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MASS. BAN ON MENTHOL, FLAVORED TOBACCO (TOOK) EFFECT MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020

By The Associated Press, May 31, 2020

“Mass. became the first state to approve such a ban when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill in November.”

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THE SCARY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VAPING AND CORONAVIRUS

By Julia Ries, The Huffington Post, April 2020

“Research on vaping’s long-term health effects is still limited. But given what we know about smoking, COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, health experts confidently say that vaping will not only increase your risk of developing complications from the coronavirus, but will boost your chances of spreading it to others as well.”

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HEALEY AND MGH WARN ON VAPING

By Felice J. Freyer, Boston Globe, April 2020

“Attorney General Maura Healey and Massachusetts General Hospital warned that smoking and vaping may increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19, in an advisory sent Thursday to medical professionals, educators, and parent and advocacy groups.”

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PUFFING AWAY SADNESS

By Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, February 2020

“Nicotine, the active ingredient in cigarettes, is a stimulant. Used in low doses like those delivered by combustible cigarettes, stimulants activate the nervous system, resulting in enhanced arousal and alertness. Nicotine binding in the limbic system — the part of the brain that houses the pleasure and reward center — releases dopamine, resulting in feelings of euphoria. These effects combine to give smokers a boost in their mood.”

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MASS. ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES JUUL FOR CREATING YOUTH VAPING EPIDEMIC

By WCVB Boston, February 2020

“This is the second lawsuit filed against JUUL by a state attorney general this week. The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office sued the company Monday over how its products are marketed and sold to teenagers.”

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TEENS FIND LOOPHOLE IN FLAVORED VAPING BAN

By Shelia Kaplan, The New York Times, February 2020

“When the Trump administration decided to prohibit fruit, mint, and dessert flavors in refillable cartridge-based e-cigarettes like Juul, it carved out a few exceptions to mollify the vape shop owners and adult consumers who complained. The much-publicized exemption allows menthol and tobacco flavors.”

“But a footnote on Page 9 of the new policy permits all flavors to continue to be sold in devices that cannot be refilled and are designed to be disposed of after the flavored nicotine has run dry.”

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MASS VAPE RULES ALREADY TOUGHER THAN US BAN

By Naomi Martin, The Boston Globe, January 2020

“Teenage nicotine vaping has exploded, with recent federal surveys showing one in four high school seniors used nicotine e-cigarettes in the past month. The rise came as thousands of flavored vape products emerged that youth advocates said appealed to children, such as bubblegum and cotton candy.”

“Officials said the policy was aimed at striking ‘the right public health balance‘ between curbing youth vaping and keeping options for adult smokers trying to quit combustible cigarettes.”


MASSACHUSETTS LAWS TAKING EFFECT IN 2020

By Melissa Simas Tyler, NBC10 Boston, December 30, 2019

“From a hands-free driving law to a law restricting the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, Bay State residents will see changes in 2020.”


TOBACCO BUYING AGE HAS BEEN RAISED TO 21 IN US

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN, December 2019

“A new law in the United States that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 is now in effect, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.”


RESULTS OF THE 2019 MONITORING THE FUTURE SURVEY – VAPING, MARIJUANA AND OTHER DRUGS

National Institute on Drug Abuse, December, 2019

NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow discusses mixed results of the 2019 Monitoring the Future Survey, with vaping of nicotine and marijuana rapidly increasing, but other drug use trends still declining. 


MASSACHUSETTS ADOPTS TOUGH BAN ON FLAVORED VAPING, TOBACCO PRODUCTS

By Nate Raymond, Reuters, November 2019

“Baker’s administration beginning in September had moved to temporarily ban on all vaping product sales. That ban will remain in effect until Dec. 11 while new vaping regulations are adopted in light of the first ban passed by a state legislature.”


THE MASSACHUSETTS VAPING BAN WILL END EARLY, BUT THERE’S A CATCH

By Spencer Buell, Boston Magazine, November 2019

“It’s over December 11, but it’ll be a whole new world for e-cigarette users. Here’s what you need to know.”


MASSACHUSETTS GOV. CHARLIE BAKER SIGNS NEW BAN ON TOBACCO, VAPE FLAVORS, MENTHOL CIGARETTES

By WCVB 5 ABC News Boston, November 2019

“Massachusetts’ governor signed into law (November 27, 2019) a groundbreaking ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s signature makes Massachusetts the first to enact a permanent statewide ban, anti-smoking groups said. “


MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS APPROVE BILL BANNING FLAVORED TOBACCO AND LEVYING 75% EXCISE TAX ON E-CIGARETTES

By William Feuer, CNBC, November 2019

  • The bill would make Massachusetts the first state to ban menthol cigarettes, which anti-smoking advocates say are designed to appeal to children.
  • It would also impose a 75% tax on e-cigarettes and improve access to smoking cessation programs.
  • Passage comes as a mysterious lung disease that U.S. officials have traced to vaping has sickened more than 2,100 and killed 42 people.

MASSACHUSETTS SHOULD BAN FLAVORED TOBACCO

Opinion: By Sarah J. Ryan, Boston College Freshman, & National Youth Ambassador for Tobacco Free Kids


YOUNG MAN’S NICOTINE ADDICTION IS SUBJECT OF LAWSUIT AGAINST JUUL

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe, November 2019

“A Taunton lawyer is suing the San Francisco-based e-cigarette company over its marketing practices, accusing Juul of causing 24-year-old Michael Glick to develop a severe nicotine addiction through aggressive efforts to get teens and young adults to start vaping.”


WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE VAPE BAN

By Naomi Martin, The Boston Globe, November 2019

“Many doctors praised the ban, but some public health advocates warned it could encourage consumers to purchase dangerous vapes on the illicit market. Local vape shops and a nationwide vaping trade group sued the state, alleging the ban would financially ruin them and was unhelpful for public health. Four medical marijuana patients were allowed to join that lawsuit.”


VAPING ILLNESS ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ POINTS TO VITAMIN E OIL AS A CAUSE, CDC SAYS

By Erika Edwards, NBC News, November 2019

“Investigators tested samples of fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients with vaping illness in 10 different states, and found vitamin E acetate in all 29. No other oils, such as mineral oil or plant oils, were found at high levels.”


E-CIGARETTES HURT HEART HEALTH, POSSIBLY MORE THAN REGULAR CIGARETTES

By Erika Edwards, NBC News, November 2019

“In two separate studies that will presented at the upcoming meeting of the American Heart Association, e-cigarettes use was shown to impact cholesterol, as well as the body’s ability to pump blood.”


DEA TO ACCEPT ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICES AND CARTRIDGES AS PART OF NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

Press Release, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, October 18, 2019


VAPING EPIDEMIC: INSIDE THE RISE & FUTURE OF E-CIGARETTES

VIDEO by Sunday Today with Willie Geist, October 2019.

“NBC’s Morgan Radford takes a close look at the state of vaping in the United States and the wave of young activists rallying against it.”


HOW TO KEEP TWEENS FROM VAPING

By Susan Newman and Phyllis Fagell, U.S. News & World Report, October 2019

“As parents and educators scramble to address skyrocketing vaping rates among teens, we can’t afford to neglect preteens, or kids 9 to 12, who are also increasingly using e-cigarettes as well.”



HELPING TEENAGERS QUIT VAPING

By Perri Klass, M.D., The New York Times, October 2019

“There are frightening numbers about e-cigarette use in the young, and increasing reports of serious illness, lung damage and deathrelated to vaping. What can we do to help an adolescent or a young adult shake a nicotine habit?”


FIRST VAPING-RELATED DEATH REPORTED IN MASS.

The Boston Globe, September, 2019


WISCONSIN BROTHERS CHARGED IN COUNTERFEIT VAPING OPERATION

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 2019


BAKER DECLARES PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, ORDERS 4 MONTH BAN ON ALL VAPING PRODUCTS

The Boston Globe, September 2019


STATE SEES 38 POSSIBLE CASES OF VAPING ILLNESS,

The Boston Globe, September 2019


AG VOWS TO PURSUE PURDUE OWNERS

The Boston Globe, September 2019


WHY THE VAPING LUNG CRISIS IS EXPLODING NOW ACCORDING TO BOSTON DOCTORS

The Boston Globe, September 2019


QUIT SMOKING ASAP

The Boston Globe, September 2019


VAPERS SEEK RELIEF FROM NICOTINE ADDICTION IN CIGARETTES

NBC News, September 2019


JUUL CEO KEVIN BURNS TELLS CBS NEWS: I DON’T WANT MY KIDS USING THE PRODUCT

CBS News, August, 2019


DEA TO ACCEPT ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICES AND CARTRIDGES AS PART OF NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

Press Release, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, October 18, 2019