Dec 13, 2019

Montana to temporarily ban flavored e-cigarettes

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Montana will temporarily restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in the state next week, Montana's Department of Public Health & Human Services said on Friday.

The big picture: 52 people have died from a lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 26 states and the District of Columbia, as of Dec. 12. All 50 states and two U.S. territories have confirmed hospital cases associated with the lung injury, per the CDC.

Details: Montana's restrictions apply to flavored THC, nicotine and CBD e-cigarettes sold online and in-store — but retailers are not required to destroy existing inventory. Up to nine cases of lung injury associated with vaping in Montana have been reported to the CDC as of Dec. 10.

Go deeper: All 50 states confirm cases of vaping-related illness

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Why it matters: It's the latest example of social media being used to exploit and sharpen the very real divisions in American society. It's also the latest example of Twitter more aggressively rooting out false information on its platform.

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The latest: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized federal police in a tweet Monday night for using munitions earlier in the day "on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of (DC Police Department) officers more difficult." "Shameful!" she added as she urged residents to go home and stay safe.