If I get addicted to vaping, I thought, in March, I will always remember this Texas strip mall. I was walking out of a store called Smoke-N-Chill Novelties, in Southwest Austin, holding a receipt for $62.95 and two crisp, white shrink-wrapped boxes. I got into the driver’s seat of a rental car and began to open them. From one I extracted a Juul: a slim black vaporizer about half the width and weight of a Bic lighter, with rounded edges and a gently burnished finish. (It looks like a flash drive, everyone always points out. You can recharge it by plugging it into your computer.) From the other I extracted a thumbnail-size cartridge called a pod, filled with juice containing a cigarette pack’s…
The agency ruled against the company’s application to stay on the market, a decisive blow to a once-popular vaping brand that appealed to teenagers.
If unchecked by strict regulations, the next generation of youth is likely to be the most nicotine-dependent and the heaviest smoking in recent history, wiping out decades of efforts to protect them.
All e-cigarettes are metal and plastic heating devices, using batteries to turn nicotine-laced liquid into vapor. But vaporizers resemble large fountain pens, with bigger batteries and cartridges, so they hold more liquid, produce larger vapor clouds and last longer. They also allow users, who often call themselves "vapers,'' to mix and match hardware and refill cartridges with liquid bought in bulk.
Though options are limited for now, they exist. For starters, parents should recognize that they are confronting an addiction to nicotine, which is hard to break.
Today (Nov. 13) Juul announced it will no longer sell four of its flavored e-cigarette cartridges in stores, and will discontinue using its Facebook and Instagram accounts in the US. It will keep selling the cartridges on its website, which asks users to verify that they are at least 21 years old.
According to a company press release, Juul will stop selling cucumber, mango, creme, and fruit flavors in stores or gas stations. However, it will continue to sell mint, menthol, and tobacco flavors, because those are already sold as tasting like “cigarettes.”
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Vaping appears to be wildly popular among teens who use e-cigs illegally. And in an ironic twist, teens who try vaping are at a far higher risk of becoming smokers compared with teens who don't.
E-cigarettes may help tobacco smokers quit. But the alluring devices can swiftly induce a nicotine habit in teenagers who never smoked. This is the tale of one person’s struggle.
Alarmed by the addictive nature of nicotine in e-cigarettes and its impact on the developing brain, public health experts are struggling to address a surging new problem: how to help teenagers quit vaping.
Until now, the storm over e-cigarettes has largely focused on how to keep the products away from minors. But the pervasiveness of nicotine addiction among teenagers who already use the devices is now sinking in — and there is no clear science or treatment to help them stop.
The agency is eyeing a crackdown on flavored e-cigs in the face of an “epidemic” of teen use.
Along with the flavor restrictions, the FDA also released the results from its annual national survey, which found that more than 3 million high school students now use e-cigarettes, a 78 percent increase over last year; among middle schoolers, use rose 48 percent, to 570,000 students. The authors of the study said the rise was likely due to the popularity of e-cigarettes like Juul.
If you’ve seen people sucking on USB flash drives, they’re probably “Juuling.”
Millions embrace e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids. Will restricting the devices for teenagers put former adult smokers who vape at risk to start again?
It’s difficult for researchers to uncover what even goes into different vape juices.
After extensive research and reading, NDP's leadership is starting to detect the true harm that vaping causes. The smoking industry touts vaping as being safe. But here are a few facts...
Researchers at Harvard’s school of public health have published a new study about the safety of electronic cigarettes, and it has nothing to do with nicotine. More than 75% of the flavored e-cigarettes the researchers tested contained the chemical diacetyl, which multiple studies have linked to lung damage.
The researchers found that sweetness was the most desired common denominator; that is, even a sweet-flavored e-cigarette with no nicotine was preferred over one without the sweetness, and with nicotine. This was also reflected in neural responses: Even without being presented an actual e-cigarette to smoke, participants’ brains responded more to cues that were associated with sweetness.
And if adolescents first start smoking unflavored vapes with nicotine, the addition of sweet flavors could make them continue.
The claim that e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than cigarettes inspired plenty of headlines. It also has plenty of problems.
SOME PEOPLE HAIL vaping as a safer alternative to cigarettes, arguing that there's no tobacco smoke, so it's got to be safer. It remains to be seen if that's true, and there is some evidence that the stuff inside vapes and e-cigs is toxic. But beyond that, there’s the fact these things occasionally blow up.
So what is the vaping-popcorn lung connection? Most high-end vape makers don’t use diacetyl, but in 2015, more than half of the mass-market e-cigarettes studied were found to contain the chemical – especially flavored vape juice. The diacetyl makes the flavors richer, but because the vapor is being breathed in, it exposes users to the risk of popcorn lung, which increases the longer these liquids are vaped. Particularly concerning is the fact that diacetyl is primarily found in flavored e-liquids – which tend to be more appealing to teenagers.
E-cigarettes are being marketed as a safe alternative to smoking. But they're not because e-cigarettes are still putting nicotine — a highly addictive drug — into the body.
This past year has seen a skyrocketing rate of teen vaping, an outbreak of lung injuries, some serious regulatory shake-ups in the e-cigarette industry, and a whole lot of panic. With so many different vaping crises going on right now, we thought we’d provide a vaping roundup.
Manufacturers were quick to claim that e-cigarettes were a safer alternative to smoking. Now, amid a glut of vape-related lung ailments, claims of hazards inherent to all vaping are coming just as quickly. Truth is, there are many questions, but few answers.
“There is a huge variety of products and a huge variety of liquids, and the problem is that there is no regulation.”
He and other researchers around the world are now scrambling to figure out what impact this new habit might have on developing bodies and brains in the long term. And they’re finding that e-cigarettes may be more dangerous than we’ve appreciated, especially for hearts, lungs, and brains. There’s also a growing body of research suggesting that vaping can lead to smoking.
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The way users puff, how long they puff and what they puff all play a role. We do not yet know how this behavior affects how much of each substance vapers consume over the course of their daily lives, but we have reason to believe it is significant.
Though Juul is not the only e-cigarette for sale in the U.S., it is largely blamed for the vaping explosion and controls about 50% of the market, putting a sharp focus on the company.
A surge of severe lung ailments has baffled doctors and public health experts.
The FDA has become increasingly worried about teens using e-cigarettes. Although the products are often marketed as a replacement for adults trying to curb tobacco use, many e-cigarettes are sweetly flavored, which is a draw for teens. Some of these flavors contain dubious chemicals that have not yet been proven to be completely safe. There’s also evidence that teenagers who smoke e-cigarettes are more likely to switch over to traditional tobacco after less than a year.
Vaping really does appear to help people stop smoking better than old-style nicotine patches and gum. Quit rates were nearly twice as high in people who switched to e-cigarettes than in those who used other nicotine-replacement therapies in a recent trial.
E-cigarettes have long been suspected to be the superior quitting aid, but the only previous head-to-head trial used an early version that didn’t deliver much nicotine and so didn’t show any difference in quit rates compared to patches.
Adult smokers who didn’t use electronic vaping devices were more than twice as likely to quit, according to the study.
The moral panic against it is an irrational response fueled by anti-smoker bias.
Vaping has been linked to a cluster of hospitalizations in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.
The worst outcome of all the worry about this undefined threat is that people would retreat to something we know is incredibly harmful: cigarettes.
Teens have taken a technology that was supposed to help grownups stop smoking and invented a new kind of bad habit, molded in their own image.
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Flavors mask the harsh taste of tobacco which makes it easier for kids to smoke — and most kids don’t know that flavored e-cigarettes are high in nicotine.
PAVe (Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes) is a grassroots organization founded by three concerned moms as a response to the current youth vaping epidemic, the most serious adolescent public-health crisis our country has faced in decades.
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