The recent announcement that e-cigarette maker Juul had agreed to a nearly $440 million settlement with dozens of states came as welcome news to many people – especially parents of teenagers. After Juul’s sleek and attractive vaping products hit shelves in 2015, teen vaping rapidly rose in popularity, both in the U.S. and globally, to epidemic proportions. Critics have long decried Juul’s targeted marketing strategies, which they claimed were the primary driver behind the company’s ability to reach young people.

The settlement is an important step forward in holding the company accountable, explains Jon-Patrick Allem, a tobacco control expert at the University of Southern California. He points to a strong body of research that documents how Juul’s aggressive marketing practices helped hook a generation of middle schoolers and high schoolers on vaping. And he describes the risks that e-cigarettes pose for the developing adolescent brain.

This week we also liked articles about how ants crawl on walls, Barbara Ehrenreich’s legacy and ideological clashes within the Catholic Church.

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A 2021 survey revealed that more than 2 million youths in the U.S. were using e-cigarettes. Aleksandr Yu/iStock via Getty Images Plus

E-cigarette maker Juul settled a lawsuit over its practice of targeting teens through social media, parties and models – here’s why the company is paying $438.5 million to dozens of states

Jon-Patrick Allem, University of Southern California

The nearly half-billion-dollar settlement orders Juul to tamp down its targeting of the teen market.

Walking vertically – or even upside down – is a piece of cake for ants. pecchio/iStock via Getty Images Plus

How do ants crawl on walls? A biologist explains their sticky, spiky, gravity-defying grip

Deby Cassill, University of South Florida

Ant feet are equipped with an array of tools – from retractable sticky pads to claws to special spines and hairs – enabling them to defy gravity and grip virtually any surface.

Best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich in a 2005 photo. AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff

Barbara Ehrenreich helped make inequality visible – her legacy lives on in a reinvigorated labor movement

Adia Harvey Wingfield, Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis

The author, who died Sept. 1, 2022, inspired countless researchers to probe the injustices working people face.

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