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Minnesota sues Juul for targeting kids as reports of vaping-related injuries swell

Sixteen-year-old Claire Hering thought vaping was safe until it was too late and she was hooked. “It’s better than other drugs. That’s what I always heard,” the Hopkins High School junior said. Attorney General Keith Ellison says Juul Labs is largely responsible for Hering and other teens’ misconception that e-cigarettes are safe and not addictive....

Nicotine sickness: the latest vaping scare

Sharon Levy, director of the adolescent substance use and addiction programme at the children’s hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, is quick to recall the first time a teenager with vaping-induced nicotine poisoning arrived at her clinic. “This was about a year and a half ago,” she says. “I remember sitting, talking with him about his...

DC attorney general sues e-cigarette maker Juul over teen use

The District of Columbia is joining several states in suing e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, saying the company’s online ads and promotions illegally targeted minors. Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine announced the lawsuit Tuesday, alleging that Juul’s viral marketing contributed to the surge in underage vaping by teens in the district and across the...

South Florida school district sues JUUL over teen vaping costs

The Palm Beach County School District is suing the JUUL electronic cigarette company, joining more than a dozen districts across the nation seeking to recover costs of combating the growing use of vaping products among teens. A federal lawsuit filed Friday in the Southern District of Florida demands compensation for “direct and consequential economic...

How Juul Hooked a Generation on Nicotine

The company planted the seeds of a public health crisis by marketing to millennials, who had low smoking rates, and it ignored evidence that teenagers were using its products. In the face of mounting investigations, subpoenas and lawsuits, Juul Labs has insisted that it never marketed or knowingly sold its trendy e-cigarettes and flavored...

Orange County family blames vaping for son’s death

28-year-old Kyle Boyd dies from ‘vaping pneumonia,’ family says While still grieving, the family of 28-year-old Kyle Boyd wants others to fight back against what they’re calling a “silent epidemic:” vaping. The Orange County family blames Boyd’s death on vaping, saying he died from a case of pneumonia that has been linked to vaping. “He came...

At least five lawsuits have been filed against e-cigarette company Juul this week for allegedly targeting minors

Lawsuits against e-cigarette maker Juul were filed this week by the states of California and New York, two Washington state counties and a school district for allegedly targeting minors. The lawsuits claim Juul's advertising campaigns target young people to use nicotine without knowing the associated risks by enticing them with flavor pods. Juul spokesman Austin...

New York joins California and North Carolina in suing Juul for allegedly targeting teens

New York state officials have joined their counterparts in California and North Carolina in suing e-cigarette maker Juul, alleging the company created marketing campaigns that targeted youth and helped fuel teenage lung illness and — in some cases — vaping-related deaths. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the state's lawsuit Tuesday. State health officials said...

‘We’re on the front line’: the teens pushing for flavored e-cigarettes ban

The Massachusetts state house of representatives passed a bill banning flavored tobacco products, including flavored e-cigarettes, in a major defeat for America’s embattled vaping industry. Behind the bill’s momentum is an unlikely pressure group: suburban Boston teenagers, outraged at what they saw as the immense health damage done to their friends and peers in...

‘I want to know that I’m healthy’: Two local students on starting — and quitting — vaping

Although e-cigarettes were allegedly created to help adults give up their smoking habits, they quickly became a starter pack for young people to consume nicotine. Offering flavors such as watermelon, mango and mint, e-cigarette suppliers have been accused of enticing young people with their product. Several states and major cities have restricted or outright...

Juul disregarded early evidence it was hooking teens

The San Francisco startup that invented the groundbreaking Juul e-cigarette had a central goal during its development: captivating users with the first hit. The company had concluded that consumers had largely rejected earlier e-cigarettes, former employees told Reuters, because the devices either failed to deliver enough nicotine or delivered it with a harsh taste....

San Mateo County bans e-cigarettes to combat the vaping industry ‘preying on our children’

Amid growing concerns over the rise of teen vaping, San Mateo County is taking a stand against the electronic cigarette industry that one leader said is “preying on our children.” The board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance banning the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes in unincorporated San Mateo County. Flavored e-cigarette...

Cigarettes Vs. Vaping: That’s The ‘Wrong Comparison,’ Says Inhalation Researcher

Ilona Jaspers initially approached the outbreak of vaping-related illnesses with a clinical curiosity. As an inhalation toxicologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jaspers has for nearly 20 years studied the health effects of many substances that can be inhaled. Seven of those years involved researching e-cigarettes. She had been following...

China Effectively Bans Online Sales of E-Cigarettes

The move could effectively shut off one of the biggest markets for an industry that is facing pressure around the world. China issued its starkest warning yet over electronic cigarettes, calling on the industry on Friday to stop selling and advertising the products online. Citing health concerns for minors, a Chinese regulator and the state...

Hawaii High Schooler To Legislators: Ban Flavored E-Cigs

At 17 years old, Samantha Domingo was the youngest speaker at an informational legislative briefing on vaping and e-cigarettes on Thursday. The Farrington High School student and Tobacco Free Hawaii Youth Council member told Hawaii legislators that many of her classmates have become addicted to nicotine by vaping e-cigarettes. “I’ve seen the effects their nicotine...

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...

E-cigarette sales discontinued at Walgreens, Kroger as crisis continues

Walgreens and Kroger said Monday that they would stop selling e-cigarettes. The move makes them the latest national retailers to get out of the vaping business amid health concerns and growing regulatory scrutiny. Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain by total locations, will stop selling e-cigarettes permanently, spokesman Phil Caruso said in an email. "This decision...

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

The lawsuits accuse Juul of endangering students and forcing educators to divert time and money to fight an epidemic of nicotine addiction among teenagers. With school districts across the United States scrambling to reverse the rise of vaping among teenagers, three of them on Monday filed suit against Juul, the e-cigarette manufacturer, accusing it...

The FDA tried to ban flavors years before the vaping outbreak. Top Obama officials rejected the plan

Unicorn Vomit. Cotton Candy. Gummy Bear. Skittles. Some teenagers who tried these playful vaping flavors thought they were just inhaling water vapor — not also nicotine, a chemical considered as addictive as heroin and cocaine. Now, as a mysterious vaping-related lung disease has doctors and parents urging the nation’s 3.6 million young users to quit,...

Teen vaping study reveals how schools influence e-cigarette use, outlines prevention strategies

When e-cigarettes hit the U.S. market in 2007, they were promoted as a safer, healthier alternative to traditional, combustible cigarettes. The unintended consequence of vaping devices and e-cigarettes, however, is a new generation of vapers—teenagers—becoming addicted to nicotine. "In just one year, from 2017 to 2018, the number of high school students using e-cigarettes...

Teenage Vaping Rises Sharply Again This Year

Preliminary figures from a national survey show that the prevalence of e-cigarette use among minors has doubled from 2017 through this year, despite national campaigns warning of the dangers. The rate of vaping among teenagers continued to rise sharply this year, federal health officials said, suggesting that campaigns to curb e-cigarette use among minors...

Sen. Dick Durbin says FDA should strengthen regulation of vaping industry — or the head of the FDA should resign

Sen. Dick Durbin is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to swiftly and strictly regulate the vaping industry, comparing it to Big Tobacco preying on youth. “It looks so innocent, doesn’t it?” Durbin said, holding up a USB-flash-drive-sized e-cigarette. “It is a deadly device.” Durbin, D-Ill., addressed reporters Monday following his letter late last...

Vaping triggers health issues for Florida teens

Along with school safety, parents now have to worry about another real danger — teen vaping, nicotine addiction and the resulting health problems. Florida teens are among those across the country who have become addicted to nicotine through electronic cigarettes and are experiencing serious health issues as a result. On Friday, U.S. health officials put...