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People who vape are twice as likely to be depressed, study finds

People who vape nicotine are twice as likely to be depressed as those who don’t, according to a study published Wednesday that sheds further light on an addictive product that has seen a dramatic rise in popularity. Nicotine’s connection to mental health problems has long been established, but little is known about the mental...

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...

Vape juice can kill kids. A vaping law’s slow rollout left them at risk of nicotine poisoning.

Federal regulators this year stepped up efforts to protect young children from a deadly vaping threat: accidents involving liquid nicotine in bottles with enticing candy colors and flavors. In February, the Consumer Product Safety Commission sent out notices about a safety requirement that it had previously ignored. In addition to child-resistant caps, vape juice...

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...

Trump proposes minimum age of 21 for buying vaping products

President Donald Trump said on Friday his administration would propose a minimum age of 21 for the purchase of e-cigarette products. The president made the comment during a robust "listening" session at the White House with vaping industry executives, public health advocates, as well as some members of Congress and the Administration. Trump, who earlier expressed support for a ban on non-tobacco 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...

Trump backs off flavored vape ban he once touted

Everything seemed ready to go: President Trump’s ban on most flavored e-cigarettes had been cleared by federal regulators. Officials were poised to announce they would order candy, fruit and mint flavors off the market within 30 days — a step the president had promised almost two months earlier to quell a youth vaping epidemic that...

‘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...

ER doctor calls for kids to stop vaping, as CDC points to potential culprit behind illnesses

At least 42 people have died as a result of vaping-related illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this week as health officials upped the number of confirmed and probable lung injury cases to 2,172 as of Nov. 13. Additionally, for the first time, the CDC identified vitamin E acetate as the potential ingredient causing the illnesses. Dr....

What Is Popcorn Lung, and Can You Get It from Vaping?

Popcorn lung is scarier than it sounds, and there's a chance you can get it from JUUL. The explosion of JUUL's popularity is just one part of the rise of e-cigarettes, particularly among American teens. But with the resurgence of smoking—even in "e" form—comes the rise of vaping-related illness. There have been more than 1,600 cases...

‘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...

CDC says vaping lung illness cases now top 2,000

A vaping-related lung disease has sickened at least 2,051 people and killed 39, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Health officials are calling the disease EVALI, short for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury. Doctors started noticing the illness in the spring before the outbreak ramped up over the...

Vaping not worth potential heart risk, researchers say

Science hasn’t yet caught up with electronic cigarettes, leaving health care providers and users with many unknowns. But a new review of the research so far finds growing evidence that vaping can harm the heart and blood vessels. “Many people think these products are safe, but there is more and more reason to worry...

Vaping Crisis: What a single puff could do to your lungs

What exactly happens to your body when you vape? Cardiac Surgeon Lucian Durham warns inhaling a single puff from a vape could make you his next patient at Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin. The lung damage he has seen in patients is the equivalent to someone smoking cigarettes for decades. "It literally can kill you...

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...

Seattle Man Dies Suddenly After Vaping E-Cigarettes

A Seattle man died suddenly last week after using an electronic cigarette he purchased in Oregon, according to a new story from the Herald and News in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Hadynn Outcalt-Arends, 23, died Wednesday after he was reportedly found gasping for breath. The man’s grandmother, Robin Hurt, told the Herald and News that...

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...

Montana doctor shows what vaping can do to the lungs

With recent vaping injuries and deaths in the headlines, MTN News stopped by Billings Clinic to speak to a pulmonologist to find out what is happening inside the body when someone vapes. "So anytime you inhale something into your lungs, your lungs have an immune system inside of it just like the rest of...

Behind The Scenes Of CDC’s Vaping Investigation

When the first cases of vaping-related lung injuries came to the attention of scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this summer, they knew this was a potential curveball. Disease detectives, more accustomed to stopping food-borne illnesses or tracking the annual influenza cycle, realized that they'd need a unique approach to take...

Your Vape Litter Is Becoming an Environmental Disaster

Anyone who’s participated in a beach cleanup is familiar with the classic cup of cigarette butts. The collection of nasty, soggy, chemically remains of cigarettes is the top item—often numbering in the thousands per cleanup—found in the sand in many parts of the U.S. along with other bits of plastic pollution. But habits are...

Doctors show how vaping THC damages lungs, as illnesses rise nationwide

The number of life-threatening lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes has risen to 1,604 nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most cases involve THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces a high. However, a minority of patients have reported vaping only nicotine. Thursday, the CDC updated its count of confirmed and...