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California tests find illegal vapes tainted with additives

California officials announced Monday that marijuana vape cartridges seized in illegal shops in Los Angeles contained potentially dangerous additives, including a thickening agent blamed for a national outbreak of deadly …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Flavored vaping products would be banned under Senate bill

Washington residents would be unable to purchase flavored vaping products, even if they don’t contain nicotine, under a bill being considered by the Senate aimed keeping them away from minors.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

U-Haul International to stop hiring smokers in 21 states

U-Haul International has announced plans to stop interviewing and hiring nicotine users, including people who use e-cigarettes and vaping products.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Sales of most e-cigarette pod flavors to end in 30 days

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered companies to stop manufacturing, distributing and selling most cartridge-based e-cigarette flavors by early February, saying the crackdown is urgently needed to reduce …


Trump plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors

U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers, but with major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-emitting devices.


Trump suggests some flavored vapes may be pulled from market

President Donald 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, …


Age rises for tobacco, vaping sales

When setting New Year’s resolutions, the 18 to 20 set should strongly consider kicking their smoking habit. Stores won’t be able to legally sell to them, and resources abound for …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations.


Minnesota sues e-cigarette maker Juul over youth vaping rise

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sued Juul Labs on Wednesday, accusing the e-cigarette maker of unlawfully targeting young people with its products to get a new generation addicted to nicotine.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on vape, tobacco flavors

Massachusetts has become the first state with a permanent ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.


More clues point to chemical compound in US vaping illnesses

Health officials say they have more evidence that a certain chemical compound is a culprit in a national outbreak of vaping illnesses.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

D.C. government sues e-cigarette maker Juul over teen use

The District of Columbia is joining several states in suing the nation’s largest e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, saying the company’s online ads and promotions illegally targeted minors.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

‘It’s a huge issue’: Tough questions, eye-opening insights offered at Spokane’s first vaping forum

The most powerful messages at Spokane’s first vaping symposium came from four high school students who don’t use vapes but pay the price every day. They answered tough questions from …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Massachusetts OKs ban on flavored vaping, tobacco products

Massachusetts lawmakers passed a groundbreaking ban Thursday on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Spokane schools aim to clear the air with vaping discussion

The evening-long symposium, “Cutting Through the Vapor,” begins at 5 p.m. Thursday. It is open to the public.


New York joins states suing e-cigarette maker Juul

New York has joined the ranks of states suing the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs Inc., saying the company used deceptive marketing practices to reel in young users.


Washington State Board of Health bans vape products that contain vitamin E acetate

The Washington State Board of Health voted to ban vitamin E acetate in vape products amid a national health crisis that has led to dozens of deaths and thousands of …


Trump backing off banning vaping flavors popular with teens

When President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One to fly to a Kentucky campaign rally two weeks ago, a plan was in place for him to give final approval to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Washington ban on flavored vape products stands, as CDC says it found link to vaping illness

Flavored vape products, including flavored THC products, will remain banned in Washington state for the next 120 days, after a Thurston County judge threw out a temporary restraining order against …


Trump to pursue higher sales age for e-cigarettes

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will pursue raising the age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 in its upcoming plans to combat youth vaping.


Potential culprit found in vaping-related lung injuries and deaths

Federal health officials have identified vitamin E acetate in the lung fluids of 29 people sickened in the outbreak of dangerous vaping-related lung injuries. The discovery is a “breakthrough” that …


Spokane schools schedule vaping symposium as health crisis deepens and Seattle sues Juul

As Spokane school officials wrestle with how to best discourage vaping by students, Seattle Public Schools filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against industry leaders Juul Labs and Altria Group.


Spokane’s high school principals supported fining students caught vaping; school board tabled proposal

Spokane Public Schools’ decision this week to table a proposal to cite students for vaping contradicted the earlier wishes of all five of its high school principals.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Juul halts US sales of popular mint-flavored e-cigarettes

Juul Labs said Thursday it will halt U.S. sales of its best-selling, mint-flavored electronic cigarettes as it struggles to survive a nationwide backlash against vaping.


Clearing the air: Spokane Public Schools considers imposing fine for student vaping

As clouds continue to fill bathroom stalls in almost every building in Spokane Public Schools, the district is considering a new option to combat the teenage vaping epidemic: a stiff …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Law enforcement to accept vaping devices for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

For the first time, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners will accept vaping devices and cartridges during its 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Clusters of illness linked to CBD vapes share 2nd connection

A pioneer in marketing CBD as a health product has pleaded guilty to selling large quantities of synthetic marijuana which was secretly added to vapes, sickening dozens.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban in Oregon

Oregon’s Court of Appeals has put a halt to the state’s ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the temporary stay issued Thursday …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Juul halts sales of fruit, dessert flavors for e-cigarettes

The voluntary step announced Thursday is the company’s latest concession as it tries to weather a political backlash blaming its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a generation of teenagers.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

Oregon approves six-month ban on flavored vape products

Oregon regulators enacted a six-month ban Friday on the sale of flavored nicotine and cannabis vape products in stores and online statewide amid an outbreak of illnesses that has sickened …