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The vaping panic is looking eerily like the start of a new drug war

The vaping “epidemic” is really a classic moral panic fuelled by sensationalistic media reports that ignored evidence and exacerbated by opportunistic politicians. Legal nicotine vapes almost certainly had nothing to do with the spate of vaping-related illnesses last year, and the increase in teen vaping corresponds with a massive historic […]
The vaping panic is looking eerily like the start of a new drug war
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Vaping may feed lung disease-causing bacteria just like smoking

A new study, published today in the journal Respiratory Research, suggests vaping is just as bad for a person’s lung health as traditional smoking when it comes to its affect on lung bacteria. The study’s researchers exposed four different strains of lung disease-causing bacteria to cigarette smoke from Marlboro Red […]
Vaping may feed lung disease-causing bacteria just like smoking
Tech

Apple bans all vaping apps from the App Store

Apple is banning all 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store, according to a report from Axios, with the ban coming into force Friday. The tech giant’s decision comes amid increasing public concern over the health risks posed by e-cigarettes. A report published Thursday by the US Centres for Disease […]
Apple bans all vaping apps from the App Store
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9 alarming facts about the vaping illness epidemic

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that 34 people have died so far from vaping-related illnesses. The median age of the people who have treated for vaping-related illnesses is 23, alarming health professionals. Here are nine alarming facts about vaping and the health risks it has […]
9 alarming facts about the vaping illness epidemic
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Banning legitimate vaping is ‘absolute madness’

All panics begin with a rational fear that quickly turns dangerously irrational. The bans on legal nicotine vaping products in the US is an example of such a panic. It doesn’t seem to matter that nearly all of the vaping-related illnesses have reportedly been tied to black market THC vaping […]
Banning legitimate vaping is ‘absolute madness’
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Kids as young as 11 are vaping. A paediatrician says the habit could permanently stunt their brain development.

Vaping-related illnesses are sweeping the nation, and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention anticipates the total number of cases to increase “considerably” in the coming months. The majority of publicly known cases involve middle-aged people, high-schoolers, and college-aged students, but younger adolescents are also using vapes. Vaping nicotine could […]
Kids as young as 11 are vaping. A paediatrician says the habit could permanently stunt their brain development.
Tech

Bots spammed millions of posts on Twitter promoting vaping. Now, Congress is investigating whether vape companies like Juul were behind it.

Congress is investigating whether e-cigarette manufacturers paid for bots to spam social media with pro-vaping posts. Researchers found out earlier this year that hundreds of thousands of social-media posts promoting vaping most likely came from bot accounts, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The bot activity may have been an […]
Bots spammed millions of posts on Twitter promoting vaping. Now, Congress is investigating whether vape companies like Juul were behind it.
Lifestyle

Juul is cutting 500 jobs by the end of the year, and its cofounders have both lost their billionaire status after less than 10 months in the 3-comma club

Juul is planning to lay off between 10% and 15% of its workforce by the end of 2019, The Wall Street Journal’s Jennifer Maloney reported on Monday. A recent slash of Juul‘s valuation stripped cofounders Adam Bowen and James Monsees of their billionaire status, Forbes’ Sergei Klebnikov reported October 4. […]
Juul is cutting 500 jobs by the end of the year, and its cofounders have both lost their billionaire status after less than 10 months in the 3-comma club
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Critics are slamming Walmart for dropping vaping products while continuing to sell cigarettes, but the company may have just avoided a regulatory nightmare

Walmart said Friday that it planned to stop selling all e-cigarettes and vaping products. Critics are questioning why Walmart would exit the e-cigarette category while continuing to sell traditional cigarettes. Walmart’s decision appears to be tied more to regulatory issues than health concerns, with an increasing number of lawmakers considering […]
Critics are slamming Walmart for dropping vaping products while continuing to sell cigarettes, but the company may have just avoided a regulatory nightmare
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Walmart is ending sales of vaping products as Trump pushes e-cigarette crackdown

Walmart is ending sales of electronic nicotine delivery products, such as vapes and e-cigarettes. The retail giant said on Friday that it will exit the category due to “regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes.” President Donald Trump has said he is pushing to ban flavored e-cigs. Officials recently confirmed eight […]
Walmart is ending sales of vaping products as Trump pushes e-cigarette crackdown
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Trump pushes forward a vaping ban that would make flavored e-cigs illegal

On Wednesday, President Trump held a policy meeting at the White House to discuss national vaping guidelines. The Trump administration is preparing to ban the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol flavours, across the US. The meeting comes after more than 450 people have been hospitalized and […]
Trump pushes forward a vaping ban that would make flavored e-cigs illegal
Lifestyle

No one knows why vapes are leading to lung injury and death, but a lung doctor says formaldehyde and a chemical used in weed killer may be partially to blame

As of September 24, 805 possible vape-related respiratory illness cases have been reported from 46 states, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement. Twelve have resulted in death. Officials in Illinois reported the first death from a vaping-related lung injury […]
No one knows why vapes are leading to lung injury and death, but a lung doctor says formaldehyde and a chemical used in weed killer may be partially to blame
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7 out of 10 smokers say they might switch to vaping if they had more information — but Australia’s strict rules even dictate what you can say about e-cigarettes

68% of smokers say they would be open to switching to so-called “better alternatives” like e-cigarettes if they had more information about them, according to new research from tobacco company Philip Morris. Just 43% of Australian smokers surveyed by Philip Morris feel they had all the information they need to […]
7 out of 10 smokers say they might switch to vaping if they had more information — but Australia’s strict rules even dictate what you can say about e-cigarettes
Lifestyle

The FDA demanded 44 vape pod types be removed from store shelves after finding they were illegally sold. Vaping has been recently linked to lung infections and seizures.

The Food and Drug Administration told the manufacturers of 44vape pod and hookah products they must stop selling the items immediately. The FDA found these products were being illegally sold since the FDA never authorised them. The FDA said this announcement is part of an “ongoing, aggressive effort to investigate […]
The FDA demanded 44 vape pod types be removed from store shelves after finding they were illegally sold. Vaping has been recently linked to lung infections and seizures.
Tech

Juul targeted kids in its advertising and told high-school students its e-cigs were ‘totally safe,’ according to congressional testimony

Juul executives and health advocates appeared at a congressional hearing this week on the e-cigarette company’s role in marketing its products to teens. The hearing’s testimony included claims that a Juul representative once visited a high-school classroom and told students that Juul e-cigarettes were “totally safe,” according to a memo […]
Juul targeted kids in its advertising and told high-school students its e-cigs were ‘totally safe,’ according to congressional testimony
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E-cigarette advocates are furious about San Francisco’s new ban, and a public health official said it’s an ‘ideological vendetta’ that will ultimately hurt smokers

San Francisco officials passed an e-cigarette ban on Tuesday, outlawing the tobacco devices from being sold in stores or shipped to the city. E-cigarette advocates are angry about the ban, saying it takes away a smoking cessation method many former cigarette smokers use to manage the addiction. The city also […]
E-cigarette advocates are furious about San Francisco’s new ban, and a public health official said it’s an ‘ideological vendetta’ that will ultimately hurt smokers
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San Francisco’s most popular e-cigarette brand Juul may have pushed rival brands to compete in a ‘nicotine arms race.’ Now all e-cigs are banned in the city.

On Tuesday, San Francisco officials voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes. The first-of-its-kind ban applies to in-store sales and online purchases that are shipped to the city, Bloomberg reported. In March, former Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb said he would spend his remaining time in office cracking […]
San Francisco’s most popular e-cigarette brand Juul may have pushed rival brands to compete in a ‘nicotine arms race.’ Now all e-cigs are banned in the city.
Lifestyle

More than 450 potential cases of vaping-related lung illness have been reported across the U.S. Vaping marijuana is still typically safer than smoking it.

On Friday, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 450 “possible cases” of vaping-related lung illnesses have been reported so far, both from nicotine and cannabis-containing vapes. Four people have died, and there may be another death under investigation. There are a variety of ways to consume […]
More than 450 potential cases of vaping-related lung illness have been reported across the U.S. Vaping marijuana is still typically safer than smoking it.
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Juul to its employees: No more vaping at your desk

Juul told its employees on Dec. 11 that California-based employees can no longer vape at their desks, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The company, based in San Francisco, is enforcing a 2016 California law in which e-cigarettes are banned in the workplace. Juul will erect a tent outside […]
Juul to its employees: No more vaping at your desk
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See how Juul turned teens into influencers and threw buzzy parties to fuel its rise as Silicon Valley’s favourite e-cig company

Stanford researchers have unveiled a trove of images from ads that the Silicon Valley e-cigarette startup Juul used to market its flash-drive-esque devices. The company, recently valued at $US15 billion, faces a growing backlash from public-health experts and scientists who worry about its skyrocketing popularity among young people. Juul maintains […]
See how Juul turned teens into influencers and threw buzzy parties to fuel its rise as Silicon Valley’s favourite e-cig company
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$15 billion startup Juul used ‘relaxation, freedom, and sex appeal’ to market its creme-brulee-flavored e-cigs on Twitter and Instagram — but its success has come at a big cost

A Silicon Valley e-cigarette startup called Juul has surged in popularity, amassing 70% of the e-cigarette market. The company was recently valued at $US15 billion, but it faces a growing backlash from public-health experts and scientists who worry about its popularity among young people. Juul maintains that its products are […]
$15 billion startup Juul used ‘relaxation, freedom, and sex appeal’ to market its creme-brulee-flavored e-cigs on Twitter and Instagram — but its success has come at a big cost