Minnesota youth vaping trial of e-cigarette maker Juul opens

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will personally open his state’s case against Juul Labs on Tuesday, the first of thousands of cases against the e-cigarette maker to reach trial. Minnesota is seeking more than $100 million in damages, Ellison said, accusing San Francisco-based Juul of unlawfully targeting young people to get a new generation addicted to nicotine….

Fargo Cass Public Health Encourages People To Stop Smoking For “It’s Quitting Time” Week

Health experts the best first step in quitting is finding the cause.

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Cass Public Health says nearly 20% of all adults in North Dakota smoke. That leads to more than $300 million in health care costs and killing nearly 1,000 people a year. Health experts the best first step in quitting is finding the cause. “Pay attention when you are having each of those cigarettes. Is it a…

Organizations In Minnesota Want Teens To Know The Dangers Of Vaping

Clearway Minnesota and Clay County Health discussed how to reach the youth.

MINNESOTA – As teens find savvier ways to vape without getting caught, Clearway Minnesota is on a mission to cut at the root of the vaping epidemic. The organization lobbies at the State Capitol to pass stricter tobacco laws. “We have four main policy goals: One is tobacco 21, the second is restricting or prohibiting all flavored tobacco products, the…

Local Businesses React to Raising Federal Tobacco-Buying Age

President Trump recently signed a spending package that, among other things, raises the federal legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21

FARGO, N.D. & MOORHEAD, Minn. — Walk into almost any convenience store or gas station, and you’ll see multiple shelves and display cases packed with cigarettes, vaping devices, and other forms of tobacco products. The National Association of Convenience Stores says 34 percent of all in-store purchases are attributed to tobacco. But beginning in the summer, these numbers may change….

Minnesota Files Lawsuit Against Vaping Manufacturer Juul

It accuses Juul of deceptive trade practices, false advertising and violating consumer protection laws

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota is suing Juul Labs, the nation’s biggest producer of electronic cigarette products, for deceiving consumers and harming the state’s youth. “They will use their merchant of doubt playbook to tell us we’re bad parents,” said Minnesota’s Democratic Governor Tim Walz. “To tell us we have bad kids. To tell us that we should have known,…

Surgeon General Warns Teens About Vaping

The "nation's doctor'' says he plans to work toward more restrictions on e-cigarettes.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The U.S. surgeon general is urging teens in North Dakota not to get caught up in addicting e-cigarettes. Surgeon General Jerome Adams visited Legacy High School in Bismarck Wednesday where he spoke to about 500 students from across the region about the dangers of vaping. Adams told the teens it can affect learning, attention and memory and that the…

Minnesota Reports 2 More Vaping Related Deaths

Minnesota has 73 people with confirmed or probable cases of lung illness due to vaping.

MINNEAPOLIS–Minnesota health officials are reporting the state’s second and third deaths due to lung illnesses caused by vaping. The Department of Health said Wednesday both deaths involved people over age 50 who died in September after complicated hospitalizations. One had vaped several products including THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high. The other patient had vaped unknown products in…

Possible Cluster of Vaping-Related Illness Reported in North Dakota

The NDDoH has received seven confirmed, five probable and three suspected reports of vaping-related illness.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed three cases of vaping-related illness in northeast North Dakota in the last week, indicating a potential cluster. The NDDoH has received seven confirmed, five probable and three suspected reports of vaping-related illness. Similar to nationwide trends, most, but not all confirmed or probable cases in North Dakota reported using THC products….

Fargo Cass Public Health hosts its first “Break Free Youth Action Summit”

The summit gave students tools and resources to find their voice and advocate for change.

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo Cass Public Health is hosting its first “Break Free Youth Action Summit.” The goal is to present techniques on how teens can be  successful tobacco prevention advocates. Following the e–cigarette outbreak, Fargo Cass Public Health in collaboration with Tobacco Free North Dakota decided to host their first summit to get the youth to take action and…

New Survey Shows Surge in Vaping by Minnesota Young People

Minnesota now has 55 confirmed or probable cases of vaping-related severe lung injuries.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–A new survey says one in four Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the previous 30 days, a 54% increase from the same survey in 2016. The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday the jump among 8th graders was even more significant, with 11% reporting vaping in the preceding 30 days, nearly double the 2016 figure….