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Juul Halts Sale of Fruit, Dessert Vape Flavors

By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Juul, which makes the top-selling brand of electronic-cigarettes in the United States, said Thursday it will no longer sell fruit or dessert flavors of its products.

The company’s decision comes as it faces widespread criticism that its flavored nicotine products are hooking a generation of teenagers on nicotine and vaping, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The company faces multiple investigations by Congress, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and several state attorneys general. Juul is also being sued by adults and underage vapers who allege they became addicted to nicotine by using Juul’s products, the wire service said.

The Trump administration has also proposed banning nearly all e-cigarette flavors.

The flavors dropped by Juul will be mango, creme, fruit and cucumber, which account for 10% of its sales. The company will continue to sell its most popular flavors: mint and menthol, the AP reported.

Juul’s decision to continue selling mint and menthol shows “it isn’t serious about preventing youth use,” said Matthew Myers, from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

“Juul knows that 64% of high school e-cigarette users now use mint or menthol flavors, and this number is growing all the time,” Myers said in a statement.

His group and others say the Trump administration should ban all vaping flavors except tobacco, the AP added.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that the number of severe lung illnesses continues to climb: There are now 1,479 cases reported in 49 states. Seventy-eight percent of those cases involved products that contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Seventy percent of these patients were male, and 79 percent were under the age of 35.

The death toll also went up, hitting 33 deaths in 24 states. The median age of patients who have died is 44, the CDC added.

Products containing the marijuana chemical THC seem to be a main driver behind the illnesses.

While THC is a main suspect in the CDC’s investigation, a recent study suggested other chemicals might play a role.

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Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Arizona conducted an examination of 17 cases involving vaping-linked lung injury — including lung biopsies. All of the patients examined had severe forms of the illness, and two had died.

“Based on what we have seen in our study, we suspect that most cases involve chemical contaminants, toxic byproducts or other noxious agents within vape liquids,” said lead researcher Dr. Brandon Larsen. He’s a surgical pathologist at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, in Scottsdale.

Those findings were published Oct. 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

While THC does seem to figure prominently in many cases, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, has stressed that nicotine-containing vaping products without THC cannot be ruled out as a potential cause of harm. Because of that, the CDC recommendation for everyone to stop vaping stands.

What is clear is that the illnesses that are affecting vapers can be sudden and severe. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath and chest pains. Some patients have had so much trouble breathing that they wind up on oxygen, and in extreme cases are placed on a mechanical ventilator.

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SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release,  Oct. 17, 2019;  Oct. 3, 2019 media briefing with: Anne Schuchat, M.D., principal deputy director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;Associated Press; Oct. 17, 2019, statement, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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How to Make a Richer, Healthier Chocolate Dessert

TUESDAY, Aug. 27, 2019 — Creamy chocolate pudding is major comfort food, but most store-bought and even homemade versions have loads of sugar and little nutrition. Yet it is possible to make a super chocolatey pudding that’s also good for you.

The key ingredients are rich avocado, high in healthy fats and vitamins K, E and B plus loads of fiber; and banana for creaminess and sweetness in place of white sugar. Topping the finished pudding with sliced berries adds an additional antioxidant boost. Oh, yes, then there’s the chocolate.

This recipe uses two kinds of chocolate for depth of flavor — bittersweet morsels and unsweetened cocoa powder. Both are high in cacao content, which means you’ll get more fiber and iron.

Rich Chocolate Pudding

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup berries of your choice

Place milk, cocoa and cornstarch in a small saucepan and whisk well to blend. Add the chocolate morsels and place the saucepan over low-to-medium heat. Cook for about three minutes, whisking well, until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and cool slightly before proceeding.

Place chocolate mixture, the avocado and the banana in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the bowl as needed. Spoon into serving cups or glasses, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least three hours. Just before serving, slice the berries and divide equally among the cups.

Yield: 4 servings

More information

The Fine Chocolate Industry Association has a glossary that explains everything chocolate, from the different types to the meaning of cacao content.

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No matter which team you’re rooting for, one thing’s for certain: share these sweet football hand pies with friends, and everyone will be cheering for you on game day. Pumpkin, spice, and everything nice is the name of the game with these touchdown-worthy treats that are just as easy to make as they are to eat. Adapted from Tablespoon Pumpkin Football Hand Pies Notes Don’t want to buy a cookie cutter? Freehand a 2-1/2-inch football shape on a piece of sturdy paper, cut it out, and use it as a template. To make cinnamon sugar, whisk together 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Ingredients1 cup pumpkin puree 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 tablespoon heavy cream 1 egg 2 tablespoons water 1 package refrigerated pie crust Cinnamon sugar, for garnish 1 bag cookie icing Special supplies: 2-1/2-inch football cookie cutter Directions Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper. Make the filling: In a bowl, mix together the pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and heavy cream until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water to make egg wash. Make the pies: Roll out the dough on a flat surface, and use the football cookie cutter to cut out 18-22 footballs. Arrange half of the footballs on the prepped half-sheet pan, and put 1 tablespoon of pie filling onto the center of each football. Brush the edges of the dough with egg wash, and then cover each football with a second piece of football-shaped dough. Gently press the pieces of dough together, then crimp with a fork to seal. Brush the tops of the footballs with the egg wash, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Using the tines of a fork, prick each pie four times to allow steam to vent while they bake. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes, and then decorate the footballs with cookie icing. Information Category Pies/Tarts, Desserts Yield 9-11 hand pies Print recipe

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