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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...

Vaping may be more dangerous than we realized

E-cigarettes are safer than cigarettes but that doesn’t mean they’re harmless. When e-cigarettes first appeared on store shelves a few years back, they were marketed as a sleek, discreet technology that could help adult smokers kick a potentially deadly habit. Flash forward to 2018, the year the Juul vape device took over three-quarters of the...

How Big Tobacco Is Using Instagram to Hook a New Generation of Smokers

Tobacco companies are also holding extravagant events with names like “K_Player” and “RedMoveNow” designed to connect with young people. Big Tobacco is increasingly using social media to find new ways to hook young people on smoking, circumventing decades of laws restricting the marketing of traditional cigarettes to minors. In major cities around the world such...

Following surge in discipline problems, Brevard students ask lawmakers to address vaping in schools

High schoolers from Brevard County will head to Tallahassee next week to ask lawmakers to impose stricter regulations on vaping companies, to address the surge in discipline problems they've seen in their schools. At Tuesday night's school board meeting, student government leaders presented their plan requesting legislators to require vaping companies to disclose the ingredients...

Mom says son’s vaping overdose at school nearly killed him

The mother of a teen who recently overdosed after vaping THC wax is speaking out, hoping other kids and parents become aware of the danger. THC is the active ingredient in cannabis. Lacey Turner, of Butts County, wants to spare other parents the anguish that she and her son Bailey went through. Turner told Channel 2’s Tom Regan...

‘Modern-day prohibition’? San Francisco looks to ban e-cigarette sales until FDA review

Seeking to curb teen vaping, San Francisco officials on Tuesday introduced legislation to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes until the federal government regulates them. The measure, if approved, would be the first of its kind nationally, preventing people from buying e-cigarettes online or at stores in the largest city in northern California, pending the Food and Drug...

To help fight vaping, schools look to their own students

Teen vaping is on the rise, and schools are searching for solutions, with some taking disciplinary action or installing vape detectors in bathrooms. Still, the problem has continued to swell. The US Food and Drug Administration announced in November that vaping had increased nearly 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers since...

Combusted vape pen shuts down Gloversville Middle School

Student taken to hospital with burns A "vape pen" e-cigarette combusted inside a students pocket at Gloversville Middle School Friday, injuring the student and temporarily shutting down the school, the school district said. The Gloversville Enlarged School District issued a news release Friday explaining that smoke from the malfunctioning vape pen triggered the middle school's...

FDA outlines e-cigarette rules, tightens restrictions on fruity flavors to try to curb teen vaping

Outgoing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb released the agency’s much-anticipated policy restricting e-cigarette sales on Wednesday — designed to tighten sales and eventually remove from the market many of the fruity flavors he’s blamed on fueling “epidemic” levels of teen use. “We think flavored products represent greater risk to youth appeal, so...

Fake warnings on e-cigarette ads distract kids from truth

Study finds advertising strategy stuck with boys When it comes to marketing electronic cigarettes to young people, fake news appears to stick. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently requires a prominent warning about the dangers of nicotine for e-cigarettes. But just before that mandate, a 2017 campaign by e-cigarette maker blu included fake warnings...

Vaping incident hospitalizes 4 students

LCS 9th-grade students experience ‘medical distress’ Four Lapeer Community Schools ninth-grade students were hospitalized after “ingesting” an unknown substance through a vape pen late Wednesday morning. At approximately 10:06 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, Lapeer Police Dept. officers were dispatched to Lapeer High School responding to reports of “students experiencing medical distress,” said Lapeer Chief Dave...

Vaping Linked to a Noisy, Foreboding Consequence of Poor Lung Health

"The take-home message is that electronic cigarettes are not safe when it comes to lung health." Electronic cigarettes are marketed as less harmful alternatives to cigarette smoking, but researchers are increasingly concerned about the potential long-term health consequences of vaping. A study released Thursday in the journal Tobacco Control adds to the growing number...

Under fire from state AG, retailer of e-cigarette liquids halts online sales in Massachusetts

California-based Kilo E-Liquids has stopped selling online vaping products in Massachusetts, according to its website, which states: "Unfortunately, we cannot temporarily accept and process orders from residents of Massachusetts and Illinois." Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office sent the manufacturer of vaping liquids a cease and desist letter on Feb. 5 stating that "the...

E-cigarette users show cancer-linked genetic changes

E-cigarettes may not be risk-free: A USC study shows users develop some of the same molecular changes as cigarette smokers. If you think vaping is benign, think again. A USC study in 93 people shows that e-cigarette users develop some of the same cancer-related molecular changes in oral tissue as cigarette smokers, adding to the...

Juul ramped up nicotine levels, and competitors followed, study says

Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs spurred a "widespread rush" of companies seeking to boost their own nicotine concentrations in order to mirror Juul's success, according to a paper published Thursday in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control. When Juul released its original 5% nicotine pods in the United States in 2015, the majority of competing...

FDA Targets Walgreens as Biggest Youth Tobacco Sale Violator

U.S. health officials plan to ask for a meeting with top management from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. to discuss what they said was a pattern of illegal tobacco sales to minors at the pharmacy giant’s stores. The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday that it would block a Walgreens store in Miami from...

Survey Finds Higher Risk Of Stroke Among E-Cigarette Users

The use of e-cigarettes is associated with an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke, according to research that is scheduled to be presented Feb. 6 at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Honolulu. Concern around the health effects of e-cigarette use has grown in recent years, fueled by a...

Teen: Vaping was costly – in many ways

Fifteen year-old Luka Kinard began vaping, or smoking e-cigarettes, as a way to handle the anxiety of trying to fit in at his High Point high school. Within six months, he lost interest in school, his friends, his sports teams and his Boy Scouts troop. One of the biggest attractions to vaping for Kinard...

8 Things Vaping Can Do to Your Body

If you’ve considered puffing on an e-cigarette, chances are you’re a smoker trying to ditch the death sticks. You’ve probably heard cigarettes’ electronic brethren are less damaging to your lungs, deliver less uber-addicting nicotine and, fingers crossed, can help you wean off the traditional kind. Some of that is true—but just because e-cigarettes are...

Why vaping is so dangerous for teens

Most of what we know about nicotine addiction in teens, we know from cigarettes. But experts say the technology and chemistry of vaping might pose an entirely different threat. “It turns out that e-cigarette use by kids doesn’t look the same at all,” said Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction...

Quitting E-cigarettes

In the wake of the surgeon general declaring a youth e-cigarette epidemic, Truth Initiative® has expanded its quit-smoking resources to include a first-of-its kind e-cigarette quit program. This innovative and free text message program was created with input from teens, college students and young adults who have attempted to, or successfully, quit e-cigarettes. The...

Vaping Slows Wound Healing Just as Much as Smoking

“If you’re using electronic cigarettes, or ‘vaping,’ instead of smoking cigarettes, you’re fooling yourself if you think it’s a healthier option,” with regard to wound healing, says Jeffrey Spiegel, a Boston University School of Medicine professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Boston Medical...

Teens Who Vape: Who Are They?

High School. A time when many of us try new things. One of those things is vaping or “Juuling.” In the past three years, I have seen a big increase in the number of friends and classmates who vape or “Juul.” I hear so much about how vaping is a huge problem, but...

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...