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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...

Juul went into a ninth-grade classroom and called its device ‘totally safe,’ teens testify

A Juul representative repeatedly told a ninth-grade classroom that the company's e-cigarette was "totally safe" before showing underage students the device, according to two teenagers who testified under oath to Congress on Wednesday. The comments came at the first of two hearings organized by the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy to...

Juul’s New Marketing Is Straight Out of Big Tobacco’s Playbook

The e-cigarette giant is relying on some awfully familiar tactics to distinguish its products. Out of a firestorm of controversy over teen nicotine use, Juul Labs emerged in January with a newly sober and adult marketing identity. Forget the fruit-flavored vaping pods, the colorful ads populated with young models, the viral Instagram and Facebook...

Congressman is latest to announce probe into leading vaping company Juul

US Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi is the latest lawmaker to announce an investigation into leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs, probing the impact of its marketing and business dealings on the "youth e-cigarette epidemic." The Illinois Democrat, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, asked the company to "provide memoranda and communications regarding...

Students file lawsuit against e-cigarette makers

Two students - at the University of Alabama and Auburn University - have filed a class-action lawsuit against the makers of e-cigarettes, saying the products “prey on youth to recruit replacement smokers for financial gain.” The suit, filed May 22 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama West Division, lists Juul...

North Carolina sues Juul, setting up a fresh legal fight for the embattled e-cigarette company

North Carolina Attorney General Joshua Stein filed a lawsuit Wednesday against popular e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, making it the first state to take legal action against the company. The suit, filed in state court, alleges that Juul caused addiction in consumers by “deceptively downplaying the potency and danger of the nicotine” and employed advertising...

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...

Juul ramped up nicotine levels, and competitors followed, study says

Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs spurred a "widespread rush" of companies seeking to boost their own nicotine concentrations in order to mirror Juul's success, according to a paper published Thursday in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control. When Juul released its original 5% nicotine pods in the United States in 2015, the majority of competing...

Back-to-school smoking: Juul Labs e-cigarette sales growth vexes teachers

At Jonathan Law High School, a mysteriously large number of students last year spent copious amounts of time in the bathroom. Noticing students were disappearing for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, teachers at the Milford, Connecticut, school brought the issue to principal Fran Thompson. The bathrooms would become "little tent cities," Thompson said, with...

How Juul made nicotine go viral

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFOpoKBUyok[/embed] Juul, the USB drive–shaped e-cigarette gaining popularity among American youth, is a potent nicotine delivery device. But on the outside, it really doesn’t look like one. Instead, it looks like a tech gadget. It’s discreet, intuitive, and comes in brightly colored flavors that mirror “collect them all” designs in kids’ products. And while those...

Juul and the vape debate: Choosing between smokers and teens

The year was 2004, and James Monsees and Adam Bowen couldn't stop taking smoking breaks during a brainstorming session for their joint master's thesis at Stanford University's design school. It was during one of these breaks that they decided: Why not create a better way to deliver nicotine? Eleven years later, they unveiled Juul,...

AG Healey Announces Investigation into JUUL, Other Online E-Cigarette Retailers Over Marketing and Sale to Minors

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OUJYThDCWs[/embed] Boston — Attorney General Maura Healey announced today that her office is investigating JUUL Labs, Inc. and other online e-cigarette retailers that sell JUUL and JUUL-compatible products over concerns about the marketing and sale of electronic smoking devices and products to minors. The AG’s Office also sent cease and desist demands to two online...

Users Sue Juul for Addicting Them to Nicotine

Juul Labs, the San Francisco-based e-cigarette company, is under pressure from parents, schools, public health advocates, lawmakers, and the Food and Drug Administration for its popularity with younger users, who have gravitated to Juul’s discrete rechargeable vaping device and nicotine pods in flavors like mango and fruit medley. Now come the lawsuits. Since April,...

Juul, the vape device teens are getting hooked on, explained

If you’ve seen people sucking on USB flash drives, they’re probably “Juuling.” Elijah Stewart first heard about the Juul three years ago, during his sophomore year of high school. Many of his friends had started sucking on the e-cigarette that resembles a USB flash drive. It was suddenly a lot more socially acceptable, even cool,...

The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul

Teens have taken a technology that was supposed to help grownups stop smoking and invented a new kind of bad habit, molded in their own image. If I get addicted to vaping, I thought, in March, I will always remember this Texas strip mall. I was walking out of a store called Smoke-N-Chill Novelties,...