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San Francisco passes ban on e-cigarette sales, a US first

San Francisco will become the first US city to effectively ban e-cigarette sales, after the city’s board of supervisors unanimously voted in favor of an ordinance Tuesday. The ordinance says “no person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco” unless that product has undergone premarket review by the US…MORE

Oklahoma’s final witness in opioid trial rips into drugmaker Johnson & Johnson

The final witness for the state of Oklahoma on Tuesday said Johnson & Johnson’s claims that the company bears zero responsibility for the state’s opioid epidemic are “absolutely incorrect” and “is one of the most difficult things to swallow.” “To hear them say that they bear zero responsibility, it’s painful,” said Terri White, the Oklahoma…MORE

Study links common chemical in cosmetics and toothpaste to osteoporosis

Exposure to a chemical commonly used to reduce bacterial contamination in cosmetics, toothpaste and products like toys and clothing may come with an unintended risk — osteoporosis. That’s according to a study in Tuesday’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study looked at data from 1,848 women between 2005 and 2010 and found that…MORE

Oklahoma judge approves $85 million settlement with opioid drugmaker Teva

A judge approved a revised $85 million settlement between Teva Pharmaceuticals and the state of Oklahoma on Monday, money that will be used to try to end to the state’s opioid painkiller epidemic. The settlement, initially reached in late May, had been held up over where the money should be sent. Teva, one of the…MORE

San Francisco could become the first US city to ban e-cigarette sales

San Francisco is on course to become the first US city to effectively ban the sale of e-cigarettes once its board of supervisors votes on Tuesday. The board is expected to pass an ordinance that says “no person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco” unless that product has…MORE

Half of tobacco and vape shops don’t ID teens, undercover research finds

An undercover operation in California found that half of tobacco and vape shops failed to check IDs for teens purchasing e-cigarettes and other nicotine products, despite a state law raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. Researchers sent 18- and 19-year-old “decoys” into stores without ID, instructing them to tell the truth…MORE