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Critics Slam FDA, 'Predatory Industry' on Menthol E-Cigs

Parent, anti-smoking groups say first product of its kind will continue to encourage teen vaping

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes for adult smokers, acknowledging that vaping flavors can reduce the harms of traditional tobacco smoking. The FDA said it authorized four menthol e-cigarettes from NJOY, the vaping brand recently acquired by tobacco giant Altria, which also sells...

They Hide Smoking From Their Kids. Few Have Any Plans to Stop

Emily Gould talks to 'the moms who smoke in secret'

(Newser) - Their kids don't know. Often their friends don't know. Sometimes even their husbands don't know: These are, as the Cut puts it, "the moms who smoke in secret." Emily Gould spoke to a number of mothers who smoke or vape (or, in one case, chew...

High-Tech Spying in High Schools Busts Vapers

Students often aren't told of sensors, surveillance in school bathrooms

(Newser) - When Aaliyah Iglesias was caught vaping at a Texas high school, suddenly, the rest of her high school experience was threatened: being student council president, her role as debate team captain, and walking at graduation. Even her college scholarships. She was sent to the district's alternative school for 30...

CDC Report on Teen Vaping, Smoking: 'A Lot of Good News'

Number of high schoolers who vape drops from 14% to 10%

(Newser) - Fewer high school students are vaping this year, the government reported Thursday. In a survey, 10% of high school students said they had used electronic cigarettes in the previous month, down from 14% last year. Use of any tobacco product—including cigarettes and cigars—also fell among high schoolers, according...

Only 1 in 9 US Adults Still Smokes Cigarettes

Rate hit an all-time low last year

(Newser) - US cigarette smoking dropped to another all-time low last year, with 1 in 9 adults saying they were current smokers, according to government survey data released Thursday. Last year, the percentage of adult smokers dropped to about 11%, down from about 12.5% in 2020 and 2021. The survey findings...

Juul to Pay $438.5M to Settle Teen Vaping Probe

33 states were investigating the marketing of its high-nicotine vaping products

(Newser) - Electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs has agreed to pay nearly $440 million to settle a two-year investigation by 33 states into the marketing of its high-nicotine vaping products, which have long been blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced the deal Tuesday...

Juul Actually Doesn't Have to Pull Its E-Cigs Yet

FDA temporarily suspends its order banning the products

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration issued an administrative stay Tuesday on the order it issued last month for vaping company Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the market. The agency said on Twitter that the stay temporarily suspends the marketing denial order while it conducts further review, but does...

Report: FDA Plans to Ban Juul Products
FDA to Juul: Pull Your
E-Cigs Off the Market
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FDA to Juul: Pull Your E-Cigs Off the Market

Decision is a major blow to the vaping company

(Newser) - Update: This summary has been updated to reflect the FDA decision. The FDA on Thursday ordered Juul to take its e-cigs and other products off the market in the US, reports the New York Times , which describes it as a "profoundly damaging blow" to the company. The agency found...

Russia: We Have WNBA Star in Custody

Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner was reportedly detained last month for having 'vapes'

(Newser) - Russia says it arrested an American WNBA star last month on drug charges, and a law enforcement official who spoke to the Russian news agency Tass says it's the Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner. Per an Interfax release , the nation's Federal Customs Service says that in February, a...

A Big First for FDA on E-Cigarettes
A Big First for FDA
on E-Cigarettes

A Big First for FDA on E-Cigarettes

Agency authorizes one to stay on the market

(Newser) - For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized an electronic cigarette, saying the vaping device from RJ Reynolds can help smokers cut back on conventional cigarettes. E-cigarettes have been sold in the US for more than a decade with minimal government oversight or research. Facing a...

With Students at Home, Teen Vaping Plunges

The question is whether rates will climb as schools reopen

(Newser) - Teen vaping plummeted in the US this year as many students were forced to learn from home during the pandemic, according to a government report released Thursday. Health officials urged caution in interpreting the numbers, which were collected through an online questionnaire for the first time, the AP reports. But...

Ahead of Major Trial, an E-Cig Maker Settles

Juul will pay North Carolina $40M over allegations it went after teens in ads

(Newser) - Remember when Juul was everywhere, and all the kids thought it was cool? So does the state of North Carolina, which sued the vape pod company in 2019. Now, Juul has agreed to pay $40 million over six years to settle that lawsuit just before it was set to go...

For the Young, Vaping Brings Much Higher COVID Risk
Another Risk Factor
for COVID: Vaping
new study

Another Risk Factor for COVID: Vaping

Young people's survey answers show smoking makes them much more vulnerable to virus

(Newser) - Researchers were not surprised when a survey showed that using e-cigarettes puts young people at greater risk from COVID-19. But they weren't prepared for the depth of the risk they found. Vapers age 13-24 were five times as likely to test positive for the coronavirus, Stanford University researchers say....

It's Not a Good Time to Smoke Anything: Experts

Lungs need clean air during a pandemic

(Newser) - Anytime is a good time to stop smoking or vaping, but health experts say this moment would be especially beneficial. "Quitting during this pandemic could not only save your life, but by preventing the need for your treatment in a hospital, you might also save someone else’s life,...

Teen Babysitters Face Charges After Video of Toddler Vaping

'I'm disgusted,' the little boy's mom says

(Newser) - A disturbing Snapchat video showing a toddler vaping has led to the arrest of two teens. Per WPXI , authorities say a 17-year-old babysitter and an 18-year-old woman who was with her were watching a 2-year-old boy at a home in St. Clair Township, Pa., on Jan. 9 when one or...

Trump's Vaping Crackdown Has Big Exceptions

Menthol, tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes can still be sold

(Newser) - US health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-delivery devices. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors...

Do You Smoke? U-Haul Doesn't Want You
U-Haul to Stop Hiring Smokers

U-Haul to Stop Hiring Smokers

Company will stop interviewing, hiring anyone who uses nicotine

(Newser) - U-Haul International has announced plans to stop interviewing and hiring nicotine users, including people who use e-cigarettes and vaping products, the AP reports. The well-known truck and trailer rental company approved the nicotine-free policy set to go into effect Feb. 1 in more than 20 states where the company operates,...

Trump Promises New Strategy on Underage Vaping

Flavor may be removed from market temporarily

(Newser) - President Trump says the federal government will soon announce a new strategy to tackle underage vaping, promising, "We're going to protect our families, we’re going to protect our children, and we’re going to protect the industry." Trump was vague about what the plan would entail...

Juul Wants People to Vape, but Not at Its Own Office

Wall Street Journal reports that workers won't stop, despite company crackdown

(Newser) - An odd story about Juul and vaping is in the news Monday: The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is in the unusual position of trying to convince its own workers to stop vaping at the office. However, Juul is apparently not having much luck on that front. “...

Rise in Teen Marijuana Vaping Is Eye-Popping

Percentage of 12th graders who tried it over the past year nearly doubles

(Newser) - The good news is that teen alcohol, cigarette, and hard-drug usage is down. But the flip side of the coin is that marijuana and nicotine vaping are sharply up. The National Institute on Drug Abuse's annual Monitoring the Future survey gathers the responses of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders,...

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