E-cigarette giant Juul has voluntarily suspended sales of flavored products but other vaping businesses are fighting to keep their flavor pods on the market; Jonathan Serrie reports from Atlanta. Juul Labs said Thursday it will stop selling mint-flavored electronic cigarettes in the U.S. amid a nationwide backlash against vaping. The San Francisco-based company took the step days after new government research showed Juul to be the top brand among high schoolers who use e-cigarettes and that many prefer mint. The study by the University of Southern California showed that mint was the most popular flavor among Juul users in 10th and 12th grades, and the second-most popular flavor among middle-schoolers. After halting mint sales, Juul only will sell menthol and tobacco flavors.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals more than 2,000 people are now suffering, as the death toll climbs to forty. President Trump said his administration is expected to release a new policy on vaping next week that will explore an age requirement "of 21 or so." "We have to take care of our kids most importantly," Trump said, as he was leaving the White House on Friday. "So we're going to have an age limit of 21 or so, but we will be coming out with something next week very important on vaping. We have a lot of people to look at including jobs, frankly, because it's become a very big industry but we're going to take care of it." "There's also, when you mention vaping you're talking about e-cigarettes you're talking about a lot of different things, but we're coming out with a big paper next week," he told reporters.
Connecticut has seen its first death from the mysterious vaping illnesses sweeping the US, state health department officials said Thursday. With the addition of the Connecticut fatality, the national death toll is now 19. The state's health department has not released the name, exact age or sex of the individual who passed away last week, but said that they were between the ages of 30 and 39. At least another 1,080 people nationwide are suffering severe lung damage from e-cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Thursday report. Vaping-linked illnesses have led to the deaths of 18 Americans in 15 states (red) the CDC said on Thursday.
Eighteen people in the US have died after vaping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. There are now 1,080 cases of vaping related illnesses across the US. For the first time, health officials are urging all Americans to'refrain from vaping,' they they said in a Thursday telebriefing that they do not want former smokers who now vape to return to combustible cigarettes. Although the clearest links continue to be be to black market and THC e-cigarettes, the CDC and Food and Drug Administration say that cases are not limited to these products. Some 80 percent of the sick Americans are under the age of 35, and 16 percent are teenagers 18 or under.
U.S. health officials urging people to stop using e-cigarettes; Casey Stegall reports from Dallas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday lowered the number of vaping-linked lung illness cases from 450 to 380 across 36 states. "The previous case count was higher because it reported possible cases that were under investigation by states. The current number includes only confirmed and probable cases reported by states to CDC after classification," the CDC said in its update. The new tally was the first based on the new case definition, which counts only breathing illnesses with abnormal chest X-rays, patients with a recent history of vaping, and patients who had lab work done to rule out infectious diseases or other possible causes.