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Feb 26, 2020. 2 comments

Juul Reportedly Plans to Pitch the FDA an Age-Locked E-Cigarette

Juul Reportedly Plans to Pitch the FDA an Age-Locked E-Cigarette

Things have swiftly turned very, very bad for e-cigarette titan Juul. The company has been targeted by health officials and regulators as being a primary driver behind a surge in kids and teens hooked on tobacco products, and Juul is now in crisis mode as it works to prevent its products from being yanked from the market. According to a new report, one way Juul might be hoping to do so is by...

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Feb 22, 2020. 13 comments

A Study Linking E-Cigs to Heart Attacks Was Just Retracted—What Does That Mean for Vaping's Health Risks?

A Study Linking E-Cigs to Heart Attacks Was Just Retracted—What Does That Mean for Vaping's Health Risks?

This week, a study that had suggested using e-cigarettes could increase the risk of heart attack was retracted, following an investigation by the journal’s editors that deemed its findings “unreliable.” But does the retraction mean vaping is safe, and should we be concerned about the validity of other vaping research?

The study was published last June in the Journal of the American Health...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jan 16, 2020. 14 comments

One of Your Last Workarounds for Buying Fruity Juul Pods Has Failed

One of Your Last Workarounds for Buying Fruity Juul Pods Has Failed

Folks, I have some bad news about one of the few remaining workarounds for accessing Juul’s beloved Mango pods.

Back in 2018, Juul yanked all of its best pod flavors from sale in brick and mortar stores before eventually pulling from sale online last year. But flavors beyond menthol and tobacco remained available for sale in Canada, meaning that if you really, really wanted Mango or Cucumber...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jan 03, 2020. 20 comments

FDA Bans All the Good Vape Pod Flavors

FDA Bans All the Good Vape Pod Flavors

Following reports this week that such a move was imminent, the Food and Drug Administration is bringing the hammer down on your beloved, fruity pre-filled e-cigarettes capsules in an attempt to curb the rise of youth vaping in the U.S.

The agency said Thursday that it has finalized an enforcement policy to bar the manufacturer, distribution, and sale of any pod-based e-cig flavors other than...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jan 02, 2020. 19 comments

FDA Is Reportedly Preparing to Ban Fruity E-Cigarette Pod Flavors

FDA Is Reportedly Preparing to Ban Fruity E-Cigarette Pod Flavors

After raising the age restriction on vaping and other tobacco products to 21, the Food and Drug Administration is reportedly readying to ban all pod-based e-cigarette flavors except menthol and tobacco.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the agency’s plans for the prohibition on fruity pods could be announced as soon as Friday. According to...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 31, 2019. 8 comments

Juul Employees Reportedly Can't Stop Vaping at Work

Juul Employees Reportedly Can't Stop Vaping at Work

Who’d have thought the company that developed a discreet and highly addictive nicotine product would have trouble preventing its very own employees from using it in the workplace?

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that in spite of pleas from Juul management and threats of docked bonuses and fourth-strike termination for vaping at work, the practice continues unchecked among some Juul...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Dec 28, 2019. 21 comments

FDA Makes It Official: Legal Smoking and Vaping Age Raised to 21

FDA Makes It Official: Legal Smoking and Vaping Age Raised to 21

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially raised the legal smoking age from 18 t0 21. The measure marks a culmination of a monthslong, bi-partisan campaign aimed at curbing the use of tobacco products— particularly electronic cigarettes—among youth amid rising concerns about the health effects of vaping.

A new statement on the FDA’s website reads:

“On December 20, 2019, the President...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 23, 2019. 6 comments

Vitamin E to Blame for 'Vast Majority' of Vaping Illness Cases, CDC Says

Vitamin E to Blame for 'Vast Majority' of Vaping Illness Cases, CDC Says

Federal health officials are finally confident enough to single out a primary culprit for the wave of acute lung illnesses linked to vaping: an additive called vitamin E acetate often found in unregulated THC products.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their investigation into the condition known as EVALI, short for “e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 20, 2019. 17 comments

Congress Passes Law to Raise Smoking and Vaping Age to 21

Congress Passes Law to Raise Smoking and Vaping Age to 21

In an effort to curb the use of tobacco products among youth, Congress has passed a law that would increase the smoking age in the United States to 21.

The provision about raising the smoking age to 21 was included in sweeping spending legislation that passed in the House earlier this week and will prevent a government shutdown. The age restriction will extend to all tobacco products,...

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Dec 19, 2019. 3 comments

Instagram Is Censoring Vape Speech

Instagram Is Censoring Vape Speech

Instagram announced on Wednesday that it will begin enforcing bans on influencers promoting “goods such as vaping, tobacco products and weapons” in branded posts.

Instagram’s owner Facebook has long prohibited brands from directly purchasing ads for these kinds of products, but a loophole existed in that paid promotions by influencers were not subject to the same rules. That meant brands could...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 17, 2019. 22 comments

New Study Links Vaping to Chronic Lung Illness in Humans

New Study Links Vaping to Chronic Lung Illness in Humans

The potential dangers of long-term vaping have largely been hypothetical, but a new study out Monday provides the first real evidence that it can increase the risk of chronic lung disease in humans. And while the risk may be much higher for those who smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes, it’s amplified in people who both vape and smoke.

The study, published in the American Journal of...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 28, 2019. 14 comments

NYC City Council Approves Ban on All the Good E-Cig Flavors

NYC City Council Approves Ban on All the Good E-Cig Flavors

New York City is poised to bar all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes and e-liquids, meaning it would be sayonara for all the good vape flavors—and yes, that means menthol too.

The legislation would ban the sale of flavored e-cigs and e-liquids—including menthol, mint, and wintergreen—in New York City and would bar retailers from having six or more flavored e-cigs or an excess of 12 fluid...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 22, 2019. 14 comments

Doctors Report First Documented Case of ‘Popcorn Lung’ From Vaping

Doctors Report First Documented Case of ‘Popcorn Lung’ From Vaping

A Canadian teenager developed a life-threatening condition known as “popcorn lung” after several months of intense vaping, in the first medical case linking this chronic lung disease to e-cigarette use.

Popcorn lung or popcorn worker’s lung is so called because the condition was first documented in 2000 among microwave popcorn factory workers who were exposed to the flavoring chemical...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 19, 2019. 6 comments

California Is Suing Juul for Allegedly Targeting Kids With Its Bad Marketing

California Is Suing Juul for Allegedly Targeting Kids With Its Bad Marketing

Juul is staring down yet another lawsuit.

California officials announced Monday that the state has a lawsuit filed alleging that Juul marketed its products to teens and youth through, among other things, its social media campaigns, ads and marketing, influencers who promoted its products, language that caught on with younger demographics like “Juuling,” and launching fruity flavors that...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 18, 2019. 20 comments

President Trump Is Terrified That Banning Flavored Vapes Might Cost Him Votes

President Trump Is Terrified That Banning Flavored Vapes Might Cost Him Votes

President Donald Trump insisted back in September that he would soon ban flavored vape products in an effort to make them less appealing to children. But the ban is almost certainly dead, if the latest anonymous reports cascading out of the White House can be believed.

Trump was presented with a “decision memo” on November 4 that, if signed, would have allowed the Department of Health and...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 16, 2019. 12 comments

RIP iOS Vaping Apps

RIP iOS Vaping Apps

Apple has purged its App Store of 181 vaping apps, citing a rash of recent reports about vaping-related injuries and deaths.

As of Friday, vaping-related apps will no longer be allowed on the service, Axios first reported. Apple confirmed to Gizmodo that users who have downloaded vape apps will still be able to use them and transfer them to new Apple devices. In a statement, Apple said that...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 12, 2019. 5 comments

E-Cigarettes Don't Have to Be Tainted to Send You to the Hospital, UK Case Shows

E-Cigarettes Don't Have to Be Tainted to Send You to the Hospital, UK Case Shows

In recent months, hundreds of people in the U.S. have become acutely sick and have even died due to vaping. These cases have largely been tied to black-market vaping products made with toxic additives . But a new case study out of the UK seems to show that in rare circumstances, even legal e-cigarettes can cause life-threatening lung illness in users.

According to senior author Jayesh Mahendra...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 09, 2019. 14 comments

Trump Says U.S. Will Change Vaping Age to '21 or So'

Trump Says U.S. Will Change Vaping Age to '21 or So'

As the United States grapples with the ongoing crisis of rising use of vape products among teens and youth, President Donald Trump said that new restrictions will bump the age limit for e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. Or so!

“We’re going to be coming out with a very important position on vaping. We have to take care of our kids most importantly. So we’re going to have an age limit of 21,” Trump...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 09, 2019. 8 comments

We Now Have Direct Evidence That Vitamin E Is Behind Vaping Illness Outbreak

We Now Have Direct Evidence That Vitamin E Is Behind Vaping Illness Outbreak

On Friday, federal health officials announced a breakthrough in solving the mystery of why people are getting seriously sick from vaping. They detected vitamin E acetate—an oily, synthetic form of the vitamin commonly added to black-market THC vape products—in lung fluid samples taken from all of the patients they’ve tested so far.

For months now, health officials and doctors have suspected ...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Nov 08, 2019. 10 comments

Goodbye to the Only Good Juul Flavor

Goodbye to the Only Good Juul Flavor

Juul is a bad company run by bad people. But, as a former smoker who used one of the company’s addictive mouth robots to get away from Marlboros, I feel compelled to pour one out for the only good thing Juul has ever done: cool mint.

For those not in the know, the nicotine-containing pods that Juul users vape come in a variety of flavors. The existence of those flavors has put a massive...

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