Thirty-one patients with lung injuries associated with vaping were re-hospitalized and seven died in the days after their hospital discharges, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as of Dec. 10 in one of four new studies released Friday.
Why it matters: Officials are recommending health care providers follow up with patients in the days after discharge to prevent further complications.
Five Bay Area school districts filed separate lawsuits against Juul Labs in San Francisco's federal district court Tuesday, alleging the e-cigarette maker has been targeting minors.
Why it matters: It's the latest litigation against Juul to make such allegations. New York filed a lawsuit last month accusing it of preying on and misleading teenagers with its ads and for failing to warn about potential health risks associated with using its products.
Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told Axios' Mike Allen at an event Wednesday that Juul, a vaping company that has the largest market share of e-cigarettes, "should be pulled off the market entirely."
Why it matters: The Trump administration has stalled talks to ban flavored tobacco products as millions of teens within the past few years have become addicted to nicotine.
People who vape could be subject to higher life insurance rates or find themselves excluded from coverage, as global reinsurers push warnings on the potential risks of vaping, Reuters reports.
Yes, but: Proponents of vaping as a cessation tool say insurers and reinsurers are being too harsh. Smoking cigarettes still kills more people than vaping each year.
About 10% of President Trump's 2016 voters said they would be less likely to vote for a 2020 presidential candidate that backs a flavored e-cigarette ban, a Morning Consult poll published Wednesday shows.
Why it matters: The Trump administration has been weighing a federal ban on almost all flavored vaping products since September. At least 47 people have died from a lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 25 states.
Why it matters: The Act Modernizing Tobacco Control law is the first of its kind prohibiting these products permanently and on a statewide basis. The ban on flavored vaping products will be effective immediately, while the outlawed sale of menthol cigarettes starts June 1, 2020 in the wake of the vaping epidemic, resulting in illnesses and deaths across the country.
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Manhattan is expected to become the largest U.S. city to ban all vaping flavors except tobacco, after its city council voted on Tuesday in favor of the ban, as Mayor Bill de Blasio is anticipated to pass the bill into law, CNBC reports.
The big picture: There are 2,290 confirmed and probable cases of lung injury in 49 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories and 47 deaths associated with e-cigarette use as of Nov. 20, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.
Driving the news: Illegal THC-containing e-cigarette or vape products from 11 out of 12 patients in Minnesota with lung injuries also contained vitamin E acetate, according to a report from the CDC on Tuesday.
During a televised meeting at the White House on Friday with special interest groups from the health community, President Trump expressed concern as to whether flavored vaping products would "come here illegally" if his administration banned them.
Why it matters: The meeting comes two months after Trump announced intentions to propose a nationwide ban, which has since stalled. Several reports indicate that some conservative leaders rallied against the ban, arguing the president could lose votes in key states.
The American Medical Association called Tuesday for a ban on e-cigarettes and vaping devices and announced that it will lobby for state and federal laws, regulations and legal action to do so, per the AP.
Why it matters: The doctors' group said the action was prompted by a surge in underage teen vaping and the recent U.S. outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping that has killed at least 42 people and affected more than 2,000.