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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...

‘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...

Cinnabon sues Las Vegas vape company over trademark use

As health concerns over vaping continue to grow amid skyrocketing use by young people, mall food court giant Cinnabon is suing a Las Vegas-based company for using its sticky-sweet brand name on some vape products. Cinnabon, famous for its cinnamon rolls often sold in mall food courts across America, filed a federal lawsuit in...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Schumer Calls for FDA Ban on Candy-Flavor E-Cigarettes

Senator Chuck Schumer is asking the Food and Drug Administration to fully regulate vapor products, including a call for a ban of fruit and candy e-cigarette flavors. "The FDA needs to be the adult in the room and put an end to these cynical marketing ploys," Schumer said at a news conference.  His stance is that...

E-cigarette flavors like ‘chocolate fudge’ and ‘cinnamon muffin’ are TOXIC to human cells, study finds

The e-cigarette industry has garnered billions of consumers with fun flavors - the cherry on top of tantalizing promises that the devices are safer than tobacco. Chocolate Fudge, Berry Splash, and Blueberry Cinnamon-Streusel Muffin are just a few of the options, promoting the experience from harmless to (arguably) delicious. However, a new study by the...

Scientists Identify 3 Very Toxic Vape Juice Flavors

Unfortunately, they're pretty common. Vapers have long claimed that using e-cigarettes is safer than smoking tobacco, and they’re right … mostly. Earlier in January, public health experts weighed in on the issue, saying that, while vaping is indeed safer than smoking, it can increase teens’ risk of smoking cigarettes. But just because vaping is safer...

Some E-Cigarette Flavors May Be More Harmful Than Others

It’s difficult for researchers to uncover what even goes into different vape juices. In the 1990s, several employees of a Missouri popcorn factory began reporting mysterious symptoms. They were always tired, wheezing, and out of breath. After doctors found scar tissue inside the factory workers’ lungs, they diagnosed the workers with an irreversible lung...