Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- Colorado Boy, 17, Shot Dead During Robbery By Cheerleader, 3 Other Teens Who Wanted Vaping Products - Over $25 worth of vaping products
- As NC attorney general tries to slow Juul use among NC teens, researchers weigh health effects of e-cigarettes - Weight loss a symptom
- McConnell unveils bill to combat youth tobacco use by raising purchase age to 21 - "Youth vaping is a public health crisis"
- Most of Juul’s Twitter followers are teens who can’t buy e-cigs - And they say they don't market to kids
A cheerleader and three teenagers are suspected of killing a high school student over $25 worth of vaping products. Lloyd Chavez was shot dead outside his home in Centennial, a city 16 miles south-east of Denver, Colorado, at 9:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. ET) on May 8.
The victim and Mitchell began arguing in the front yard and at some point during the altercation, a shot was fired and hit Chavez in the chest. Serrano insisted it was Mitchell who fired the shot, explaining Gallegos had not got physically involved in the altercation.
Luka Kinard was a 15-year-old high school freshman when he started vaping, first inhaling the flavored nicotine at a high school football game as a way to fit in.
As Luka became, by his description, the go-to-guy for other students to vape with, his mother Kelly Kinard became more and more troubled by a pendulum swing in his behavior.
His grades plunged. His weight dropped.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally introduced legislation Monday to raise the age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21, a move designed to combat the health effects of tobacco addiction across the country and help his home state of Kentucky move off production of the crop that has sagged in popularity for decades.
"Youth vaping is a public health crisis," McConnell said. "It's our responsibility as parents and public servants to do everything we can to keep these harmful products out of high schools and out of youth culture."
"Kentucky farmers don't want their children to get hooked on tobacco products while they are in middle school or high school any more than any parent anywhere wants that to happen," McConnell said. "Kentucky is proud of what we make but we also want pride in the health and development of our children and the sad reality is that Kentucky's been home to the highest rates of cancer in our country."
Almost half of the people who followed Juul on Twitter last year were not old enough to legally purchase e-cigarettes in the United States, according to a study published on Monday.
Researchers analyzed data collected in April 2018 on public followers of Juul’s Twitter account (@JUULvapor) with at least one public tweet. About 45% of those who followed Juul were 13 to 17 years old, according to the study published online in JAMA Pediatrics.