News from around the country about the dangers of e-cigarettes, the youth vaping epidemic and nicotine addiction, and the fight to keep JUUL and its copycats away away from kids.
CDC: The U.S. Center for Disease Control is providing consultation to the departments of health in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Indiana, and Minnesota about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette product use, or “vaping,” primarily among adolescents and young adults.
Washington Post: State and federal health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 14 states, many of them involving teens and young adults.
FDA: The FDA has become aware that some people who use e-cigarettes have experienced seizures, with most reports involving youth or young adult users.
Complex: Chance Ammirata shared images on Twitter that he says are pictures of his own collapsed lung and encouraged other people who regularly use the small vaporizers to consider quitting.
Herald Net: There’s increasing concern about vaping because of the surge in use among teens and young adults and new reports of health concerns that have accompanied the trend in use.
New York Times: The curriculum was created by Juul — maker of the very vaping devices that were causing the most alarm among parents, health experts and public officials.
CNN: Eight teens were hospitalized in July with seriously damaged lungs in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services reported Thursday. "We suspect that these injuries were caused by vaping," said Dr. Michael Gutzeit, chief medical officer at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin where the teens were admitted, at a press conference.
Reuters: Electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products are not helping fight cancer, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, urging smokers and governments not to trust claims from cigarette firms about their latest products.
CBS This Morning: Eight Wisconsin teenagers are in the hospital with severe lung damage. Doctors suspect it's from vaping, although it's not clear what they inhaled. This comes amid growing concerns surrounding vaping by teens. On Thursday, e-cigarette maker Juul responded to claims it marketed its products to young teenagers.
Reuters: E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc funded a “holistic health education” camp as part of efforts to market directly to school-aged children, members of a U.S. congressional panel said on Thursday, citing internal company documents.
San Francisco Chronicle: Executives of San Francisco vaping company Juul, appearing for the first time before Congress on Thursday, sought to convince lawmakers the company never meant to market its popular and addictive nicotine products to underage teens.
CNBC: Carl Quintanilla investigates the rapidly growing and controversial e-cigarette industry, a market expected to hit $9 billion by the end of 2019.
San Francisco Examiner: A showdown over San Francisco’s vaping sales ban is set for this November after the Department of Elections on Wednesday certified a ballot measure seeking to overturn the prohibition.
San Francisco Chronicle: As San Francisco’s city attorney, I sued the tobacco industry and won $500 million in damages for the massive harm caused by cigarettes. I also learned one big thing about Big Tobacco: Don’t believe a word they say.
LA Times: Two months after key lawmakers sidetracked a proposed ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in California, an influential state legislator has quietly introduced a less restrictive measure that some health groups say is designed to protect electronic-cigarette makers.
The Verge: San Francisco officials just banned the sale or distribution of e-cigarettes in the city unless they have FDA approval. The ban, which also affects some flavored tobacco products, adds to restrictions that the city put in place on flavored e-cigarettes last year...
KTVU News: The Livermore city council voted unanimously Monday night to ban all flavored tobacco products and vaping equipment like e-cigarettes. The ordinance requires that all tobacco sales must be at least 1,000 feet away from schools and youth organizations.
Bloomberg News: For the first time, public health officials will ask about JUUL by name in an annual youth tobacco survey. A language gap is making it harder for U.S. health officials to measure a teen-vaping epidemic. For some young people who use the popular vaping device sold by JUUL Labs Inc., “JUULing” is a verb in its own right
New York Times: For months, JUUL Labs has had a clear, unwavering message for officials in Washington: The e-cigarette giant is committed to doing all it can to keep its hugely popular vaping products away from teenagers.
USA Today: At least 35 people reported seizures after using electronic cigarettes over the past decade, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency is investigating the incidents, which primarily involved youth and young adults and were discovered in its "adverse event" reporting system.
Time: Jami Scheetz knew that her 15-year-old son, Devon, needed help. His grades were slipping and he had been caught vaping at school so many times that he was on the brink of being expelled. Last fall, at the start of his freshman year, Devon’s school even sent him to the hospital for drug testing after getting in trouble once again. In the emergency room, Devon finally admitted it: He was addicted. “He said to me, ‘Mom, I can’t quit on my own. I need help,'” Scheetz says.
The New York Post: Two chemicals found in two popular vaping flavors could destroy lung function, experts have warned.
The Harvard scientists’ findings have suggested that inhaling the popcorn- and caramel-flavored e-cigarette liquids could increase a vaper’s risk of respiratory diseases.
New England Journal of Medicine: Nicotine is amazingly addictive. About 20 years ago, researchers in a nearby laboratory were studying the effects of cigarette smoke on lung function in mice. To expose a mouse to cigarette smoke, the mouse is placed in a plastic tube, head out. The tube is positioned in a stream of smoke, which the mouse then breathes.
The New York Times: JUUL Labs, the company behind the insanely popular vaping device, has a message for the nation’s estimated 37.8 million adult smokers: It really, really, really cares about them. And it wants them (and onlythem — got that, teens?) to try vaping instead.
The Wall Street Journal: Luka Kinard started vaping shortly after he entered high school in 2017. Many other students were using a kind of e-cigarette called a JUUL—and he thought he would give it a try.
The New York Times: E-cigarettes may help tobacco smokers quit. But the alluring devices can swiftly induce a nicotine habit in teenagers who never smoked. This is the tale of one person’s struggle.
The New York Times: Warning that teenage use of electronic cigarettes has reached “an epidemic proportion,” the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave JUUL Labs and four other makers of popular vaping devices 60 days to prove they can keep them away from minors.
The Wall Street Journal: Warning that teenage use of electronic cigarettes has reached “an epidemic proportion,” the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave JUUL Labs and four other makers of popular vaping devices 60 days to prove they can keep them away from minors.
CNN: The leading maker of e-cigarettes, JUUL Labs, attempted to roll out an anti-vaping curriculum in schools earlier this year, offering school districts thousands of dollars and new technologies to implement it.