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 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.
The New York Times: The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday declared that teenage use of electronic cigarettes has reached “an epidemic proportion,” and it put makers of the most popular devices on notice that they have just 60 days to prove they can keep their devices away from minors.
CNBC: JUUL looks like a sleek USB flash drive, its flavor pods are packed with nicotine and it is the latest trend in e-cigarettes. In the past year, San Francisco-based JUUL Labs has rapidly overtaken the U.S. e-cigarette market.
The New York Times: The e-cigarette company says it never sought teenage users, but the F.D.A. is investigating whether JUUL intentionally marketed its devices to youth.
USA Today: Teen vaping is at the tipping point before possible epidemic levels, federal officials and public health advocates agree, but they're feuding over how fast and far to go to rein in the booming electronic cigarette industry.
Newsweek: Vape titan JUUL said the company will launch a Bluetooth-linked vape in some Western European countries and Israel to bar student smokers. The redesigned JUUL, initially designed to track former smokers’ nicotine intake, could verify a user’s age to prevent minors.
WIRED Magazine: 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.
The New Yorker: 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, in Southwest Austin, holding a receipt for $62.95 and two crisp, white shrink-wrapped boxes.
CNN: The students wait eagerly for their teachers to turn their backs.
That's their cue to reach quietly for a small, sleek device they can easily conceal in their palms. It resembles a flash drive, but instead of computer files, this device stores nicotine.