10 episodes

Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr. Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis.
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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 1.1K Ratings

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Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr. Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis.
Binge all episodes of The Vaping Fix exclusively and ad-free by joining Wondery+ in Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial by visiting wondery.com/links/the-vaping-fix/ now.

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    Playing with Fire

    Playing with Fire

    James Monsees and Adam Bowen, two Stanford graduate students, have an idea - one they believe could save millions of lives and rid the world of smoking. The goal is personal: they’re both smokers. But even good intentions can have unintended consequences?

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    • 36 min
    Vaporized

    Vaporized

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    It’s a race against time to design, manufacture, and ship James and Adam’s new device Everyone is stretched to breaking point and along the way decisions are made that will haunt the company forever. Even the surprising intervention of a popular late-night TV host isn’t enough to stop what’s coming.

    I Think I’m in Love With a Juul

    I Think I’m in Love With a Juul

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    Juul sales skyrocket. From regulators to Youtube it seems like everyone is in love with the sleek new device . The only problem? Among the new fans is a group no one wanted to see: teens.

    Public Enemy

    Public Enemy

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    Everyone is breathing down Juul’s neck - parents, teachers, elected officials and the FDA. As the company scrambles to keep their devices out of the hands of teenagers, is it too little, too late?

    Up In Smoke

    Up In Smoke

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    Juul desperately needs help and they find it from an unexpected source. Will their decision actually save the company from going up in smoke, or have they just accepted a deal with the devil?

    The Rational Future of Smoking

    The Rational Future of Smoking

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    As one father wrestles with his son’s intensifying nicotine addiction, Juul’s founder finds himself in the hot seat in front of the country’s highest powers. The company is fighting to defend its reputation, but some mistakes can be hard to forgive.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

EastCstCk ,

Listened with my son

Listened with my son while traveling for soccer. He made fun of it here and there but he listened and for that I’m thankful.

nstaycer ,

Mixed feelings

I enjoyed this podcast and found the information interesting and love getting an inside scoop on how things come to fruition. And based on the information they provided, I really think Adam and James started Juul as an attempt to find a positive solution to address a serious problem. But the ending of episode 6 was super irritating and frustrating due to what it felt like huge aspects of the all the previous episodes’ information were nullified. I’m having a hard time understanding Laura’s perspective and judgment. She states “my mother-in-law would be better off vaping”. How does she know that? And saying if they had marketed it differently, the “rational future of smoking” might look really different. What does that even mean?? We all know, hindsight is 2020. If we could always predict every possible consequence of every invention, and choose not to create it, because humans will always find a way to use something intended for good in a way that is detrimental in someway, we would still be living in the dark ages without fire or a wheel. And, this started in Silicon Valley, “not market it as a cool new gadget”??? But when things go wrong, it’s part of the human condition, especially Americans, to find a clear cut, black and white answer to complex issues, and find someone to blame. It was sad to see Laura fall victim to that simplification.

delenda est Carthago ,

Somewhere out there, there is a liberal afraid someone is having a good time

1.) I used Vapes to quit a 20 year tobacco habit. I’ve been slowly decreasing the dosage of nicotine until it was zero when I quit that too
2.) people liking something that is unhealthy and you disapprove of is not a reason to ban it.
3.) virtually every anti-Vape study is funded by big tobacco, the pharmaceutical industry, and the politicians they have in their pocket.

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