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www.getvapefree.com Announces Free Limited-Time Vaping Treatment Program for Nicotine Addicted Teens, Students, Military, Veterans and First Responders

www.getvapefree.com, an innovator in digital health educational content, announced today that it is offering its treatment program for free to nicotine-addicted e-cigarette users for a limited time to do their part in the fight against COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has made a bad situation far worse. A recent study from Stanford Medical School found that...

Studies: E-cigarettes won’t help smokers quit, but they may become addicted to vaping

E-cigarettes are now the most popular product used for smoking cessation in the United States, ahead of all U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved cessation aids combined, from nicotine patches and gum to prescription medications. However, two recently published analyses of a large nationally representative longitudinal study report that e-cigarettes are not effective...

Vaping rises to alarming rates among Hawaii youth

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 48.3% of Hawaii's high school students and 30.6% of middle school students have tried e-cigarettes. The report was released as part of its Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS) which monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death...

Nearly Half of U.S. Teens Who Vape Want to Quit

Addictive e-cigarettes have made inroads among American teens, and government campaigns to prevent vaping among the young are everywhere. But a new survey suggests another focus: Helping teens already hooked on vaping to quit. The survey of nearly 500 12- to 17-year-olds who vape found that almost half (44.5%) said they were "seriously thinking about...

WA attorney general suing California e-juice company for potentially selling to minors

Washington State is now suing California-based e-juice company called “E-Juice Vapor” accusing it of selling vaping products to minors. The state’s controversial 120-day flavors ban expired in February of 2020, but other regulations are still in place. One law is that sellers must verify a customer’s age before selling to them. “Bottom line, they’re violating...

Cartoons Still Common in Online E-Cig Marketing

Cartoon imaging remains common in social media promotions of vaping liquids, even as use of the products has exploded among teens and young adults, new research finds. An investigation of 1,936 Instagram posts promoting e-liquid vaping products found that 1,608 (83.1%) were promotional, 142 (7.3%) included one or more cartoon images, and 44 (2.3%)...

FDA Orders 10 Companies to Stop Selling Their E-Cigarette Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent warning lettersTrusted Source to 10 companies about selling flavored, disposable e-cigarettes that especially appeal to young people without having proper approval. “Despite suspending in-person activities — such as retail compliance checks and vape shop inspections — due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our enforcement against unauthorized e-cigarettes...

Attorney General Maura Healey suing online vape company ‘Puff Bar’ alleging it sold flavored tobacco products in Massachusetts

Attorney General Maura Healey is suing an online e-cigarette company called “Puff Bar” for selling disposable flavored tobacco products in Massachusetts in violation of state law, her office on Thursday. The complaint, filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, alleges that Puff Bar and Cool Clouds Distribution, Inc. continued advertising and selling disposable flavored...

Controversial E-Cigarette Company Puff Bar Says It’s Suspending U.S. Sales

A shadowy e-cigarette company that has reaped millions of dollars by exploiting a loophole to sell kid-friendly, flavored nicotine products says it is suspending sales in the U.S following revelations about its owners. Puff Bar, a California-based marketer of disposable e-cigarettes, announced the sales suspension Monday on its website. In a phone call with...

Juul Looks at Japan Market Amid Push to Recover From Setbacks

Juul Labs Inc., the U.S.-based e-cigarette maker that’s fighting a global backlash against vaping, is considering entry into the tightly regulated Japanese market. Haruhiko Hirate, formerly a corporate officer at Tokyo-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., was hired to lead the effort, Juul said Tuesday in a statement. He was named representative director and chairman of...

Ban on tobacco products goes into effect, including e-cigarettes and vaping products

Hate the smell of cigarette smoke? You’re in luck. Duke’s tobacco-free policy went into effect Wednesday as part of an effort to create a more “healthy living and working environment” for the community, according to the Healthy Duke website. The policy prohibits “all tobacco-related products,” according to the website, from cigarettes to e-cigarettes and...

Pod-based vaping products more addictive than other e-cigarettes

Pod-based e-cigarettes may be more addictive than other tobacco products, according to an analysis published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics. JUUL pods and other similar products deliver nearly 60 percent more nicotine than conventional cigarettes, researchers found in the review of existing studies on vaping devices. The pod-based devices are designed to deliver high doses of...

New Analysis Exposes How Big Tobacco is Exploiting COVID-19 Pandemic to Advertise Harmful and Addictive Products

Tobacco and e-cigarette companies are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to advertise their harmful and addictive products on social media, undermine minimum age purchase restrictions meant to protect youth and make unproven and illegal health claims, according to new analysis published by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The analysis includes tactics from big tobacco companies,...

Minors often buy tobacco, even after showing ID

The battle to keep tobacco out of the hands of children and teenagers has used laws and public health programs such as the Truth Initiative. However, a new study in Pediatrics indicates that the battle may be lost when stores sell tobacco to children and teenagers, even after seeing proof-of-age identification that shows...

EVALI: New information on vaping-induced lung injury

E-cigarettes (vapes) first made headlines due to skyrocketing sales and popularity. Then reports of serious illnesses and deaths related to vaping tobacco and other substances began mounting in summer 2019. By mid-February 2020, the CDC reported more than 2,800 cases of lung injuries requiring hospitalization across all 50 states, and 68 deaths. EVALI,...

How Juul Created a Teen Vaping Epidemic

Juul Labs’ internal documents and statements by its founders reveal the e-cigarette manufacturer lifted trade secrets from Big Tobacco to market its highly addictive vaping products to youths as young as 8. The company’s deliberate marketing plan proved successful, doubling the size of the U.S. vaping market and dominating competitors in just three...

Vape school takes aim at e-cigarettes

Across the country, schools are struggling to curtail teen use of e-cigarettes. The sun is just about to make an appearance on a crisp February morning as a group of lethargic teens sits silent in a large room at R.G. Drage Career Center. One by one — almost if triggered by the one before —...

‘A world of hurt’: 39 states to investigate Juul’s marketing

A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas said they will lead the multi-state investigation into...

Mass. attorney general sues JUUL ‘for creating youth vaping epidemic’

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against the company she blames for starting the youth vaping epidemic. Healey's office filed a lawsuit against electronic cigarette manufacturer JUUL in Massachusetts Superior Court after an investigation into the company's sales and procedures that began in 2018. "JUUL bears responsibility for the millions of...

Undercover teens bust hundreds of Arizona stores selling vape products to minors

Undercover teens working with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office routinely find stores selling tobacco and vape products to minors, including repeat violators. Grocery stores, convenience stores and tobacco shops that are supposed to be gatekeepers of nicotine products are instead helping to usher in a teen vaping crisis. The 12 News I-Team analyzed state and...

Young people have moved on to a new kind of vape not covered by the flavor ban: disposables

Critics of the FDA policy think teens will switch to the cheaper disposables, which are widely available at many convenience stores The U.S. government on Thursday began enforcing restrictions on flavored electronic cigarettes aimed at curbing underage vaping. But some teenagers may be one step ahead of the rules. Parents, researchers and students warn that...

Teens Find a Big Loophole in the New Flavored Vaping Ban

The policy allows mint, dessert and fruit flavors to continue to be sold in disposable e-cigarettes, prompting many teens to switch from Juul to those devices. The Food and Drug Administration is banning most flavored e-cigarettes, but that isn’t keeping banana ice, sour gummy or cool mint out of the hands of McCracken County...

Factbox: U.S. lawsuits take aim at vaping

Several deaths and potentially hundreds of illnesses tied to e-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine vapor, often flavored, without smoking, have been reported by the U.S. public health agency. Lawsuits on behalf of young consumers have targeted leading e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. Altria, which holds a stake in Juul, said the number...

New Restrictions Are Aimed At Curbing Teen Vaping, Even As Mass. Teens Struggle To Quit

He’s felt angry and stressed. And for a while, his leg shook uncontrollably. But 14-year-old Colin Gabriel is determined to give up nicotine. “It’s very tough,” he said, “but I think, eventually, it could be doable.” A high school freshman from Bridgewater, Mass., Gabriel was hooked not by traditional cigarettes, but the electronic version preferred by his...

Social Media Helped Juul Dominate the Vaping Market. Now, Teens Are Using It to Help Each Other Quit

Juul Labs, the e-cigarette company so popular its name became a verb, wouldn’t be where it is without social media. In the company’s early years, a steady stream of posts from users and influencers helped turn Juul from a smoking alternative to a cultural phenomenon. So many Juul users—many of them teenagers—voluntarily posted...

Louisville Metro files lawsuit against JUUL for allegedly fueling vaping crisis that has teens addicted to nicotine

Louisville Metro Government has filed a federal lawsuit against JUUL Labs, the largest manufacturer, and seller of e-cigarettes and vaping products, for its role in fueling the community health crisis of nicotine addiction, allegedly among young people. The suit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under the...