Vaping

January 2, 2020 | Staff Writer

FDA Targets Flavored E-Cigarette Products That Appeal to Young People

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced companies had 30 days to stop manufacturing and selling certain flavors of e-cigarettes that appeal to young people. The action still allows tobacco- and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes but targets fruit flavors and mint. In a statement, Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said: […]

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December 3, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Advocates Call For Limiting Vape Products to Teenagers

COLLEGE PARK — To cut back on the marked increase of e-cigarette use by teenagers, advocates called for limiting the access of electronic smoking devices at the first meeting of a task force to determine the state’s next regulatory steps. The advocates called on increased taxes to put the cost out of reach for teens […]

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December 2, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know for Dec. 2 in Montgomery County

Showers this afternoon. And not much rain expected for the rest of the week. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County for Dec. 2. 1. Recycled Words: Adam Ortiz, director of the county Department of Environmental Protection, will speak at noon at the Montgomery County Planning Department, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. His […]

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November 26, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Franchot to Convene Task Force on Electronic Smoking Devices

A Maryland task force meets for the first time Tuesday in College Park to examine the public health and safety implications of electronic smoking devices. Created by Comptroller Peter Franchot, the state’s chief regulator of tobacco, the “e-facts Task Force” will produce a final report in early 2020, in time for the Maryland General Assembly […]

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November 7, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Albornoz on Marcus Jones, Vaping, the 2020 Election and Racial Equity

Montgomery County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz stopped by the MyMCMedia studios and we had an impromptu news conference where he covered his 2020 presidential pick, the appointment of Marcus Jones to lead Montgomery County police and what the County Council learned on its recent retreat on racial equity legislation. But first, he talked about the public […]

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October 25, 2019 | Staff Writer

Drug Take Back Day Will Accept Vaping Pens

Collection sites for Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day will be accepting more than just prescription drugs. They’ll be accepting vape pens and e-cigarette devices. The service is free and anonymous. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency, which organizes Drug Take Back Day, cannot accept devices containing lithium ion batteries. If batteries cannot be removed prior to […]

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October 23, 2019 | Staff Writer

Comptroller Launches Vaping Study Task Force

Because of the growing number of reports about serious illnesses, lung disease and deaths attributable to vaping, Comptroller Peter Franchot announced Wednesday he is creating a task force to examine the public health and safety implications of electronic smoking devices (ESD). As comptroller, Franchot is Maryland’s chief tobacco regulator. In a statement, he said his […]

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October 16, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

County Council Approves Lawsuit Against Juul Labs

The Montgomery County Council publicly authorized its lawsuit against Juul Labs and Altria Group on Tuesday.  The council is suing the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) manufacturers and distributors for targeting minors in their marketing, breaking state and federal law. The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 11.  In the statement on behalf of the council, Council President […]

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September 19, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Impact of Vaping on Youth and Health

Health officials say one vape cartridge is equal to about 20 cigarettes. Vaping is on the rise among adolescents and teens. So are seizures, nosebleeds, fever, vomiting, chest pain and shortness of breath, symptoms of severe lung disease. The American Lung Association recently estimated that at least 5,700 kids start to vape every day. Science […]

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September 16, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

New E-Cigarette Measures Underway Throughout the County

There is a rapid rise in e-cigarette use among youth. To combat this public health crisis, new e-cigarette prevention measures are underway in Montgomery County. Members of Montgomery County Council have recently introduced Bills that would prohibit vape shops near certain schools, and would also prohibit e-cigarette manufactures from distributing near schools. Currently, there are […]

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