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Over 150 vaping-related lung illnesses reported in 16 states

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitals in 16 states have now reported 153 cases of serious respiratory illnesses in the last two months tied to vaping. In each case, the sick person admitted having vaped either nicotine or THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Compounds in 'vape juice' could be damaging to the lungs

Whether vaping nicotine liquid is safer than smoking cigarettes has been under debate since e-liquid vaporizers became available. It is likely "vape juice," the liquid that vaporizes in e-cigarettes, contains fewer dangerous chemicals than burned tobacco. However, it is difficult to say whether vape juice is safe to be inhaled.

Peñafiel bottled water recalled for violative arsenic levels

In April, Consumer Reports published an investigation into Peñafiel bottled water, which is produced by Keurig Dr. Pepper. CR's tests discovered, on average, 18.1 parts per billion (ppb) of arsenic in Peñafiel, which was tested three times. CR notified Keurig Dr. Pepper, which admitted that its own tests had found similar levels -- 17 ppb. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's standard for arsenic in bottled water is 10 ppb.

Playgrounds with crumb rubber from recycled tires may be toxic

It seemed like such a good idea. Old tires could be recycled into crumb rubber and used in playgrounds and on sports fields, replacing grass, sand or gravel. It would require much less maintenance and could keep tires out of landfills. The rubber would also be softer than sand or gravel, reducing the chance of injuries.

Study: 1 in 6 Uber and Lyft cars may be subject to recalls

Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft have become a popular alternative to taxis and public transportation. One reason these services are so inexpensive, however, may be a lack of regulation over the drivers and the cars they drive. Unfortunately, the companies themselves are failing to ensure that every ride will be in a car that is free from safety recalls.

e-Scooters may cause significant injuries, including brain trauma

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the city of Austin's public health department found that e-scooter injuries are common, even among first-time users, and can be serious. Some of this may be due to lack of helmet use among e-scooter riders. In many cases, riders suspect the e-scooter malfunctioned. It may also be due to rider inexperience.

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