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According to the most unpdated numbers, there has been an uptick in vaping-related illnesses impacting 530 people across 38 states and one U.S. territory. In Idaho, there have been six confirmed cases of vaping-related illnesses. Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, a researcher at Stanford University, has focused on teen tobacco use and is now looking at the issue of teen vaping. She joins Idaho Matters with two teenagers to talk about the impact of e-cigarettes in our communities.

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Hundreds of cases of vaping-related lung disease were reported across the U.S. last week. Two were in Idaho. Now, a local organization is bringing a national expert on the risks of teen vaping to Boise.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 380 cases of a vaping-caused illness, two of which are in Idaho. St. Luke's pulmonologist Patrick Weis joins Idaho Matters to discuss the harmful effects of vaping and possible impacts in the future.

Brent Coles makes headlines in the mayoral race, vaping leading to a pneumonia-like illness, Greyhound Bus leaves downtown Boise...these stories and more on the Reporter Roundtable today on Idaho Matters.

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Vaping has caused concern among parents and doctors for years. But now, U.S. health officials say they have about 450 cases of serious respiratory disease most likely tied to vaping. Here in Idaho, public health officials say two people have developed serious lung disease from vaping. 


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It may soon be illegal to use e-cigarettes or vaping devices in many public places in Boise.

Research Finds Teens Are Smoking Less, Vaping More

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Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher studies the effects of tobacco on teens and her recent research refutes claims that vaping is safer than smoking. Dr. Halpern-Felsher joins Corey Surber, Advocacy & Community Health Coordinator with Saint Alphonsus, on Idaho Matters to discuss her research.

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The FDA recently announced a planned ban on flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to curb the growing number of teens who use vaping products. We speak with St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute about this phenomenon, the health implications and their use as smoking cessation devices.

On The Monday, November 19, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

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Law enforcement officials in northern Idaho are worried local vape shops may be violating the state's strict anti-marijuana laws by selling oil derived from cannabis plants.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the oil is a non-psychotropic extract, meaning users are unable to get a high using the product.

However, Post Falls Police Chief Scott Haug says the oil is illegal under Idaho law because it comes from a marijuana plant.

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Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and 39 of his colleagues want tougher regulations for electronic cigarettes. The group hopes the federal government will act by Halloween.

The group sent a letter in September to the Food and Drug Administration. In it, the Attorneys General say e-cigarettes use nicotine, which is an addictive substance.