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Vaping fallout: Small stores suffer as vapers turn away

Oct. 10, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The thousands of shops that sprang up in cities and towns across the country over the past decade to sell vaping products have seen a stunning reversal of fortune, with their sales plunging in just two months amid news reports that vaping has sickened nearly 1,300 people and killed 26....

Concussion PSA compares youth football dangers to smoking

Oct. 10, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Everybody seems to be having fun when the kids in a new public service announcement are just playing football, until one boy is thrown to the ground and the background music turns ominous. Then, the coach starts handing out cigarettes. "Tackle football is like smoking," a youthful voice-over...

Clampdown on vaping could send users back toward cigarettes

Oct. 5, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes. That promise led U.S. regulators to take a hands-off approach to e-cigarette makers, including...

Smoking ban at VA facilities has some veterans fuming

Oct. 1, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Serving up drinks at the American Legion post in Concord, Jeff Holland gets a little testy when the talk turns to smoking. A Marine veteran who enjoys lighting up, the 44-year-old Holland fought unsuccessfully against a ban at the post that went into effect this month. And starting...

Maryland law raising smoking age goes into effect Tuesday

Sep. 30, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new law barring teenagers in Maryland from buying tobacco products including electronic smoking devices goes into effect Tuesday. The law raises the age to purchase cigarettes, cigars and vaping products from 18 to 21 for all residents except active-duty military members....

Keep calm and vape on: UK embraces e-cigarettes, US cautious

Sep. 28, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — While the U.S. scrambles to crack down on vaping, Britain has embraced electronic cigarettes as a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit. The Royal College of Physicians explicitly tells doctors to promote e-cigarettes "as widely as possible" to people trying to quit. Public Health...

NY could add menthol to flavor ban as vaping groups sue

Sep. 26, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials want to add menthol to the state's first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as the vaping industry seeks to block it, according to the governor's office. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's directing his administration to take steps to include...

Juul stops e-cigarette ads as teen vaping, illnesses grow

Sep. 25, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs Inc. will stop advertising its electronic cigarettes in the U.S. and replace its chief executive as mysterious breathing illnesses and an explosion in teen vaping have triggered efforts to crack down on the largely unregulated industry. The nation's largest e-cigarette maker and...

Government plans to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes

Sep. 12, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. The surprise White House announcement could...

Juul warned over claims e-cigarette safer than smoking

Sep. 9, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health authorities on Monday blasted vaping company Juul for illegally pitching its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking and ordered the company to stop making unproven claims for its products. The Food and Drug Administration also upped its scrutiny of a number...