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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...

New bill aims to cap nicotine levels in e-cigarettes

Restriction would make them less addictive US Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi announced new legislation Monday that would put a cap the concentration of nicotine in e-cigarette products. The newly introduced bill would restrict nicotine content to no more than 20 milligrams per milliliter "to make them significantly less addictive and appealing to youth," according to an...

Researchers find e-cigarettes cause lung cancer in mice in first study tying vaping to cancer

E-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice, damaging their DNA and leading researchers at New York University to conclude that vaping is likely “very harmful” to humans as well. “It’s foreseeable that if you smoke e-cigarettes, all kinds of disease comes out” over time, Moon-Shong Tang, the study’s lead researcher,...

Fort Atkinson teen talks about near-death experience with vaping

Doctors with the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison treated their first vaping patient in the pediatric intensive care unit. The 16-year-old boy talked about his near-death experience Thursday morning, along with his care team. "I am just one of many teenagers who used to Juul," Logan Krahn said about his experience with vaping. Juul is...

FTC orders Juul, R.J. Reynolds, other vaping companies to provide key documents

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday ordered six vaping companies to turn over documents detailing their business practices, marketing materials and financial performance. The move comes amid growing scrutiny of the health consequences of e-cigarettes, including a criminal investigation by the Food and Drug Administration into a recent spike of vaping-related illnesses. The FTC targeted the...

‘A direct, toxic chemical injury’: What vaping does to the lungs

Despite the recent surge in vaping-related illnesses, doctors suspect they've seen such cases in the past. Toxic chemical burns may be behind the hundreds of vaping-linked illnesses spiking across the country, according to new images of lung tissue taken from people who got sick after vaping. The images and resulting analysis from pathologists were published...

Kids in Kansas are eating vaping cartridges, drinking liquid nicotine, poison control center says

As health officials across the country grapple to find the cause behind some 805 cases of e-cigarette-linked lung illnesses, doctors in Kansas — which has seen at least two vaping-related deaths — are seemingly dealing with something new: Kids eating vaping cartridges. Officials at the University of Kansas Health System's Poison Control Center told KMBC News they’ve...

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...

Vaping illnesses top 800, CDC confirms

Hundreds of other cases remain under investigation, as death toll rises to at least 14. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 805 of the more than 1,000 cases of lung injury illnesses under investigation across the nation. That's a jump from the 530 cases the CDC reported last week, reflecting a fast-moving...

Kennedy calls vaping illnesses ‘a catastrophic regulatory failure’ and questions federal health officials about how we got here

US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III called the vaping-related illnesses that have affected at least 530 people nationwide a “catastrophic regulatory failure” at a hearing Wednesday, urging federal health officials to move quickly to determine what is making people sick. “How did we get to a point where we’ve got now a widely used...

North Texas father of 3 warning others about vaping risks

The nationwide death toll in the growing lung illness epidemic related to vaping has risen to at least 11. Health officials in Florida and Georgia reported the states' first deaths on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the leader in the vaping market is experiencing a major shakeup. Juul's CEO has stepped down and the company announced it will stop...

Early Signs of Vaping Health Risks Were Missed or Ignored

Doctors and researchers scattered around the globe saw problems, but ‘nobody put two and two together’ Scientists, regulators and e-cigarette proponents missed, ignored or downplayed signs that vaping could significantly damage the lungs for nearly a decade, a review of medical literature, government documents and interviews with doctors shows. At least 15 incidents of lung...

Portland Research Shows Vaping Illness May Not Be New

Cathy Markin is a lung doctor at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. In 2011 she had a 42-year-old patient who came to her with serious breathing problems. She had suffered from a cough and a fever. She had also vaped for about seven months. Markin looked at the fluid in the patient’s lungs and diagnosed lipoid...

St. Petersburg woman blames lung illness on vaping

A Bay Area woman was released from the hospital Tuesday after she came down with a serious illness she believes is the result of vaping. Madison Massey, 20, said she started feeling sick Sept. 9. Antibiotics didn't work so she checked herself into Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg early Saturday morning. "I felt like I...

Carcinogen Found in Menthol E-Cigarettes

As doctors race to determine what is causing sudden and severe lung illnesses among some vapers, new research discovers dangerously high levels of a known carcinogen in menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes. The chemical (pulegone) is used as a menthol and mint flavoring, even though it was recently banned in foods, the researchers said. "If pulegone is...

Vaping mom left in coma from mystery lung illness

A Texas mom of three says that her vaping habit was to blame for a mysterious lung illness that left her in a coma. Sherie Canada of Abilene took to social media after a 24-day hospital stint to warn others that e-cigarettes “nearly killed” her. “You have no idea of how precious [your lungs] are...

Inside the vaping health crisis that’s gripping New York

St. John’s University student Taylor Healey was puffing on an e-cigarette one night in February when she suddenly became violently ill. Healey, 21, said she’d taken between 25 and 35 puffs of a mint-flavored Juul pod while hanging out with friends near the school’s Jamaica, Queens, campus when her mouth started to water and...

After just three months of vaping, Jacksonville teen hospitalized with holes in his lungs

Officials call rise in youth vaping throughout Florida an “epidemic.” In Jacksonville, one teen was hospitalized for his vaping addiction and the harm it caused to his lungs. Dallas Pantazi’s deep, brassy cough echoes through his hospital room. The 17-year-old has been at Wolfson Children’s Hospital since Tuesday because of his vaping addiction and the...

New research offers clues to the effects of vaping

There are new clues in the lab about why people are getting hooked to e-cigarettes and what makes it so dangerous. A study at Yale University looked at the impact of flavored e-cigarettes and vape oil on young people, and how it leads them to nicotine addiction. "As far as why they like the flavorings, they...

Minnesota father hopes son’s vaping injury will warn others

Vaping-associated injury has caused 21-year-old Augsburg University student to be in intensive care and on mechanical ventilation for 11 days. Sedric McClure was hopeful after walking the halls of Maple Grove Hospital with his son, Elijah, who had been admitted with chest pain and nausea that had a suspected link to vaping. Dragging an...

Hawaii May Have Its First Vaping-Related Illness

The first respiratory illness appearing to be related to e-cigarette use has led a Hawaii minor to be hospitalized. Following a mysterious outbreak of vaping-linked illnesses and deaths on the mainland over the past few months, Hawaii health officials are investigating the first severe respiratory illness possibly related to e-cigarette use. The Hawaii island minor...

Hoosier’s lung injury believed to be vaping-related

Officials confirmed an Indiana resident died from a severe lung injury caused by vaping on Friday — the first vaping-related death in the state. The state is currently investigating 30 cases of severe lung injury connected to vaping. The majority of which have occurred in people ages 16 to 29. A Crawfordsville man...

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...

Mysterious vaping illness characterized by fat-laden cells in the lung

Doctors have identified a previously unrecognized characteristic of the vaping-related respiratory illness that has been emerging in clusters across the U.S. in recent months. Within the lungs of these patients are large immune cells containing numerous oily droplets, called lipid-laden macrophages. The finding may allow doctors to definitively diagnose the nascent syndrome more quickly...

Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illness Surge, Health Officials Say

Indiana announced a third death linked to the illness on Friday, and Minnesota a fourth. State and federal health officials are working urgently to understand the causes. Medical experts and federal health officials on Friday warned the public about the dangers of vaping and discouraged using the devices as the number of people with...

Parents: Our Daughter Nearly Died From Vaping

Piper Johnson’s plans to start college and move in to her dorm were quickly derailed when what she thought was a case of bronchitis turned into a near-death experience. She and her parents left New Lenox, Illinois, heading for Colorado and college when Piper began coughing and complaining of pain trying to take a...

Vitamin E now a focus of the investigation into some vaping illnesses

"We urge the public to be vigilant about any vaping products," say health investigators. Vitamin E acetate is now a focus of the investigation into vaping-related respiratory illnesses that have sickened 34 people in New York, state health officials say. As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 361 confirmed or suspected cases reported by state...

Vaping May Also Put Women’s Fertility at Risk

A study finds that the nicotine and flavorings in vapes affect eggs in ways that would make it more difficult to conceive. Many experts have considered vaping a much safer alternative to smoking, urging people—pregnant people included—to use e-cigarettes instead of real cigarettes; after 15 years on the market, millions of Americans are daily...

Vaping May Hamper the Lungs’ Ability to Fend off Infections

A study in mice finds that inhaling the vapor from an e-cigarette—no nicotine needed—raised their odds of dying after exposure to the flu virus. A lot of otherwise healthy-seeming high schoolers and young adults are getting very sick. Since June, 28 cases of a mystery respiratory illness have been reported in Utah. Wisconsin has...

Vaping nearly kills Delaware County teen, doctors say

Eddie Sullivan of Aston, Pennsylvania, was just like other teens--he played football, hung out with friends, and fell victim to peer pressure. "I don't know what's in them, and I just did it because everybody was doing them." Sullivan had been vaping for nearly a year; he claims he stopped two to three months before...

Teen says using unregulated vaping products almost killed him

Vaping is a popular trend among teenagers, but some are worried it can lead to negative side effects. Michigan became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to prevent young people from using them. The Herdman family is now fighting for more regulation in Pennsylvania after their son, Caleb...

The Mysterious Vaping Illness That’s ‘Becoming an Epidemic’

A surge of severe lung ailments has baffled doctors and public health experts. An 18-year-old showed up in a Long Island emergency room, gasping for breath, vomiting and dizzy. When a doctor asked if the teenager had been vaping, he said no. The patient’s older brother, a police officer, was suspicious. He rummaged through the...

Vaping habit caused Delco teen’s severe lung illness, family warns

Doctors placed Broomall teen in medically-induced coma A Delaware County teenager reportedly has been placed in a medically-induced coma for a severe lung illness possibly linked to his vaping habit. Kevin Boclair, 19, of Broomall, is connected to a heart/lung machine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and may need a lung transplant,...