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NEW HAVEN — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) will will join researchers from the Yale School of Medicine 10:30 a.m. Monday for a press conference highlighting dangerous chemicals in vaping cartridge made by the e-cigarette company Juul. The event will take place at the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.
Multiple people have been hospitalized nationwide after using vaping products, including at least 11 suspected cases in Connecticut. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there are now 3.7 million youth users of e-cigarettes. From 2017 to 2018, the rate of e-cigarette use amongst high school and middle school students rose 78 percent.
Researchers used a custom-built “vaping machine” to analyze the chemical makeup of various flavors of the Juul refill cartridges. During Monday’s event, experts will demonstrate how they conducted their experiments.
Blumenthal introduced the bicameral Preventing Opportunities for Teen E-Cigarette and Tobacco Addiction Act to invest $500 million dollars over five years to address the rise in e-cigarette use and also consistently called on the FDA to ban all flavored products, and regulate and review all e-cigarette products.
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