Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have built a vaping machine to analyze the chemicals in flavored e-cigarettes sold by Juul.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut saw them demonstrate the machine Monday. He says the findings raise concerns.
“The flavors are dangerous. Not only because they attract teens and adolescents but also because the chemicals used in the flavors react with other chemicals in the vaping products, creating new contaminants potentially causing respiratory problems. The science here shows more and more how dangerous the flavors and vaping may be.”
Blumenthal wrote a letter to eBay, Alibaba and Craigslist asking them to crack down on listings for vaping products. He also wants the FDA to ban all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered stores in his state to do just that over the weekend. In that state, more than 60 people have been hospitalized for vaping-related lung problems, and more than 9 in Connecticut.