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FDA unveils sweeping anti-tobacco effort to reduce underage vaping and smoking

Agency targets e-cigarettes, flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday launched a multipronged attack on the rising underage use of tobacco products, imposing sales restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes and announcing plans to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. The FDA says it will limit sales of many flavored e-cigarettes to...

Study: E-cigarettes may damage blood vessels

New research shows that electronic cigarette use may harm cardiovascular health, adding to the growing list of concerns about their safety. The study, which will be presented next Monday at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago, investigated the effect that e-cigarettes have on the endothelial cells that line the inside of...

Flavorants and Propylene Glycol From e-Cigarettes Form Harmful Irritants When Combined

The mixture of flavorants and propylene glycol (PG) in electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) leads to the formation of acetals that have been shown to activate irritation receptors, predisposing users to the same potential dangers as using traditional cigarettes, a new study said. Many current smokers, especially the younger generation, have viewed e-cigs as the new...

Watch Out for Exploding E-Cigs

In the 2007-2013 television series "Burn Notice," Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) was a freelance spy who took assignments that U.S. government agencies couldn't openly sanction. The plot centered around a lot of explosive action when Michael found himself the target of a “burn notice,” but had to keep working hot cases while dodging attempts...

Scientists are starting to learn how e-cigs like the Juul can affect your health — and the results are troubling

Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death. In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic elements like nickel and chromium — all of which accumulate naturally in the leaves of the tobacco plant. It's no surprise, then, that much of...

More hip-hop videos show smoking and vaping

Roughly half of popular hip-hop music videos feature smoking, vaping and marijuana use, with displays of tobacco products and drugs becoming increasingly common, a new study suggests. Hip-hop is the leading music genre in the U.S. Its fan base includes a large proportion of adolescents and young adults of all racial and ethnic groups....

Man nearly dies after inhaling piece of e-cigarette

A man trying to kick his smoking habit "nearly died" after he accidentally sucked part of his e-cigarette into his lungs and had to have surgery to remove it. Alan O'Brien, 40, inhaled the mouthpiece of the vape down his windpipe and was left gasping for air. Shop assistant manager O'Brien was left "whistling" as...

Like the tobacco industry, e-cigarette manufacturers are targeting children

It’s time to stop them. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration described teenage e-cigarette use as an “epidemic,” echoing the firsthand observations of teachers, social media watchers and the public health community. Juul Labs, the leading e-cigarette manufacturer, responded with the industry’s well-worn, lawyer-approved denial. “We are committed to preventing underage use of our...

FDA launches new anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens

The Food and Drug Administration launched an ad campaign Tuesday aimed at scaring teenagers away from vaping using snark and special effects. The unusual campaign, which FDA officials described as “irreverent,” will target teens on social media and even in school bathrooms while staying below the radar of adult smokers who might want to...

FDA declares youth vaping an epidemic, announces investigation, new enforcement

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday declared youth vaping an "epidemic," and said the agency will halt sales of flavored electronic cigarettes if the major manufacturers can't prove they are doing enough to keep them out of the hands of children and teens. The FDA says it's giving manufacturers of Juul, Vuse, MarkTen XL, Blu and Logic 60...

Adolescent Users of Juul, Other E-Cigarette Pods Exposed to Nearly As Much Nicotine as Smokers, Study Shows

New generation of vape products contain high concentrations of nicotine salts, which are more readily absorbed Juul and other ‘pod’ vaping devices have grown in popularity over last year Roswell Park-Stony Brook U team studied nicotine exposure in adolescent users High levels of nicotine documented, raising concern about addiction potential Newswise — BUFFALO, N.Y....

Companies cease sales of e-liquids with labeling or advertising that resembled kid-friendly foods following FDA, FTC warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that all 17 manufacturers, distributors and retailers that were warned by the agency in May, have stopped selling the nicotine-containing e-liquids used in e-cigarettes with labeling or advertising resembling kid-friendly food products, such as juice boxes, candy or cookies that were identified through warning letters...

Cancer-causing chemicals stay in lungs during e-cigarette use, Nevada researchers find

E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular as a smoke-free alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes, however the health effects of “vaping” on humans has been up for debate in the scientific and tobacco manufacturing communities. While aldehydes—chemicals like formaldehyde that are known to cause cancer in humans—have been identified in e-cigarette emissions by numerous studies, there...

Back-to-school smoking: Juul Labs e-cigarette sales growth vexes teachers

At Jonathan Law High School, a mysteriously large number of students last year spent copious amounts of time in the bathroom. Noticing students were disappearing for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, teachers at the Milford, Connecticut, school brought the issue to principal Fran Thompson. The bathrooms would become "little tent cities," Thompson said, with...

Vaping Shuts Off Immune-Fighting Cells in the Lungs, Lab Study Finds

E-cigarettes have been touted as a safer alternative to smoking, but the vapor they create might harm lung tissue much like regular cigarettes do, British researchers report. With or without nicotine, e-cigarette vapor increases inflammation and disables cells that protect lung tissue, human tissue tests reveal. Harming these cells makes them vulnerable to dust,...

How Juul made nicotine go viral

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFOpoKBUyok[/embed] Juul, the USB drive–shaped e-cigarette gaining popularity among American youth, is a potent nicotine delivery device. But on the outside, it really doesn’t look like one. Instead, it looks like a tech gadget. It’s discreet, intuitive, and comes in brightly colored flavors that mirror “collect them all” designs in kids’ products. And while those...

FDA requires warning labels on e-cigarettes

The labels read, "WARNING: this product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical." ST. PAUL, Minn. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring new warning labels on e-cigarettes beginning August 10. The labels read, “WARNING: this product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.” In Minnesota, the FDA required labels signify a victory for...

Juul and the vape debate: Choosing between smokers and teens

The year was 2004, and James Monsees and Adam Bowen couldn't stop taking smoking breaks during a brainstorming session for their joint master's thesis at Stanford University's design school. It was during one of these breaks that they decided: Why not create a better way to deliver nicotine? Eleven years later, they unveiled Juul,...

Vaping Draws Strong Support – From Bots

Social media accounts run by internet robots may be driving much of the discussion around the health threats posed by e-cigarettes, according to a study led by San Diego State University researchers, who also found most of the automated messages were positive toward vaping. More than 70 percent of the tweets analyzed in the...

U of M study shows cancer risk in e-cigarettes

MINNEAPOLIS - A new study from the University of Minnesota suggests e-cigarettes aren't as harmless as you might think. "It's not as bad as smoking but it's not harmless," research lead Irina Stepanov says. Stepanov is a professor with the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. She also leads an e-cigarette research project through the...

Man seriously injured after vape pen explodes in his face

LONG VIEW, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A man suffered traumatic injuries after a vape pen exploded in his face Thursday afternoon in Long View, officials said. According to the Long View Fire Chief, firefighters found Joshua Bumgarner at about 12:45 p.m. outside 1300 28th Street with an unknown female. He was taken to Catawba...

AG Healey Announces Investigation into JUUL, Other Online E-Cigarette Retailers Over Marketing and Sale to Minors

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OUJYThDCWs[/embed] Boston — Attorney General Maura Healey announced today that her office is investigating JUUL Labs, Inc. and other online e-cigarette retailers that sell JUUL and JUUL-compatible products over concerns about the marketing and sale of electronic smoking devices and products to minors. The AG’s Office also sent cease and desist demands to two online...

Users Sue Juul for Addicting Them to Nicotine

Juul Labs, the San Francisco-based e-cigarette company, is under pressure from parents, schools, public health advocates, lawmakers, and the Food and Drug Administration for its popularity with younger users, who have gravitated to Juul’s discrete rechargeable vaping device and nicotine pods in flavors like mango and fruit medley. Now come the lawsuits. Since April,...

AHA: Vaping Tied to Blood Clots — in Mice

A new study involving mice raises another concern about the danger of e-cigarettes in humans after experiments showed that short-term exposure to the device's vapors appeared to increase the risk of clot formation. A higher risk of clots forming can lead to a greater chance of a stroke or heart attack. In the study published...

New study shows teen vaping increases toxin levels

Many celebrities have credited e-cigarettes for helping them quit smoking, but Katherine Heigl might have brought the most attention to vaping with her appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” in 2010. She and Letterman smoked from her e-cig. “This oughta get it done,” said Letterman. “I know,” agreed Heigl. “You have no...

90 percent of e-cigarette users don’t stop smoking cigarettes: Study

E-cigarettes are an ineffective tool for smoking cessation, according to new research that found 90 percent of people who used electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and traditional cigarettes were still smoking a year later. E-cigarettes are often touted as a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes, which continue to kill over 480,000 people per year...

The Medical Minute: Hazards of Juuling or Vaping

HERSHEY, Pa. — Mango, mint, fruit medley — these flavors are delicious in a smoothie but dangerous when they introduce youth and young adults to nicotine. A 2009 federal law outlawed the use of flavorings other than menthol in cigarettes, but electronic cigarettes — or e-cigarettes — are unregulated and exploit the flavors...

Fire official: Man suffers burns after e-cigarette explosion

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) — A man was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon following an e-cigarette explosion, West Des Moines fire officials said. West Des Moines Fire Marshal Mike Whitsell told KCCI that authorities received a call around 3:30 p.m. for reports of a burn victim at the Sun Prairie Apartments. Fire officials...

The Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes May Harm Blood Vessels

The wide assortment of flavorings used to spice up your vaping experience could be damaging your cardiovascular system, suggests new research released Thursday. The study, published in the journal of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, found that several common e-cigarette flavorings can directly harm blood vessels. But, as with so many similar studies,...

Cinnamon May Be Safe in Foods, but Is It Safe in E-Cigarettes?

A cinnamon food additive impaired the cilia in human lung cells. A common cinnamon food additive that is widely used to flavor e-cigarettes had harmful effects on human lung cells in a laboratory culture, disrupting the cells’ innate host defense system, scientists report. The compound, called cinnamaldehyde, gives cinnamon its characteristic flavor and smell and...

Vaping’s Wild West

Is the Marlboro Man going after unicorn pancakes and juice boxes? Manufacturers and sellers of flavored nicotine liquid products got a warning earlier this month from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change packaging that mimics food products like candy, cookies, and juice boxes. The nicotine liquids (e-juice or vape liquid) are used in...

Juul, the vape device teens are getting hooked on, explained

If you’ve seen people sucking on USB flash drives, they’re probably “Juuling.” Elijah Stewart first heard about the Juul three years ago, during his sophomore year of high school. Many of his friends had started sucking on the e-cigarette that resembles a USB flash drive. It was suddenly a lot more socially acceptable, even cool,...

Teen develops ‘wet lung’ after vaping for just 3 weeks

An 18-year-old woman working as a hostess in a rural Pennsylvania restaurant decided to try e-cigarettes, perhaps another of the innumerable bistro workers hoping to calm frayed nerves with a smoke -- or in this case, a vape. This hostess, though, paid an unusual price for her e-cig use, according to a case study...

The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul

Teens have taken a technology that was supposed to help grownups stop smoking and invented a new kind of bad habit, molded in their own image. If I get addicted to vaping, I thought, in March, I will always remember this Texas strip mall. I was walking out of a store called Smoke-N-Chill Novelties,...