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FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars

The Food and Drug Administration laid out a plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, a move the agency says will reduce disease and deaths by taking products that have long-targeted young people and people of color off the market. ... Read more»

Vaping, opioid addiction accelerate coronavirus risks

In the background of the coronavirus pandemic, these other issues — the opioid epidemic and vaping crisis — persist in heaping complications on an overwhelmed public health system.... Read more»

Study raises concern about e-cig waste

As media coverage focuses on the more immediate public health crisis of vaping, and its link to a recent spate of mysterious lung illnesses and deaths, researchers caution there also is a looming environmental threat. ... Read more»

Tucson cops, feds roll up UPS ring trafficking potentially deadly THC vape pens

Tucson police officers and Homeland Security agents took down a "sophisticated" scheme to ship drugs and cash through UPS, arresting 11 men and seizing 50,000 counterfeit THC vape pens of the type linked to recent deaths.... Read more»

Pima Supes snuff out 'T21' age limit for tobacco, vaping products

Pima County Supervisors voted 3-2 against imposing a ban on selling nicotine products to residents under 21 years old, while the Tucson City Council put off a decision on a similar new law.... Read more»

As e-cig use climbs, schools address problem with vape detectors

E-cigarette use rose 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018. As vaping grows, raising health and addiction concerns, Arizona schools are addressing the problem by installing vape detectors in restrooms.... Read more»

FDA limits restrictions on flavored e-cigarette sales to stem surging underage use

The FDA won't ban flavored cigarettes marketed to children, which the agency considered, but imposes stricter sales restrictions on-line and in convenience stores.... Read more»