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Mass. attorney general sues JUUL ‘for creating youth vaping epidemic’

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against the company she blames for starting the youth vaping epidemic. Healey's office filed a lawsuit against electronic cigarette manufacturer JUUL in Massachusetts Superior Court after an investigation into the company's sales and procedures that began in 2018. "JUUL bears responsibility for the millions of...

Undercover teens bust hundreds of Arizona stores selling vape products to minors

Undercover teens working with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office routinely find stores selling tobacco and vape products to minors, including repeat violators. Grocery stores, convenience stores and tobacco shops that are supposed to be gatekeepers of nicotine products are instead helping to usher in a teen vaping crisis. The 12 News I-Team analyzed state and...

Pro-Vaping Instagram Posts Far Outweigh FDA’s ‘Not Very Popular’ E-Cigarette Awareness Campaign Hashtag

Despite efforts from health officials to raise awareness of the potential harms of vaping among young people, social media users are being exposed to a growing amount of pro e-cigarette content. That's according to researchers. Following a rise in school children saying they have used e-cigarettes—despite the harms nicotine can pose to the developing...

After FDA Crackdown on Juul, Disposable Knockoffs Take Over

Customers of Dallas vape shops looking for Mango Juul cartridges are finding empty shelves and heavy markups. Instead, they’re turning to Puff Bars, a nearly identical product that skirts the new rules by fusing the liquid-filled cartridge to the pen-sized stem. Users consume the liquid — which can last from a few days to...

San Diego Unified School District suing JUUL

The San Diego Unified School District is suing e-cigarette company JUUL, claiming its product “disrupts the education and learning environment across the district.” The lawsuit follows similar suits filed by school districts in Los Angeles, Glendale, Compton and Anaheim. The district is seeking an injunction and abatement to “stop the e-cigarette epidemic” which the district...

Arizona AG suing 2 vaping companies he says targeted youth

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Tuesday his office is suing two companies that manufacture vaping products, Juul and Eonsmoke. “We allege that they have contributed to the vaping epidemic that’s infiltrated our schools and are creating addiction problems for youth throughout the state,” he said at a press conference. Brnovich said the companies enticed...

Vaping ads often target bisexual women of color, study finds

While many recent studies are exploring why vaping has caused more than 2,409 individuals to experience a severe lung injury called EVALI, researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are looking into what motivated them to vape in the first place. The study, published in the British Medical Journal Thursday, specifically zeroed in on why three sexual...

Illinois sues Juul over marketing to minors

Illinois has become the latest state to sue the country’s biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Juul Labs Inc., used deceptive marketing practices to entice minors and misrepresented the amount of nicotine in its products. State Attorney General Kwame Raoul said the company designed its products to lure teens, making...

His lung collapsed after vaping. Now he wants to share his experience with students.

After his vaping addiction led to a collapsed lung, a Miami Beach Senior High School graduate quit using his e-cigarette and focused his attention on helping other young people kick the habit. Now he’s hoping his hometown leaders will collaborate with him to develop a holistic nicotine-prevention program in public schools in Miami Beach. Chance...

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....

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...

South Florida school district sues JUUL over teen vaping costs

The Palm Beach County School District is suing the JUUL electronic cigarette company, joining more than a dozen districts across the nation seeking to recover costs of combating the growing use of vaping products among teens. A federal lawsuit filed Friday in the Southern District of Florida demands compensation for “direct and consequential economic...

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...

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...

Apple to remove vaping apps from store

Amid growing health concerns over e-cigarettes, Apple will remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store this morning, Axios has learned. Why it matters: The move comes after at least 42 people have died from vaping-related lung illness, per the CDC. Most of those people had been using cartridges containing THC, though...

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....

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...

How Investigators Could Pursue a Case Against Juul

The rise of vaping-related illnesses and deaths has put Juul squarely in the government's sights. Juul has dominated the e-cigarette market in the United States through its sales of flavored nicotine products. Michigan, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have banned sales of flavored e-cigarettes, while a similar move by New York was temporarily blocked by...

Attorney general tackles youth vaping, warns retailers

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge launched an offensive against youth vaping on Monday -- the same day researchers in New York published the first study linking e-cigarette vapor to cancer in mice. The Republican attorney general issued an "enforcement advisory," warning online retailers that they stand to be fined up to $10,000 under the...

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...

Juul Is Sued by School Districts That Say Vaping Is a Dangerous Drain on Their Resources

The lawsuits accuse Juul of endangering students and forcing educators to divert time and money to fight an epidemic of nicotine addiction among teenagers. With school districts across the United States scrambling to reverse the rise of vaping among teenagers, three of them on Monday filed suit against Juul, the e-cigarette manufacturer, accusing it...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Juul Illegally Marketed E-Cigarettes, F.D.A. Says

The agency sent a warning letter to the company, saying it violated regulations by touting its vaping products as safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes. Juul Labs, the dominant e-cigarette company, illegally marketed its vaping products as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration said on Monday, casting a deepening...

School’s PSA to parents on identifying e-cigarettes goes viral: ‘You see this watch…it’s a vape’

A Texas high school is warning parents about their kids' incognito vaping habits. Petrolia CISD posted a video to their Facebook page showing they've already confiscated three vaping devices in a matter of eight school days. One of them was a watch with a vaping device hidden inside. A man off camera notes the school seized...

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...