9 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.

The Vaping Fix Wondery

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 979 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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    At first the outbreak barely makes the news, but as the threat comes into focus, scientists spring into action to make a vaccine. But the outlook’s grim – vaccines take years to create, test and approve. No one expects one to arrive anytime soon. But for two ambitious biotech start-ups, this is a chance to show the world what their cutting-edge tech can do.

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    • 6 min
    Juuls in the Rough?

    Juuls in the Rough?

    Laura Beil chats with hosts Samuel Donner and John Frye of Wondery’s Secret Sauce about the reporting behind The Vaping Fix, what’s next for Juul and whether the company is a cautionary tale for all Silicon Valley startups.  

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    • 40 min
    The Rational Future of Smoking

    The Rational Future of Smoking

    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.

    Listen to new episodes of THE VAPING FIX early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/thevapingfix.

    Support us by supporting our sponsors!

    SimpliSafe - Thanks to our presenting sponsor SimpliSafe! Visit SimpliSafe.com/VAPING to customize your system, receive a free security camera, and get a 60-day risk-free trial.

    Talkspace - Head to Talkspace.com and use code VAPING to receive $100 off your first month.

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    • 41 min
    Up In Smoke

    Up In Smoke

    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?

    Listen to new episodes of THE VAPING FIX early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/thevapingfix

    Support us by supporting our sponsors!

    SimpliSafe - Thanks to our presenting sponsor SimpliSafe! Visit SimpliSafe.com/VAPING to customize your system, receive a free security camera, and get a 60-day risk-free trial.

    Talkspace - Head to Talkspace.com and use code VAPING to receive $100 off your first month.

    Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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    • 34 min
    Public Enemy

    Public Enemy

    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?

    • 33 min
    I Think I’m in Love With a Juul

    I Think I’m in Love With a Juul

    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.

    Listen to new episodes of THE VAPING FIX early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/thevapingfix.

    Support us by supporting our sponsors!

    SimpliSafe - Thanks to our presenting sponsor SimpliSafe! Visit SimpliSafe.com/VAPING to customize your system, receive a free security camera, and get a 60-day risk-free trial.

    Talkspace - Head to Talkspace.com and use code VAPING to receive $100 off your first month.

    Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
979 Ratings

979 Ratings

belinda geren ,

Interesting

I enjoyed the story and how techies think they can make an addictive substance non addictive by using water instead of fire.🤦‍♀️If it’s addictive(tobacco) it’s addictive no matter how you try and get it into your system.
Tobacco was NEVER meant to be ingested EVER.
The smoker inventor was blind sided by his own want to make this addictive substance non addictive.
I also think it is very interesting that everyone reporting says kids shouldn’t have this. NO ONE should have it. Ingested tobacco kills.🤷‍♀️

Becksta71 ,

Great docuseries

I loved the reporting and storytelling. Interesting characters. I do wish they had explained a little more about what the effects of vaping are, like why that one kid had problems with his lungs and had to rush to the ER. I didn’t completely understand that. But overall a very interesting and thoughtful take on the story!

mghn17 ,

D.A.R.E for vaping

This reminds me of the D.A.R.E campaign from when I was a kid, ridiculously out of touch. I liked the history of the company, could have done without the emotional indictment of teenagers … being teenagers.

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