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When President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009, it gave government regulators an important new weapon in its battle against Big Tobacco.

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration had the power to regulate the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of tobacco products, including the new and then-largely unknown practice of vaping.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there has been a breakthrough in the investigation into the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries that has led to the deaths of 39 people and sickened more than 2,000 others.

Investigators announced Friday that they have detected a chemical compound called vitamin E acetate in all the samples of lung fluid collected from 29 patients who were hospitalized after vaping, suggesting a possible culprit for the spate of lung injuries that has swept across the U.S.

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Juul Labs has agreed to stop advertising its popular e-cigarettes in the United States and announced that its chief executive officer is stepping down as state and federal regulators examine hundreds of cases of people who are sick from what appears to be a vaping-related lung disease.

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Ohio Department of Health officials are investigating 11 additional reports of severe breathing illnesses among vapers. 

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An Ohio woman's lawsuit against an e-cigarette maker charges it markets nicotine vapor products to teens like her daughters and fails to warn consumers about the products' high nicotine levels. 

Updated August 19, 6:28 p.m.

When Dylan Nelson was admitted to the ICU in July with difficulty breathing, his mother, Kim Barnes. figured it was his asthma acting up. But when she got to the hospital in Burlington, Wis., he couldn't speak. He was intubated. His blood oxygen level was only 10%. He was put into a medically induced coma.

Barnes told the nurse she worried she wouldn't see her 26-year-old son again. The nurse reassured her.

San Francisco Bans Sales Of E-Cigarettes

Jun 25, 2019

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San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in the city. The city is the corporate home of Juul Labs, the biggest producer of e-cigarettes in the United States.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera co-authored the ordinance, and celebrated the final vote. "This is a decisive step to help prevent another generation of San Francisco children from becoming addicted to nicotine," he says.

 City Councils in Upper Arlington and Delaware last night approved legislation banning smoking in city parks. 

Smokers who switched to e-cigarettes were much more likely to quit than people who used nicotine patches, gum or similar products, according to a large study.

The bad news: People who successfully quit tobacco were often hooked on e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are considered far less hazardous than the ones you light up. Still, American health officials worry about their addictive nature and lure for young people. But British health officials tend to look more favorably upon them.

There's yet more disturbing news about kids vaping nicotine.

Vaping jumped dramatically again among high school students between 2017 and 2018.

In fact, it was the biggest one-year spike of any kind in the 44 years the Monitoring the Future survey has been tracking substance abuse by young people.

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Officials in the Pickerington Local Schools are considering changing the student handbook to crack down on vaping. 

The Food and Drug Administration announced a set of major new enforcement actions Wednesday aimed at reducing the sales and marketing of electronic cigarettes to teenagers.

Saying vaping among teenagers has reached "an epidemic proportion," the agency said it was taking a "series of critical and historic" measures to curb the alarming trends.

Hilliard City Council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking on all city-owned land including parks, parking lots and buildings.

A legislative panel in Ohio has approved a bill that would require liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes to be sold in child-resistant packaging.  

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As electronic cigarettes are becoming more popular, the numbers of medical crises involving the liquid nicotine refills they use are rising dramatically. 

A bill introduced in the state legislature seeks to make sure that children cannot get into liquid used in electronic cigarettes. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed a bill that aims to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18.

The Ohio House has approved the Senate's version of a bill banning minors from buying, possessing or using electronic cigarettes.

Ohio Senate Approves Ban On Selling E-Cigs To Minors

Feb 14, 2014

The Ohio Senate has approved a measure banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

The Ohio House will soon open debate on a bill that would restrict the sale of e-cigarettes.