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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

Walmart said Friday that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs following a string of mysterious illnesses and deaths related to vaping.


Indian govt. approves ban on e-cigarettes

India’s government has decided to ban e-cigarettes, expressing concern at the alarming rate at which vaping is becoming popular among the country’s youth and causing breathing illnesses.


Michigan bans flavored e-cigarettes a day after New York

Michigan banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes on Wednesday, the latest state to act following hundreds of serious breathing issues in people using vaping devices that prompted a federal investigation.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

Two vaping-related severe lung disease cases confirmed in Spokane County

State and local health officials confirmed two cases of severe lung disease in Spokane that are linked to vaping.


David Von Drehle: Vaping finally has its Joe Cool moment

With hundreds of cases of illness and at least six deaths tied to vaping, the idea of safe smoking is revealed as a lie.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

Health official, shop manager disagree whether vaping flavors like fruity pebbles are aimed at kids

Vapers can buy more than 250 e-cigarette flavors in one Spokane shop. While the store’s general manager says he’s not aiming at kids, he acknowledges the highest-concentration nicotine goes to …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Washington confirms first vaping-related lung disease case on day Trump administration announces flavor ban

Washington had its first confirmed case of severe lung disease related to vaping on Wednesday – the same day President Donald Trump announced a plan to ban flavored e-cigarette liquid.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

Government plans to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes

President Donald Trump says his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes amid an outbreak of breathing problems tied to vaping.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

Juul warned over claims its e-cigarette safer than smoking

Federal health authorities on Monday blasted vaping giant Juul for illegally pitching its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking and ordered the company to stop making unproven claims …


Tests show contaminant found in vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses

State and federal health officials investigating mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping have found the same chemical in samples of marijuana products used by people sickened in different parts of …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

E-cigarette maker Juul facing mounting scrutiny by state AGs

E-cigarette giant Juul Labs is facing mounting scrutiny from state law enforcement officials, with the attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia investigating how the company’s blockbuster vaping …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

Hospitalizations tied to vaping on the rise

There has been a proliferation of vaping related hospitalizations across the country, and the Inland Northwest is not immune to the problem.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

North Carolina prosecutor expands fight against youth vaping

North Carolina’s top prosecutor expanded his efforts to halt e-cigarette sales to teens on Monday by suing eight more manufacturers of vaping products.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Illinois patient’s death may be first in U.S. tied to vaping

Health officials said Friday that an Illinois patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died, and that they consider it the first death in the United States …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases

The number of breathing illnesses reported among people who vape is growing. Health officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases in 16 states.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

Mystery lung illness linked to vaping. Health officials investigating nearly 100 possible cases.

State and federal health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 14 states, many of them involving teens and young …


Vaping companies sue to delay U.S. e-cigarette review

A vaping industry group is suing the U.S. government to delay a review of electronic cigarettes. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Vapor Technology Association says the upcoming review could …


Connecticut launches investigation into vaping health claims

Connecticut is joining other states in investigating vaping manufacturer Juul Labs


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 3:29 p.m.

Juul exec: Never intended vaping device to be used by teens

House lawmakers are investigating the e-cigarette maker amid a recent explosion of vaping among American youth. A Thursday hearing marks the first time the privately held company has been called …


Amid teen vaping ‘epidemic,’ Juul taps addiction expert as medical director

The company said the hire will support its efforts to stem a teen vaping craze the Food and Drug Administration has labeled an epidemic. But critics see a cynical tactic …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

FDA targets vaping ‘influencers’ for online promotions

U.S. regulators moved to discipline vaping companies for inappropriately promoting their flavored nicotine formulas through so-called influencers on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.


State sues e-cigarette maker, says it targets youth market

Massachusetts is suing a national retailer of electronic cigarette and vaping products. Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that the lawsuit alleges Clifton, New Jersey-based Eonsmoke violated state law by …


Survey: 1 in 5 Spokane eighth-graders tried vaping

If they didn’t know already, Spokane Public Schools board members got the news Wednesday night: A deep fog has descended on bathroom stalls at almost every school in the district, …


Juul nicotine hit may be ‘Worst for kids, best for smokers’

She tried gums, patches and various electronic cigarettes to quit smoking. What finally worked for Chantel Williams was a small, reusable e-cigarette called Juul that packs a big nicotine punch. …


Education notebook: University High’s Syvanna Arwood elected lieutenant governor of Key Club

University High School student Syvanna Arwood was recently elected as the new lieutenant governor of the Division 46 Key Club. Division 46 is comprised of 10 area high schools.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Senate votes to raise legal age to purchase tobacco, vaping products to 21

The Senate sends Gov. Jay Inslee a bill to raise the age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products to 21.


Tobacco use among U.S. youths increasing because of e-cigarettes

The rate of teens smoking cigarettes has dropped for the past decade. However, according to the CDC, tobacco use among U.S. youth is rising.


In tobacco state, students testify about youngsters’ vaping

Twelve-year-old Hannah Piedad first encountered vaping – an electronic form of smoking – at a New Year’s party. It was the smell that got her attention. Now the student at …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame

Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.


Vaping epidemic grips Spokane students as school officials band together to tackle problem

The contraband was scattered across a large conference table last week at North Central High School. Principal Steve Fisk pondered the paraphernalia, the meager spoils of a cat-and-mouse game that’s …