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Vaping raises concern among medical community, students amid COVID-19 pandemic


Logan Peterson, Contributing Writer

April 23, 2020

People with underlying medical issues or aged 65 and over are statistically more at risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19. But people as young as 20 are also in danger — and this could be made worse by using nicotine inhalants.  Health professionals have raised concerns over the effects of smoking and vap...

Regulators in spotlight amid vaping illness outbreak

Mitch Zeller, of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, testifies at a Senate Health, Labor and Pensions committee hearing, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019.

Jonathan Lee, Contributing Writer

November 18, 2019

Lawmakers on Wednesday heard from a top FDA official that there was no timeline set for a proposed ban on non-tobacco flavored vaping products. The comments came at a hearing for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The plan to remove all non-tobacco flavored vaping products from the U.S. market was announced...

Trump to pursue higher sales age for e-cigarettes

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Georgia to meet with supporters.

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press

November 8, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will pursue raising the age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 in its upcoming plans to combat youth vaping. Trump told reporters his administration will release its final plans for restricting e-cigarettes next...

US probe of vaping illnesses focuses on THC from marijuana

This photo made available by the New York State Department of Health on Sept. 5, 2019 shows a few of the cannabis-containing vaping products which contained high levels of vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E acetate is a key focus of the department's investigation of potential causes of vaping-associated pulmonary illnesses.

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

September 27, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials said Friday that their investigation into an outbreak of severe vaping-related illnesses is increasingly focused on products that contain the marijuana compound THC. Most of the 800 people who got sick vaped THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes a high,...

Vaping illnesses, deaths reported nationwide

In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, photo, Andrew Teasley, a salesman at a Biddeford, Maine vape shop, exhales vapor while using an e-cigarette.

Cailey Gleeson, Focus Editor

September 23, 2019

Once seen as a cutting-edge nicotine alternative to cigarettes, recent cases of illnesses and deaths associated with e-cigarette products have called into question the safety of vaping materials. Illinois was the first state to report a death associated with vaping on Aug. 23, and the Illinois Depar...

Government will propose banning flavors used in e-cigarettes

President Donald Trump talks about a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. From left, acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, first lady Melania Trump, Trump, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

Matthew Peroni, Associated Press

September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping . The Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to remove from the market all e-cigarette flavors except t...

Illinois patient’s death may be first in US tied to vaping

Marshfield High School Principal Robert Keuther displays vaping devices that were confiscated from students in such places as restrooms or hallways at the school in Marshfield, Mass. Illinois health officials are reporting what could be United States' first death tied to vaping. In a Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, news release, the Illinois Department of Public Health says a person who recently vaped died after being hospitalized with

Don Babwin and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

August 24, 2019

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 linked to the smoking alternative that has become popular with teens and young adults. The Illinois Department of Public...

Not to cool for school: Juuling offers a smoking alternative to adults and an introduction to nicotine for teenagers


Marissa De La Cerda, Contributing Writer

May 14, 2018

What began as a product created to help adults stop smoking has instead created a new generation of smokers. The JUUL, a small, nicotine-heavy vape that strongly resembles a flash drive and can be charged in a USB port, has become a popular smoking device to teenagers and young adults. Teenagers in par...

Puff puff pass – in class?: How vapes are changing the futures of teenagers


Mackenzie Murtaugh, Opinions Editor

May 7, 2018

As college students, it might be difficult to imagine high school students unapologetically vaping in classrooms. It’s common for us to see it on campus, as it’s legal and mostly normalized for college students to smoke. Most college students, I would hope, wouldn’t think to disrespect their profess...

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