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FDA: Small number of seizures may indicate new risk from vaping

Between 2010 and early 2019, the FDA received 35 reports of people experiencing seizures after smoking e-cigarettes. These primarily occurred among younger people, although no clear pattern has yet emerged. Unfortunately, there has been a "slight but noticeable increase" since June of last year. Could vaping have a risk people are unaware of?

Jury: Monsanto knew of Roundup's dangers, didn't warn consumers

A California jury has awarded a man $80 million after finding that Roundup weed killer, made by the agrochemical company Monsanto, caused his cancer. The award included $75 million in punitive damages, which were meant to punish Monsanto for acting with "malice or oppression" when it decided not to warn consumers of Roundup's cancer risks.

An exploding e-cigarette claims another life

A study by Tobacco Control found over 2,000 instances of e-cigarettes, also known as vape pens, exploding and causing burn injuries between 2015 and 2017. The injuries are often severe, as vape pens are used by mouth and typically stored in the user's pocket. The U.S. Fire Administration says that the explosions and burns are due to the lithium ion batteries used by most manufacturers.

Goodyear G159 tires linked to over 100 deaths, never recalled

Did confidential settlements prevent safety regulators from learning about all crashes involving Goodyear's G159 tires? According to an investigation by to the transportation and vehicle website Jalopnik, at least one crash involving the tire was never recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- possibly because the people involved were prevented from notifying NHTSA by a confidentiality agreement.

FDA seeks to ban most flavored e-cigarettes at retail locations

E-cigarettes and nicotine vaporizers have been under increasing scrutiny after dramatic increases in their use by young people. The rate of traditional tobacco smoking is at a record low, but vaping nicotine is increasingly popular among underage youth. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes part of the problem is the delicious-sounding flavors vaporizer fluids come in. Therefore, the agency plans to issue a regulation restricting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes at brick-and-mortar retail locations. In addition, it plans to require online purchasers to submit verification of their age.

Testing finds toxic cadmium in adult jewelry at some chain stores

After a 2010 scandal involving cadmium in some children's jewelry of Chinese manufacture, several states outlawed the metal in kids' products -- but not for adults. By 2012, it seemed the metal was no longer being used in children's jewelry. However, the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health recently tested adult jewelry from three national manufacturers and found at least 40 percent -- and the majority over 90 percent -- cadmium.

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