• Florida Jun 5

    State Takes Action Against Vaping Companies

    Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has filed complaints against two companies selling vaping products in the state, accusing them of marketing to minors and failing to properly verify their customers’ age.

  • vaping Jun 4

    State Takes Action Against Vaping Companies

    Florida has filed complaints against some vaping companies. NBC 6’s Alina Machado reports.

  • vaping Mar 9

    Juul Labs Sought to Court AGs as Teen Vaping Surged

    The nation’s largest electronic-cigarette company, Juul Labs, donated tens of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of state attorneys general.

  • e-cigarettes Mar 2

    Correction: Congress-Vaping Story

    In a story February 28, 2020, about a House bill on vaping, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Oregon Rep. Greg Walden is a Democrat

  • News You Should Know Feb 28

    Investigation: Local Stores Sold Vapes Without Checking IDs

    In Florida, you have to be at least 18 to buy vaping products. But when the NBC 6 Investigators sent young-looking staffers to stores selling them, we found some didn’t verify their age.

  • NBC 6 Investigators Feb 27

    Investigation Finds Some Local Stores Sold Vapes Without Checking ID

    Gas stations, convenience stores and vape shops – vaping products that contain nicotine are being sold at all of them. But in Florida, you have to be at least 18 to buy these vaping products. State lawmakers are considering raising the age limit to 21 to match federal law. But when the NBC 6 Investigators sent young-looking staffers to stores…

  • vaping Feb 21

    ‘I Look Dead': Woman Recalls Experience With Vape-Related Illness

    Every breath is painful for Julia Itzin. While she was in the hospital, suffering from something her doctor said is commonly referred to as “vape lung,” she would record videos of herself crying as she struggled to speak. “I’m not OK today,” she said in one of the videos. “My chest hurts so bad.” Now, out of the hospital,...

  • FDA Feb 8

    FDA Crackdown on Vaping Flavors Has Blind Spot: Disposables

    The U.S. government on Thursday began enforcing restrictions on flavored electronic cigarettes aimed at curbing underage vaping. But some teenagers may be one step ahead of the rules.

    Parents, researchers and students warn that some young people have already moved on to a newer kind of vape that isn’t covered by the flavor ban.

  • vaping Feb 6

    Federal Flavor Ban Goes Into Effect Thursday, But Many Flavored Vape Products Will Still Be Available

    A nationwide ban on many flavored e-cigarette products goes into effect Thursday, but teenagers will still have access to nicotine vapes, experts say. The ban covers a number of kid-friendly flavorings, such as mint and fruit, though menthol and tobacco flavorings will remain legal, NBC News reports.

  • vaping Jan 17

    Armed Guards, Secret Location: Inside an Illegal Marijuana Bazaar Publicized on Instagram

    Shopping for illicit vape cartridges on Instagram is astonishingly simple. Open the app, plug in a hashtag such as #vapecartsforsale and — voilà — multiple posts appear with pictures of THC cartridges. In the comments or caption section, sellers advertise their products and post phone numbers for would-be buyers. “Shop here everything is good,” one seller wrote above a phone...

  • vaping Jan 2

    Trump Plan to Curb Teen Vaping Exempts Some Flavors

    U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-emitting devices....


    The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors from small, cartridge-based e-cigarettes that are popular with high school students. But menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes...

  • vaping Jan 1

    Trump Suggests Some Flavored Vapes May Be Pulled From Market

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the federal government will soon announce a new strategy to tackle underage vaping, promising, “We’re going to protect our families, we’re going to protect our children, and we’re going to protect the industry.” Trump was vague about what the plan would entail, but suggested “certain flavors” in cartridge-based e-cigarettes would be taken off...

  • Tobacco Dec 28, 2019

    Age Limit Now 21 Across US for Cigarettes, Tobacco Products

    Anyone under 21 can no longer legally buy cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco products in the United States. The new law enacted last week by Congress also applies to electronic cigarettes and vaping products that heat a liquid containing nicotine. Usually, new legislation doesn’t take effect right away. The change simply increased the age limit in existing law, so…

  • vaping Dec 20, 2019

    ‘Vast Majority' of Vaping Illnesses Blamed on Vitamin E

    Health officials now blame vitamin E acetate for the “vast majority” of cases in the U.S. outbreak of vaping illnesses and they say doctors should monitor patients more closely after they go home from the hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the updated advice Friday. And, in a related move Friday, authorities investigating how patients obtained...

  • Instagram Dec 18, 2019

    Facebook, Instagram Ban Influencers From Promoting Vaping and Guns for Money

    Facebook and Instagram will no longer allow influencers to promote vaping, tobacco products or weapons on its platforms using “branded content.”

    Instagram announced Wednesday it would no longer allow “branded content” that promotes those goods on either platform.

  • vaping Dec 18, 2019

    Weed Vaping Soars Among Teenagers, Doubling Since 2018

    The number of teenagers vaping marijuana has risen dramatically within the past two years, increasing at a near-record pace, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
    In just one year’s time — between 2018 and 2019 — the percentage of high school seniors who reported vaping pot within the past month rose from 7.5 percent to 14 percent.

  • vaping Dec 17, 2019

    E-Cigarettes Linked to Lung Problems, First Long-Term Study on Vaping Finds

    The first study on the long-term health effects of electronic cigarettes finds that the devices are linked to an increased risk of chronic lung diseases, according to research published Monday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

  • vaping Dec 12, 2019

    Vaping Illness Death Count Surpasses 50 in US

    Health officials say the death toll from the U.S. outbreak of vaping illnesses has surpassed 50. U.S. health officials on Thursday said 26 states have reported deaths. The 52 deaths are among more than 2,400 hospitalized cases that have been reported across the nation this year. The median age of the people who died is 52. But most people who...

  • vaping Dec 11, 2019

    Second Vaping-Related Death Reported in Florida

    The Florida Department of Health says a second person in Florida has died due to complications from vaping. The Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday that the department also reported a slight increase in the number of vaping-associated illnesses, which rose from 99 to 103 cases. No further information was released about the Florida death. The first vaping-related death in Florida was…

  • marijuana Dec 4, 2019

    Over 500K Pot Vapes Seized in 2 Years as Busts Rise in US

    As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too. From New York City to Nebraska farm country to California, authorities have seized at least 510,000 marijuana vape cartridges and arrested more than 120 people in the past two years, according to an Associated Press tally derived from interviews, court records, news accounts and official releases. A…

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