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State governments continue to crack down on flavored e-cigarettes and other vape products, largely in response to the deaths and illnesses that began coming to light this past summer. But as lawmakers deliberate over their policy response to vaping, researchers are still trying to understand the cause of the illnesses. NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien… Read More
In September, the Trump administration said it would ban all flavored e-cigarette products in an effort to reduce the youth vaping epidemic. Since then, there’s been no movement toward implementation.
On the very day a new excise tax on vapor products went into effect, hundreds gathered for a rally at the Ohio Statehouse. Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine called for new changes. People who use or sell flavored vaping products gathered on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse Tuesday. They chanted and held signs, urging Ohio lawmakers to… Read More
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government has refined how it is measuring an outbreak of breathing illnesses in people who vape, now counting only cases that are most closely linked to electronic cigarette use. Health officials on Thursday said 380 confirmed cases and probable cases have been reported in 36 states and one U.S…. Read More
New York officials say tests found high levels of vitamin E in cannabis vaping products used by people who developed lung damage. But it’s only one of many possible causes still under investigation.
Three cases of severe lung illness that are likely due to vaping have been confirmed in Ohio. And it’s thought there are more. The Ohio Department of Health’s Dr. Mark Hurst says the three patients are between 18 and 26 years old. And he says there are an additional 11 reports of the illness, causing shortness… Read More
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – A ban on electronic cigarettes and vaping products has started at West Virginia University. The WVU Board of Governors in February approved the ban that took effect Thursday. The policy applies to WVU properties in Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser. The only exception will be in designated smoking areas at large athletic… Read More
A study shows the main drivers of Juul’s social media presence are young people and third-party vendors, not the company itself. And vaping continues to look cool online among young people.
Gov. Mike DeWine is revealing more about the wellness initiatives that he wants to implement for the 2.8 million people on Medicaid in Ohio, including the 677,000 in Medicaid expansion. DeWine says he’ll make quitting smoking one of his Medicaid wellness initiatives. “If we can help them get healthier, it’s going to be better for… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Public health advocates say Kentucky lawmakers missed a chance to combat youth smoking by failing to take up proposals to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products and e-cigarettes. The proposals did not come up Tuesday when the state Senate debated a bill to set up a way for students to… Read More