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US vaping illnesses top 500, Missouri man is 8th death

Sep. 19, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown, U.S. health officials said Thursday. An eighth death was also reported. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration revealed that its criminal investigations unit started...

Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing

Sep. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because what he was vaping didn't have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant...

Vapes spiked with illegal drugs show dark side of CBD craze

Sep. 16, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because the vapor he inhaled wasn't CBD, a natural compound that marketers say can treat a range of ailments...

US finds contaminant in popular heartburn drug

Sep. 13, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials said Friday they are investigating low levels of a potentially dangerous contaminant in the popular heartburn medication Zantac and related generic drugs. For now, the Food and Drug Administration said patients can continue taking their medications. The agency said...

Mint, menthol: Vape industry has dug heels in on flavor bans

Sep. 12, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Efforts to ban flavored e-cigarettes and reduce their appeal to youngsters have sputtered under industry pressure in over a half-dozen states this year even as one state, Michigan, moves ahead with its own restrictions and President Donald Trump promises federal ones. In many cases,...

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...

Vaping group plotted lobbying efforts at Trump's DC hotel

Sep. 11, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — America's vaping industry has in recent years taken its fight to fend off regulation directly to President Donald Trump's doorstep, with a lobbying group twice booking annual meetings at his Washington hotel and e-cigarette maker Juul hiring two of his former White House officials. In 2017...

Austrian doctor sues US for seizing patients' abortion drugs

Sep. 10, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Austrian doctor who prescribes abortion drugs to patients around the world is suing the United States for allegedly blocking her American patients from getting abortions by seizing their prescriptions. Dr. Rebecca Gomperts filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Idaho on Monday,...

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...

Juul Labs facing scrutiny from federal and state officials

Aug. 30, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With e-cigarette giant Juul Labs facing a mounting number of state and federal investigations into its marketing and sales practices, a top Trump administration official pledged Friday to use all of the government's regulatory and enforcement power "to stop the epidemic of youth...