced seizures are a potential side effect of vaping. In the past decade, the agency has received at least 35 reports of seizures — sudden and uncontrolled disturbances in the brain — following...

12 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Stop Vaping

Vaping can be just as damaging to your health as smoking. But the minute you kick the habit, you’ll feel a difference. Here’s a play by play. What is vaping? Vaping is the use of electronic cigarettes—e-cigarettes. Vaping became mainstream in the United States in the late 2000s. When e-cigarettes first hit the market, many...