By Sydney Lupkin and Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Kaiser Health News It was the arrival of the second man in his early 20s gasping for air that alarmed Dr. Dixie Harris. Young patients rarely get so sick, so fast, with a severe lung illness, and this was her second case in a matter of days. Then she saw t As patients in hospitals across the country combat a mysterious illness linked to e-cigarettes, federal and state investigators are frantically trying to trace the outbreaks to specific vaping products that, until recently, were virtually unregulated. As of Aug. 22, 193 potential vaping-related illnesses in 22 states had been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wisconsin, which first put out an alert in July, has at least 16 confirmed and 15 suspected cases. Illinois has reported 34 patients, one of whom has died. Indiana is investigating another 24. Lung doctors said they had seen warning signs for years that vaping could be hazardous, as they treated … [Read more...] about Investigators Rush to Trace Vaping Products Linked to Outbreak
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By Madlen Davies, Matthew Chapman, Jana Kasperkevic, Ben Stockton The embattled American vape company Juul is pushing foreign governments to ditch strict e-cigarette regulations as it aggressively expands across the globe in an attempt to offset lost profits in the U.S. Juul, which sells sleek e-cigarettes and flavored nicotine “pods” that have become a craze among American teenagers, is planning to enter new markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. As it expands, the company has spent millions of dollars lobbying politicians in an attempt to preempt or roll back relevant regulations on products in several different countries. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal Juul has met politicians, regulators and officials to lobby on vaping rules, putting forward health claims it cannot legally make in the U.S. It has also launched glossy marketing campaigns that attempt to portray the company as a responsible alternative to smoking—a … [Read more...] about Juul Plots Global Expansion Amid Vaping Deaths in U.S.
Hà Nội's market management officers destroy 63 tonnes of illegal goods owned by a private company in Hải Dương Province. — Photo laodong.vn HÀ NỘI — About 63 tonnes of goods from a company in Thanh Hà District, Hải Dương Province, have been destroyed, according to Hà Nội’s Market Management Department. Chu Xuân Kiên, head of the department, on Wednesday said the goods were counterfeit, poor quality, banned goods and those without origin, owned by the Green Environment Trading and Services Production Co Ltd. The destroyed goods, worth nearly VNĐ6 billion (US$260,800), include cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes; nitrous oxide cylinders; alcohol, books, mobile phones, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, foods, GPS navigation devices and animal organs. Kiên said the destruction was to prevent the low-quality and counterfeit goods from affecting the … [Read more...] about Hà Nội destroys 63 tonnes of illegal goods