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An F.D.A. plan to remove flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine pods — excluding tobacco-flavored, but including mint and menthol — from the market will be released in the coming weeks, Alex Azar, the health and human services secretary, said yesterday.

“The White House and the F.D.A. have faced mounting pressure from lawmakers, public health officials, parents and educators, who have grown alarmed by the popularity of vaping among teenagers but have felt powerless to keep e-cigarettes away from students and out of schools,” Ms. Kaplan notes.

Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, also weighed in this week by announcing a $160 million push to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

The White House is joining states that are battling the products. Last week, Michigan became the first state to prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has also called for a ban, and Massachusetts and California are considering similar measures. San Francisco approved an e-cigarette ban this year.

More: Vaping-related illnesses haven’t cropped up in Europe — but agencies also aren’t keeping track.

The creator of OxyContin has tentatively reached a settlement agreement for thousands of opioid cases, Jan Hoffman of the NYT reports.

It would involve Purdue’s filing for bankruptcy protection, in which the company would be dissolved. A new company would be formed to continue selling OxyContin and other medicines, with profits used to pay plaintiffs. Purdue would also donate addiction treatments and overdose-reversal drugs.

“The deal is a landmark moment in the long-running effort to compel Purdue, the company whose signature opioid, OxyContin, is seen as an early driver of the epidemic, and its owners, the Sacklers, to face a reckoning for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people from overdoses and the calamitous systemic costs,” Ms. Hoffman writes.

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