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Updated 6:14 p.m. ET

The Trump administration announced it will crack down on certain vaping products containing fruit, mint and other e-cigarette flavors to keep them away from kids. Manufacturers will have 30 days to take these products off the market before the Food and Drug Administration can take enforcement action.

The number of vaping deaths have climbed over 50 as the outbreak of lung injury cases have topped 2,500 nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the number of hospitalizations slowed in recent weeks, the latest figures released on Thursday show that most people who have had lung injuries after vaping had consumed THC-containing products.

Across the U.S., more than 2,000 people have reported vaping-related lung illnesses, and 47 have died. Some vaping happens in schools, so they share the burden of bringing this crisis under control. Which raises the question: what should the consequences be for a student caught vaping?

The Trump administration's plan to ban most flavored vaping products has stalled out, at least for the moment.

Two months ago, President Trump announced he was pursuing the new policy to put a dent in the youth vaping epidemic. The plan was supposed to have been unveiled in a matter of weeks.

But industry pushback and the politics of vaping appear to have derailed that process.

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.

Kroger, Walgreens To Stop Selling E-Cigarettes In U.S.

Oct 8, 2019
A woman using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio
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Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the U.S. amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping.

A rally in support of flavored vapor products was held at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the state's efforts to regulate the vaping industry after a string of vaping-related injuries and deaths. James Jarvis, president of the Ohio Vapor Trade Association, joins the show. 

A rally in support of flavored vapor products was held at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

On the very day a new excise tax on vaping products went into effect, hundreds gathered for a rally at the Ohio Statehouse. Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine called for new changes.

The recent numbers of vaping-related illness are alarming, at best; at worst, in the eyes of federal officials, the U.S. is embroiled in a deadly, mysterious and "ongoing outbreak" across the country.

Updated at 1:01 p.m. ET

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.

A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP

An Ohio lawmaker has introduced a bill banning the sale of flavored vaping products as concerns grow about health effects of vaping.

Wellness Wednesday: Health Risks Of Vaping THC

Sep 18, 2019
A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 380 confirmed and probable cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in 36 states. At least seven people have died.  

No single substance or product has been pinpointed as a cause but most patients said they were using e-cigarettes with THC, the chemical in marijuana that creates a “high.” 

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the dangers of vaping. 

 

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Updated on Sept. 27 at 7:06 p.m. ET to reflect the latest information from federal agencies

An outbreak of severe lung disease among users of electronic cigarettes continues to spread to new patients and states.

Ohio To Spend $4 Million To Curb Vaping

Sep 11, 2019
A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The Ohio Health Department says it will spend $4 million to help curb the use of vaping and e-cigarettes.

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the number of possible cases of severe respiratory illnesses among people who vaped nicotine or cannabis-related products has more than doubled, to 450 in 33 states.

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