In recent months, thousands of people have ended up in the hospital due to severe lung illnesses and other health problems after vaping – and at least 39 people have died. It’s clear we’re just starting to understand the dangers of vaping. E-cigarettes hit the US market about a decade ago, touted as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. However, they didn’t really gain traction until 2015, when Juul Labs (then part of Pax Labs) debuted its discreet USB-size vaporizer and quickly became the industry leader. The result was a spike in vaping, especially among teens and young adults, a segment of the population that, until then, had been using fewer tobacco products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule extending its authority to regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, the repercussions of which are still playing out today. Below, we go through what’s happened over the past year as health officials and the vaping industry try to adapt within this rapidly changing regulatory landscape. Nov. 7, 2019 — Deaths reach 39; Juul stops selling mint-flavored vapes; biometric lawsuit reportedly leveled at JuulThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Read full this story
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