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The vaping epidemic is like a PSA come to life. A recent outbreak of vaping-related deaths and illnesses has affected people from across 46 states. More than 800 people fell ill, and at least 17 people died from vaping. In Illinois and Wisconsin, 87% of the people who got sick said they used THC, and 71% of people also said they used products that contained nicotine. Symptoms of the illness included coughing, chest pains, shortness of breath, nausea, and fatigue. We finally might now why.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic believe toxic chemical fumes, not the actual chemicals in the vape liquid, might be the culprit. "It seems to be some kind of direct chemical injury, similar to what one might see with exposures to toxic chemical fumes, poisonous gases and toxic agents," Dr. Brandon Larsen, a surgical pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said in release.

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Do Unbranded Cigarette Packages Rob You of Your Autonomy?

Beware the nanny state! Australia is going to force cigarette manufacturers to use "unbranded," and very graphic, packaging.

Australia plans to ban cigarette manufacturers from showing logos, branding, colors, and promotional text on tobacco packaging starting in January 2012. Instead, cigarette packs will be a drab olive color that research has shown is unattractive to smokers and will feature graphic images of the physical damage cigarettes wreak, along with blunt text warnings. These are some of the proposed designs for the new packs.

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@GOOD Asks: Do Anti-Smoking Ads work? Which Ones? The Community Answers

We all know smoking cigarettes is an unhealthy habit. Which anti-smoking ad (if any) stopped you from buying a pack? Join the conversation.

Yesterday on GOOD, Twitter, and Facebook, we asked our friends: Do anti-smoking ads work? Which ones? We ask a question to our Twitter and Facebook faithful once a day, so if you’re not yet following @GOOD or a fan, make sure to sign up and participate in the conversation.

Here's a sampling of responses from our Twitter followers:

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We ask a question to our Twitter and Facebook faithful once a day, so if you’re not yet following @GOOD or a fan, make sure to sign up and participate in the conversation.

On Thursday we will post a roundup of our favorite responses, so stay tuned.

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Will the FDA's New Cigarette Warning Labels Help You Quit?

In accord the Tobacco Control Act, the FDA has proposed new graphic warning labels for cigarette packaging. Will they be effective?


The Tobacco Control act (also known as the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act) requires that "larger, more visible" warning labels adorn all cigarette packs as of June 22, 2011. The FDA has proposed that the warnings should "consist of nine new textual warning statements accompanied by color graphics depicting the negative health consequences of smoking," taking up at least 50 percent of the packaging space on which they appear.

Three of the proposed images are shown above. You can seen the complete collection at the FDA website or in this pdf.

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