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NC Attorney General Targets Vape Companies In New Lawsuits

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced lawsuits against eight electronic cigarette companies earlier this week. He alleges that their marketing practices and flavor selection specifically target kids and teens.

The effect of vaping on public health is largely unknown, though it is generally accepted that vaping is not healthy. In North Carolina, at least three people have been hospitalized since July for potentially vape-related illnesses. The nicotine content in some e-cigarettes, like Juul, exceeds that of tobacco cigarettes, and other chemical compounds found in vape may cause health complications. Attorney General Stein is quick to point out that the goal of the lawsuits is not to end vaping in North Carolina but to end the marketing to minors. WUNC reporter Jason deBruyn joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the lawsuits and the tobacco and vape industries in North Carolina.

Josie Taris left her home in Fayetteville in 2014 to study journalism at Northwestern University. There, she took a class called Journalism of Empathy and found her passion in audio storytelling. She hopes every story she produces challenges the audience's preconceptions of the world. After spending the summer of 2018 working in communications for a Chicago nonprofit, she decided to come home to work for the station she grew up listening to. When she's not working, Josie is likely rooting for the Chicago Cubs or petting every dog she passes on the street.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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