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.
San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco’s upcoming ban on the sale of e-cigarettes will remain in place, as voters soundly rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have overturned the prohibition approved by the Board of Supervisors in June.
Time Magazine: To a remarkable degree, a single company is front and center in one of the biggest public-health crises facing the country: the sharp rise in vaping among teenagers and young adults.
New York Times: More than three-fourths of those sickened are male, health officials said, and half are under 25. Missouri reported the eighth death linked to vaping during this summer’s crisis.
CNBC: Juul has not complied with a Congressional probe, a House panel wrote in a letter to the company Wednesday.
NBC News: “Juul made my nicotine addiction a lot worse,” one user said.
NBC News: Doctors, major health groups and concerned parents reacted with shock and gratitude to the Trump administration's surprise announcement Wednesday that it plans to ban flavored electronic cigarettes.
New York Times: New York’s former mayor has committed $160 million to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid a series of efforts designed to increase oversight of the industry.
NY Daily News: Legislation wafting around the City Council would prohibit the sale of fruity, saccharine e-cigarette flavors. It’s got merit.
Wall Street Journal: Federal health authorities are urging people to stop using electronic cigarettes and other vaping products while they investigate the deaths of three more people from a mysterious vaping illness that researchers say may have affected 450 people around the U.S.
New York Times: 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.
Common Sense Media: Amid a Rising Addiction Epidemic Among Young People, Advocacy Group Will Push for Local, State, and Federal Legislation and Wage a National Public Education Campaign
New York Times: A surge of severe lung ailments has baffled doctors and public health experts.
Vice: The e-cigarette giant and the federal government aren't reacting quickly enough to signs vaping carries risks, critics charge.
Reuters: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it had identified 193 potential cases of severe lung illness tied to vaping in 22 states as of Aug. 22, including one adult in Illinois who died after being hospitalized.
NY Times: Sixteen states have now reported 153 cases of serious, vaping-related respiratory illnesses in the past two months, and many of the patients are teenagers or young adults.
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.