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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Formaldehyde in Your E-Cigs

Recently, there has been a shift away from calling e-cigarettes “e-cigs.” In public health circles, people now tend to call them by what they do: deliver nicotine to the inhaler. Thus, the term Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, ENDS for short, has come into vogue. But I have a problem with that name. Nicotine isn’t...

E-cigarettes don’t need nicotine to be toxic

Vaped liquids produce gases that can damage and kill human cells Think electronic cigarettes without nicotine are harmless? Think again. A new study shows that the flavorings in e-cigs can harm human infection-fighting cells. E-cigarettes work by heating a flavored liquid to make a mist that users inhale, or “vape.” These flavored liquids, called e-liquids,...

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...

E-cigarette studies bust safety myth

Two new studies on e-cigarettes showed they contain cancer-causing chemicals and are associated with future cigarette smoking in teens. University of California, San Francisco researchers who authored the studies raised concerns about the attractiveness of e-cigarettes to youths in light of the growing evidence they are unsafe. E-cigarettes and toxic compounds For the study “Adolescent Exposure...

Bad News: Your E-Cig Vapors Might Contain Lead

A new study found toxic levels of metals, including lead, in e-cigarette vapors Lots of questions still linger about e-cigarettes, including just what you’re breathing in when you vape. New study findings show that the vapors from a variety of devices contain potentially toxic levels of metals, including lead. The study comes on the heels...

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...

E-cigarette liquids may increase risk of allergy, asthma

According to researchers, the sample liquid they tested contained at least one substance that has some level of risk to health according to the United Nations classification system. LONDON: Commonly sold e-cigarette liquids contain at least one substance classified as a health risk, such as those capable of causing asthma and allergy symptoms, researchers...