Positive Parenting: Vaping, teens, and COVID-19

If you think your teen or young adult doesn’t vape, or vaping is safer than cigarettes, you might want to think again. Vaping has been linked to an increase in lung inflammation and blamed for as many as 60 deaths. And now, there’s COVID, at a time when there’s been a surge in teen vaping especially among minorities.

FDA calls for removal of fruity, disposable e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are cracking down on fruity disposable electronic cigarettes popular with teenagers, saying the companies never received permission to sell them in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter Monday telling the company behind Puff Bar e-cigarettes to remove them from the market within 15 business days, […]

11 Los Angeles firefighters hurt while running from blast

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An explosion Saturday at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles injured 11 firefighters who had gone inside and on the roof to try to knock down a fire and then had to run for their lives when a ball of flames shot out the building and scorched a fire […]

Investigators open criminal probe into LA explosion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and fire investigators launched a criminal probe Sunday into the cause of an explosion at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles that sent firefighters running for their lives. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s major crimes division were working with the city Fire Department’s arson investigators to […]

Virus outbreak delays US government review of e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electronic cigarette companies will have four additional months to submit their products for government review because of delays tied to the coronavirus outbreak. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that a federal court accepted its request to push back the May 12 deadline to submit vaping product applications to Sept. 9. […]

Beach trash finds: Full pickle jar, vape pods, cremation bag

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — As New Jersey’s beaches go, so goes the state of the environment. Items plucked from the sand during spring and fall cleanups each year help illustrate trends going on in the state and the nation, and last year was a particularly good example. Empty cartridges used with electronic cigarettes, known […]

Feds seek breakup of Altria-Juul deal on antitrust grounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business regulators are suing to break up the multibillion-dollar deal between tobacco giant Altria and e-cigarette startup Juul Labs, saying their partnership amounted to an agreement not to compete in the U.S. vaping market. The action announced late Wednesday by the Federal Trade Commission is the latest legal headwind against Altria’s […]

Signs missed and steps slowed in Trump’s pandemic response

WASHINGTON (AP) — By the time President Donald Trump first spoke publicly about the coronavirus, it may already have been too late. Interviewed at Davos, a gathering of global elites in the Swiss Alps, the president on Jan. 22 played down the threat posed by the respiratory virus from China, which had just reached American […]

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