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Ohio To Spend $4 Million To Curb Vaping

Sep 11, 2019
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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.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is confirming three reports of severe pulmonary illness are likely caused by vaping and it is investigating 11 more suspected cases. That's up from six suspected cases the agency reported less than two weeks ago.

Updated 4:01 p.m., Aug. 23, 2019

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) officials are now asking doctors and hospitals to report any cases of patients with serious respiratory problems that could be connected to vaping to their local health department.  

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A new service launched by the Ohio Department of Health this month offers free, confidential help for people under 18 who are trying to stop using e-cigarettes and tobacco – something that the U.S. Surgeon General calls an “epidemic.”

E-cigarette Popularity Surges In Rural Classrooms

Jun 11, 2019

North Newton Junior/Senior High lies in the Northwest corner of Indiana, in a county home to more dairy cows than people.

But students have no problem getting e-cigarettes in all shapes and sizes. Some look like pens, others like computer thumb drives.

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E-cigarettes and vape companies are courting smokers and non-smokers alike, and they have the advertising to match.

Wellness Wednesday: Medical Marijuana Education And More

Feb 13, 2019
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E-cigarette companies brand their products as healthy alternatives to smoking.

A Texas man recently died after the battery in his vape pen exploded. And a new study found that e-cigarettes help some people quit, but when it comes to nicotine addiction, the results are unclear.

Do e-cigarettes pose more risks than benefits?

Today on All Sides Wellness Wednesday, the dangers of e-cigarettes, medical marijuana education and more.

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.


The Food and Drug Administration proposed restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco products last week.  Flavoring such products has become a staple in the tobacco and vaping industry to draw in customers. A new study published this week found that vaping likely leads to smoking. Today on All Sides, how flavoring tobacco and vaping products came to be, and more on Wellness Wednesday. 


Exercise is good for muscle, heart and mental health.  A recently published study in Lancet Psychiatry says that there might be a point of diminishing returns, however, when it comes to mental wellbeing and exercise.  Today on Wellness Wednesday, we discuss the links between exercise and mental health.  

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday they will take steps to crack down on the sale of e-cigarette products to children and teenagers. More than two million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2016 and that number has continued to grow.

Wellness Wednesday: Ambulance Bills, Big Vape, and Caregiving

Nov 29, 2017
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Twenty one states protect consumers against surprise medical costs, but a recently published study shows that even the most common hospital services such as the use of ground ambulances can run up the bill for basic services.

Then, we explore the booming e-cigarette industry, government regulation of vaping, and its consequences for your health. Later, a discussion of caregiving for elderly parents and emerging norms from our aging population.


The FDA has ruled that e-cigarettes should be treated like the rest of tobacco products, leading to new regulations that began on Monday. Also, studies are finding that sleep is hugely important in all aspects of children's health.  Additionally, we discuss a variety of issues from foot health, to hemorrhoids.