CDC scientists were racing to find out why healthy young people across the US were falling sick and dying. Though the illnesses were quickly tied to vaping, the actual cause was a mystery.

US health officials have homed in on a likely source of vaping-related illness that have sickened 2,000+ and killed at least 40 so far, AP reports.

From a public health perspective, Vienna has a lot going for it—Alpine tap water, child benefits for moms, and some of the world’s lowest maternal death rates.There is one glaring exception: Vienna is also known as the “ashtray of Europe”—a quarter of Austrians…

Finding answers to the baffling vaping illness that’s so far killed 37 and injured 2,000 may require asking better questions.  Social change can spur disease outbreaks, says Harvard researcher Yulin Hswen. With people now vaping 20-30 times a day using “everything from Coca…

Some academics have a secret side hustle testifying for tobacco companies in court, earning hundreds of dollars an hour as expert witnesses on a topic many have never published a word about. The strategy: Using the “common knowledge” argument that the dangers of smoking…

When it comes to heading off Big Tobacco’s influence, there are winners and losers.  The advocacy group Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products ranks 33 countries in its first-ever Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index—tracking a key, but oft-overlooked measure,…

In the Philippines, Juul’s retail strategy looks much like Baskin Robbins’—prominently displaying flavors that appeal to young people, NPR Goats and Soda reports.

Does Big Tobacco have sway in your country? Find out using the first Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index, which ranks countries based on the amount of meddling they allow in health policy. Despite attempts to clean up its reputation, the tobacco industry remains “as…

The Trump administration moved toward banning flavored e-cigarettes yesterday, concerned by rising numbers of youth vapers and reports of severe lung illnesses, STAT reports.