A study published this month in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in casual sex while single can contribute to the failure of a later marriage. Researchers found that when one or both spouses exhibited “unrestricted sociosexual” behaviors—making them more likely to engage in one-night stands and sex outside of marriage—they were less satisfied at the start of the marriage and experienced rapid declines in satisfaction over the first several years, ultimately predicting divorce. —K.C.
The vaping industry is reeling this week after the federal government on Wednesday announced plans to ban thousands of e-cigarette flavors. Michigan announced similar plans last week.
Health advocates say vaping cartridges with fruit, candy, cereal, coffee, and chocolate flavors contributed heavily to the recent surge in teen vaping and nicotine addiction. Federal health officials on Wednesday said 1 in 4 high school students reported they vaped this year, and more than 80 percent of underage users said they picked their product because it “comes in flavors that I like.” The Food and Drug Administration said it will develop guidelines restricting the sale of all flavors except tobacco, noting flavored products could apply for FDA permission to reenter the market.
The announcement comes two days after the FDA issued a warning letter to Juul Labs, accusing it of illegally marketing its vaping products as a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes. The letter included reports that representatives from Juul gave school presentations to minor students in which they called e-cigarettes “99 percent safer” than cigarettes and claimed the FDA was going to “approve it any day.” It is illegal for companies to market “modified risk tobacco products” without an FDA order.
Juul, which manufactures a sleek vaping device that looks like a USB drive, accounts for more than 70 percent of the American e-cigarette market. Last year, Juul closed down its social media sites and voluntarily removed its fruit- and dessert-flavored vaping cartridges from retail stores after critics claimed the company marketed its products to minors online and used flavors to hook teens on nicotine. Juul was valued at $38 billion last year after Marlboro cigarette maker Altria paid $13 billion for 35 percent of the company. —K.C.