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Book cover for "The Devil's Playbook" by Lauren Etter - red background, vapor from an ecig, and ecig, and the title of the book and author's name
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Since its founding in 2015, Juul has exploded into the highest-selling e-cigarette on the market. It made its founders billionaires and has become the face of the youth vaping crisis. In 2018, the Surgeon General declared the staggering rise of e-cigarette use among teens an epidemic: data that year showed that more than 3.6 million teens, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 and 20 middle school students, used e-cigarettes.

The following year, a series of deaths and severe lung injuries tied to vaping sounded even more alarm bells; and while we are now more aware of its threat, the vaping epidemic still rages.

In "The Devil's Playbook: Big Tobacco, Juul, and the Addiction of a New Generation" award-winning Bloomberg journalist Lauren Etter reveals the story of the business’s unprecedented boom and the staggering damage it caused.

A "Smoke Free" sign in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The Northeast garnered mixed reviews in the American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report out Wednesday. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is once again pushing for a ban on flavored tobacco-based vaping products, saying he hopes a law is passed in the next month.

New York gets mixed grades for its tobacco policies in The American Lung Association’s 2020 State of Tobacco Control report.


After a New York judge ruled that the Cuomo Administration’s ban on flavored vape products overstepped its authority, advocates will lobby the state legislature to pass a bill to prevent sales of flavored tobacco products.

Great American Smokeout Now Focusing On Vaping

Nov 21, 2019

A second vaping-related death has been reported in New York. The state health department reports the man was in his 30s, lived in Manhattan and had a history of vaping. 

New York's Department of Health has declared the state’s second death linked to a vaping-associated illness.

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A Vermont community has banned vaping in its town-owned spaces.


A state appeals court on Thursday temporarily blocked New York from enforcing a new prohibition on sales of flavored e-cigarettes after the vaping industry sued to block the ban.

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A New York state senator has introduced legislation to compel e-cigarette manufacturers to disclose ingredients on their packaging.

New York Moves To Ban Menthol E-Cigarettes

Sep 26, 2019

New York’s ban on flavored electronic cigarettes could soon be extended to menthol e-cigarettes.  

Karen DeWitt

New York’s Health Department Public Health Council voted Tuesday to ban flavored e-cigarettes in the state beginning October 4. The panel did so over the protests of vape shop owners, who say they are helping people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, and that they will lose their businesses when the ban takes effect. 

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Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency executive move Sunday to direct the state health department to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, health advocates say the move doesn’t go far enough, while the industry says the governor is overreaching.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order to direct the state health department to ban all flavored electronic cigarettes, in response to a vaping heath emergency that has sickened hundreds and killed six people.

Flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products on the shelves of a Stewart's store in Latham.
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There’s new scrutiny over vaping products of all kinds, as the number of New Yorkers sickened with a disease that is so far related to some black market marijuana vaping products has now risen to 60. Hundreds of people across the U.S. have been sickened and five have died.

Some NYS Lawmakers Aim To Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Sep 14, 2019
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Some New York state lawmakers hope to work on measures to ban flavored e-cigarettes and other related legislation when the next session begins in January. This comes amid concern over the recent rise in lung-related illnesses and, in some states, deaths related to vaping. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the governor is also getting involved.

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Gov. Cuomo To New Yorkers: Don't Vape

Sep 9, 2019
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Health Department are continuing to urge New Yorkers to refrain from using any vaping products for marijuana or nicotine while an investigation continues into the cause of a mysterious lung ailment related to vaping that has now sickened 41 New Yorkers.

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked at least 5 deaths and 450 illnesses to vaping products, New York officials are urging state residents to stop using them.

Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Raising NY Smoking Age

Jul 17, 2019

Under a new law in New York, the age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products is going up. 

Flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products on the shelves of a Stewart's store in Latham.
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The Albany County Legislature is poised to vote on a law that would ban the sale of flavored vapor and smoke-free tobacco products.

NYACS President Jim Calvin in Latham.
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A proposed ban on retail sales of flavored tobacco and electronic cigarette products in Albany County is being challenged by convenience store owners.

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The Vermont House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase and use tobacco products in the state to 21.

Plattsburgh City Council considers amendment to tobacco ban
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The Plattsburgh City Council has approved a measure to include electronic smoking devices in the smoking ban at the city’s public properties.  At a meeting Thursday, a number of students voiced their support of the measure while some adults detailed their opposition.

The Clinton County Health Department held a public information session Wednesday evening on the spike in vaping use among youth.  Panelists presented regional data and parents talked about how easily children can obtain the products.

There is mixed reaction to the idea of restricting the use of e-cigarettes in the city of Plattsburgh.

The American Lung Association has released its 2019 "State of Tobacco Control" report.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the state's minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 — to curb their use by younger people.

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  The top law enforcement officer in Massachusetts has launched an investigation into one of the country’s largest makers of e-cigarettes.

A first step has been taken to ban vaping in public places in the largest city in western Massachusetts.