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Canadian teen Leylah Annie Fernandez wins Monterrey Open, captures 1st WTA title

Canadian teenager Leylah Annie Fernandez has captured her first career WTA Tour title.

The 18-year-old Fernandez, from Laval, Que., beat Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 6-4 in the Monterrey Open final on Sunday.

Fernandez said she tried to focus as much as she could on executing her coach’s game plan, while not trying to think about the magnitude of Sunday’s match.

“I didn’t think it was a final or anything. I just tried to think of it as another match,” Fernandez said after claiming the WTA 250 event.

WATCH | Fernandez wins Monterrey Open in straight sets:

Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., defeats Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 6-4 in the final of Monterrey Open. The 18-year-old did not drop a set for the entire tournament. 5:22

Fernandez needed 89 minutes to defeat Golubic in a match that featured two players who hadn’t lost a set all tournament long.

The Canadian cruised to win the first five games of the opening set, facing little trouble from her opponent.

Golubic finally won her first game 31 minutes into the contest, but Fernandez easily took the set.

Fernandez broke Golubic to take a 5-4 lead in the second set before serving out the match.

“I played an incredible first set,” Fernandez said. “The second set she started picking up her game, making less mistakes and being a little more offensive. I just tried to match that as much as I could. I’m happy in those key moments near the end I was able to stick to my game plan and the balls just went in for me and I’m happy for it.”

Fernandez lost her only other tournament final appearance, falling to Great Britain’s Heather Watson in last year’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.

Fernandez said she used the emotions she felt from last year’s loss as fuel for Sunday’s win.

“It definitely helped today,” Fernandez said.

The Canadian won’t be able to celebrate her victory for long, however.

Fernandez is expected to be in Florida for the Miami Open where she is scheduled to play in a qualifying match against Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu on Monday afternoon.

“We’re just taking this one hour at a time,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez will rise to a career-high 69th in the world in the WTA rankings after Sunday’s victory.

Golubic, who made her second final appearance this season, is projected to rise to 81st from 102nd.

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London, Ont., teen struggled with COVID-19 symptoms in days leading to his death, father says

The father of a London, Ont., teen who died Thursday after being diagnosed with COVID-19 says his son died at home after being treated as a day patient in hospital earlier this month. 

Ahmad Dabeh said his 19-year-old son Yassin was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the second week of January. He said Yassin went to a London emergency room complaining of chest pains and difficulty breathing on more than one occasion, but was never admitted to hospital.

During these visits, his son was treated with oxygen and released after a few hours, he said.

Dabeh was speaking at a news conference he held Tuesday via online video, in part to address rumours circulating online that his son’s death was caused by something other than COVID-19. 

“These are rumours and they are hurtful to our family and to Yassin,” he said, at the news conference, speaking Arabic and answering reporters’ questions through a translator. 

He said his family is grieving the loss of a “very loving and compassionate” young man.

Yassin worked as a cleaner at Middlesex Terrace, a long-term care home just outside of London in Delaware, Ont., that has been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Dabeh did not say what days his son went to hospital, but that Yassin was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the second week of January.

On Thursday, Yassin complained of difficulty breathing and chest pain, Dabeh said. That evening, the family was unable to wake him up after he fell asleep, he said.

Dabeh said the family called 911 on the night his son died. Paramedics tried to revive Yassin but the teen was pronounced dead that evening, he said. 

Dabeh said he believes medical staff gave their son the best treatment they could. 

“At the end of the day, it’s God who decides,” he said. 

Yassin was buried the day after his death. Dabeh and other family members were not able to attend the burial because they are now positive for COVID-19. 

On Monday, the Middlesex-London Health Unit said there would be no further investigation into Yassin’s death. 

Yassin’s death made national news because of the more than 19,000 Canadians who’ve died of COVID-19, he is one of only three people younger than 19. 

He was a Syrian refugee who moved to Canada with his family in 2016.

Dabeh said he wanted “the best future” for himself and his eight children and said he’s “very grateful” to the people of Canada for helping his family have a better life here. 

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Chechen teen killed by police named as suspect in teacher’s beheading in France

A suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services who posted a grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the attack, officials said Saturday.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said authorities investigating the killing of Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday arrested nine suspects, including the teen’s grandfather, parents and 17-year-old brother.

Paty, who was 47, had discussed caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class, leading to threats, police officials said. Islam prohibits images of the Prophet, asserting that they lead to idolatry. The officials could not be named because they were not authorized to discuss ongoing investigations.

Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous.

French anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard said an investigation for murder with a suspected terrorist motive had been opened.

Ricard told reporters that the Moscow-born suspect, who had been granted a 10-year residency in France as a refugee in March, was armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets.


People gathered at the site of the attack on Saturday. The 18-year-old suspect was shot to death by police on Friday, about 600 metres from where the teacher died. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

The teenager had approached pupils in the street and asked them to point out his victim, he said.

The prosecutor said a text claiming responsibility and a photograph of the victim were found on the suspect’s phone. He also confirmed that a Twitter account under the name Abdoulakh A belonged to the suspect. It posted a photo of the decapitated head minutes after the attack, along with the message, “I have executed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Muhammad down.”

Headmaster received threatening phone calls

The post was removed swiftly by Twitter, which said it had suspended the account because it violated the company’s policy.

Ricard said the suspect had been seen at the school asking students about the teacher, and the headmaster had received several threatening phone calls.

The suspect’s half-sister joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2014, Ricard said. He didn’t give her name, and it is not clear where she is now.

The attacker, of Chechen origin, had been living in the town of Évreux, northwest of Paris, and was not previously known to the intelligence services, Ricard told a news conference.


Flowers, a candle and a message are seen in front of the Bois d’Aulne college after the attack in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Saturday. The placard reads ‘I am teacher.’ The teacher who was killed had discussed caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class, authorities said. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Mourners marched near the school in solidarity on Saturday, holding signs that read “I am a teacher.”

“We’ll pick ourselves up together, thanks to our spirit of solidarity,” said Laurent Brosse, mayor of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

Parents of students laid flowers at the school gate. Some said their children were distraught.

“[My daughter] is in pieces, terrorized by the violence of such an act. How will I explain to her the unthinkable?” one father wrote on Twitter.

A police official said the suspect was shot dead about 600 metres from where Paty died. Police opened fire after he failed to respond to orders to put down his weapons and acted in a threatening manner. The official could not be named because of the ongoing investigations.

French President Emmanuel Macron went to the school on Friday night to denounce what he called an “Islamist terrorist attack.” He urged the nation to stand united against extremism.

WATCH | French president visits scene of knife attack:

President Emmanuel Macron was among a group of onlookers and police who gathered on a street outside Paris where police shot and killed a man who minutes earlier had killed a middle school teacher. 0:51

“One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught … the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe,” Macron said.

The presidential Élysée Palace announced that there will be a national ceremony at a future date to honour Paty.

Canada’s foreign affairs minister, François-Philippe Champagne, also condemned the attack on Twitter Saturday.


In a video posted recently on Twitter, a man describing himself as the father of a student asserted that Paty had shown an image of a naked man and told students it was “the prophet of the Muslims.”

Before showing the images, the teacher asked Muslim children to raise their hands and leave the room because he planned to show something shocking, the man said. “What was the message he wanted to send these children? What is this hate?” the man asked. The AP has not been able to independently confirm these claims.

Chechen refugees immigrated to France after war

Chechnya is a predominantly Muslim Russian republic in the North Caucasus. Two wars in the 1990s triggered a wave of emigration, with many Chechens heading for western Europe. France has offered asylum to many Chechens since the Russian military waged war against Islamist separatists in Chechnya in the 1990s and early 2000s.

France has seen occasional violence involving its Chechen community in recent months, believed linked to local criminal activity and score-settling.

This is the second time in three weeks that terror has struck France linked to caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Last month, a young man from Pakistan was arrested after attacking two people with a meat cleaver outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The weekly was the target of a deadly newsroom attack in 2015 after it published cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad. It republished the same caricatures last month to underscore the right to freedom of information as a trial opened linked to that attack.

Friday’s terror attack came as Macron’s government works on a bill to address Islamic radicals, who authorities claim are creating a parallel society outside the values of the French Republic.

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Polish teen Iga Swiatek beats American Sofia Kenin to win French Open title

Minutes after suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at age 19, while ranked just 54th, Iga Swiatek held a microphone during the French Open trophy ceremony and was hesitant for pretty much the only time over the past two weeks.

“First of all, I’m not very good at speeches,” Swiatek began, haltingly, “so, sorry, because I won my last tournament like two years ago, and I really don’t know who to thank.”

When she’s got a racket in her hand, it’s a whole different story. With the poise of a veteran and the shots of a champion, Swiatek wrapped up a dominating run at Roland Garros, grabbing the last six games to beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in Saturday’s final.

‘I’m just overwhelmed’

“Two years ago, I won a junior Grand Slam, and right now I’m here. It feels like such a short time,” Swiatek said, her voice cracking. “I’m just overwhelmed.”

Swiatek (pronounced shvee-ON’-tek) is the first Polish tennis player to win a major singles trophy and said, “I know it’s pretty crazy back home” — where one newspaper’s front page was splashed with the headline “Poland Garros” ahead of the final.

When she smacked one last forehand winner to the corner to end things, Swiatek placed her right hand over her mouth then crouched, shaking her head.

Hard to believe? Maybe. This was, after all, only her seventh major tournament; she’d never been past the fourth round at one.


But the way she played these two weeks — with powerful groundstrokes sent to corners, the occasional drop shot, terrific returning and impressive court coverage — made this outcome less of a surprise.

Swiatek lost only 28 games across seven matches and is the first woman to triumph in Paris without ceding a set since Justine Henin in 2007. She also is the first teen to win the women’s title there since Iva Majoli in 1997.

And Swiatek did it with victories over such opponents as 2018 champion Simona Halep and 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, both by scores of 6-1, 6-2.

So it made sense that Swiatek would be able to get past the fourth-seeded Kenin, even if the 21-year-old American was trying to claim her second major title of 2020 after winning the Australian Open.

“A great tournament,” Kenin told Swiatek. “A great match.”

Kenin was 16-1 in Grand Slam matches this year. But she dealt with a leg issue in the second set and showed frustration by kicking her red-white-and-blue racket after lost points.

And then there was this: She ran into the composed Swiatek, who only recently completed her high school studies and listens to “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses before walking on court.

‘Mentally consistent’

“I was just mentally consistent,” said Swiatek, who travels with a sports psychologist and meditates during changeovers, breathing slowly with her eyes closed. “I felt like today was really stressful for me, so it was kind of hard.”

This weekend is the culmination of an unusual two weeks, to say the least. The tournament was postponed form May-June to September-October because of the coronavirus pandemic; the recently rising number of COVID-19 cases in France led the government to limit the number of spectators allowed on the grounds to 1,000 each day.

Some top women, including 2019 champion Ash Barty and three-time major champ Naomi Osaka didn’t enter the event; 23-time Slam winner Serena Williams withdrew before the second round with an injury.


The temperature was in the mid-50s (low teens Celsius), with a slight breeze, and the hundreds of fans scattered in Court Philippe Chatrier were mostly subdued — other than a group that would shout Swiatek’s first name, stretching it out over several seconds each time to sound like “Eeeeeeeeeee-gah.”

Swiatek began with a 3-0 run, taking 12 of the first 15 points, delivering four winners and zero unforced errors.

No one expected Kenin — self-described as “feisty” — to go quietly. She got on the board with a hold, then broke when Swiatek double-faulted, the first sign that the magnitude of the moment might be hitting her. Soon enough, it was 3-all.

But Swiatek is nothing if not resilient. She served for the set at 5-3, and got broken, but responded right away by stealing yet another one of Kenin’s service games.

Same thing happened to begin the second set: Kenin broke for a 1-0 edge, and Swiatek broke right back. She wouldn’t lose another game on her way to her first tour-level title.

Kenin takes medical timeout

At the changeover at 2-1, Kenin left the court for a medical timeout, then returned with her left thigh wrapped.

While Kenin was gone, Swiatek stayed warm by pulling on a white jacket and hitting some serves, earning applause from spectators.

When play resumed, Swiatek needed only 12 more minutes to wrap up the victory, finishing with a 25-10 edge in winners.

All that was left was to hear the Polish anthem — never before played after a major singles final — ring out in the stadium, check out her shiny trophy and go through the speeches and interviews.

After speaking for a bit, Swiatek asked, “Should I say something else?”

She was told by the emcee that she could if she wanted.

“I have no idea,” Swiatek said. “Sorry.”

Better practice up, Iga. The tennis world expects to see more such speeches in the future.

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Canadian teen Leylah Annie Fernandez’s French Open debut ends in 3rd round

Leylah Annie Fernandez’s run at the French Open has is over, ending Canadian hopes in the singles draws.

The 18-year-old from Laval, Que., lost to No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3 in the third round on Saturday. Fernandez, ranked 100th in the world, was the last Canadian singles player left.

Fernandez took a 5-1 lead on the two-time Wimbledon champion in the first set, but Kvitova rallied to win 7-5.

Kvitova then won the first three games of the second set and held the lead the rest of the way.

Fernandez’s run to the third round was her best showing at a Grand Slam.

WATCH | Leylah Fernandez ousted in 4th round of French Open debut:

18-year-old Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., drops a straight sets loss to 7th seed Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-3. 1:31

She reached the second round of this year’s U.S. Open and lost in the opening round of this year’s Australian Open.

Last year, she won the girls’ title at the French Open.

Meanwhile, Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock lost 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 to the French team of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a second-round men’s doubles match.

Next up for the seventh-seeded Kvitova is a match against Zhang Shuai, China’s first player in the fourth round in Paris since Li Na in 2012.

Kenin downs qualifier in 72 minutes

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin returned to the French Open’s fourth round, blowing past Romanian qualifier Irina Bara 6-2, 6-0 in 72 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Kenin, the No. 4 seed, has advanced to the second week of all three Grand Slams in this pandemic-hit season. She won the Australian Open and reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open.

Zhang ended the run of French wild-card entry Clara Burel with a hard-fought 7-6 (2), 7-5 win in two hours 12 minutes on Court Simonne Mathieu.

The 31-year-old Zhang is ranked 39th and had never made it beyond the third round in her nine previous French Opens.

Tsitsipas moves on when Bedene exits with injury

Fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the fourth round at the French Open for the second year in a row. He advanced when Aljaz Bedene stopped playing in the third set because of an injured right ankle.

Tsitsipas led 6-1, 6-2, 3-1 when Bedene retired.

Tsitsipas was dominating the match. He had more than twice as many winners as Bedene, 28-13, and about a third as many unforced errors.

Also into the fourth round on Saturday was No. 30 seed Ons Jabeur. She became the first Arab woman to get that far in Paris by eliminating No. 8 Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (7), 2-6, 6-3.

Dimitrov to play in 4th round for 1st time

Grigor Dimitrov moved into the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time in 10 appearances at the tournament when his opponent Roberto Carballes Baena quit after two sets because of what he said a doctor diagnosed as a stomach virus.

The 18th-seeded Dimitrov was ahead 6-1, 6-3 when Carballes Baena stopped.

Dimitrov has been to the semifinals once at each of the other three Grand Slam tournaments, including the U.S. Open last year.

WATCH | Eugenie Bouchard swept out of Franch Open in 3rd round:

In other matches Saturday:

  • German player Daniel Altmaier is proving to be a force that’s difficult to stop. He came through the qualifying tournament to reach the French Open main draw. The 22-year-old has now upset seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini to storm into the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win.

  • Andrey Rublev advanced to the French Open fourth round with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win against the unseeded South African Kevin Anderson. Rublev lost in the first round in his only previous appearance at Roland Garros in 2017. He was a quarter-finalist at the U.S. Open this year and in 2017.

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‘Teen Mom OG’ Star Maci Bookout Responds to Negative Backlash for Putting 11-Year-Old Son on ‘Strict’ Diet

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Teen activist Autumn Peltier appears at World Economic Forum with criticism for federal politicians

Teenage Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier says she doesn’t feel the Canada’s federal politicians are focused enough on climate change, even after years of her campaigning for them to take action.

The 15-year old, who hails from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario, shared her dismay at their lack of attention toward the issue while on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday.

Peltier has spent her last eight years putting pressure on politicians to take climate change more seriously, while advocating for clean drinking water in Indigenous communities and serving as the chief water commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation, a political advocacy group for 40 First Nations across Ontario.

She has urged the United Nations General Assembly to “warrior up” and take a stand for our planet and confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his “broken promises” at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations.

While sharing the stage in Davos with fellow teen activists Greta Thunberg of Sweden, Natasha Mwansa from Zambia and Salvador Gomez-Colon of Puerto Rico, she heaped more pressure on politicians back home.

“It is almost like they don’t believe climate change is real,” she said. “Climate change is a real thing and they are not realizing that.”

Her remarks come amid warnings that Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world and as youth like Peltier are increasingly calling for the globe to band together and address climate change.

Autumn Peltier of the Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Ont., talks about politicians’ priorities at the World Economic Forum. 1:05

Peltier said she has received some support from Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Mike Mantha and Carolyn Bennett, the federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, but has found that many of their counterparts are putting their attention elsewhere.

“They are all focused on just money and we need to be more focused on the actual things going on,” she said.

She also revealed that her age plays a role in how seriously she’s being taken.

“I personally don’t feel that heard from politicians….When it comes to federal government it is really hard to get their attention and be heard by them,” she said.

“I just feel being a youth we are not as heard as we can be.”

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U.S. bans some e-cigarette flavours to curb teen vaping, with major exceptions

U.S. health officials will begin cracking down on most flavoured e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-delivery devices.

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavours from small, cartridge-based e-cigarettes favoured by high school and middle school students. But menthol and tobacco-flavoured e-cigarettes will be allowed to remain on the market.

The targeted flavour ban will also entirely exempt large, tank-based vaping devices, which are primarily sold in vape shops that cater to adult smokers.

Retreat from ban on all flavours

Together, the two exemptions represent a significant retreat from President Donald Trump’s original plan announced four months ago, which would have banned all vaping flavours — including menthol — from all types of e-cigarettes.

The new policy will spare a significant portion of the multi-billion-dollar vaping market. The changes also mark a major victory for thousands of vape shop owners who sell the tank-based systems, which allow users to mix customized nicotine flavours.


“We have to protect our families. At the same time, it’s a big industry. We want to protect the industry,” said Trump. (Evan Vucci/The Associated Press)

Vape shop owners expressed relief following the announcement.

“We’re thankful the guidance doesn’t shut down flavours in every aspect,” said Spike Babaian, owner of VapeNY in New York City.

Anti-tobacco advocates immediately condemned the decision to permit menthol and exempt tank-based vapes, accusing the administration of caving to industry pressure.

“It’s disturbing to see the results of industry lobbying to undermine public health protections, especially the lives and health of our youth,” said Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association. The association and other health groups argue that teenagers who vape will simply shift to using menthol if it remains on the market.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that typically heat a flavoured nicotine solution into an inhaleable aerosol. They have been pitched to adults as a less-harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes, but there is limited data on their ability to help smokers quit.

Sales allowed under ‘enforcement discretion’

The Food and Drug Administration has struggled for years to find the appropriate approach to regulate vaping. No e-cigarettes have yet won FDA approval, but the agency permits their sale under a policy called “enforcement discretion.” Under Thursday’s policy change, the FDA said it would begin targeting companies that continue to sell the targeted products. Companies will have 30 days after the policy is published to halt manufacturing, sales and shipping.

“We have to protect our families,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday, ahead of the announcement. “At the same time, it’s a big industry. We want to protect the industry.”


Vaping devices are on display at the VapeNY.com store in New York. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)

The flavour restrictions apply to e-cigarettes that use pre-filled nicotine cartridges mainly sold at gas stations and convenience stores. Juul Labs is the biggest player in that market, but it previously pulled all of its flavours except menthol and tobacco after coming under intense political scrutiny. The small, discrete devices are the most popular brand among underage users.

Many smaller manufacturers continue to sell sweet, fruity flavours like “grape slushie,” “strawberry cotton candy” and “sea salt blueberry.”

Restrictions don’t affect larger devices

The flavour restrictions won’t affect the larger specialty devices sold at vape shops, which typically don’t admit customers under 21. These tank-based systems allow users to fill the device with the flavour of their choice. Sales of these devices represent an estimated 40 per cent of the U.S. vaping business, with sales across some 15,000 to 19,000 shops.


Trump’s initial announcement came amid an outbreak of unexplained lung illnesses tied to vaping. (Craig Chivers/CBC)

The new policy still represents the federal government’s biggest step yet to combat a surge in teen vaping that officials fear is hooking a generation of young people on nicotine. In the latest government survey, more than one in four high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the previous month. Late last month, Trump signed a law raising the minimum age to purchase all tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 nationwide.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the administration decided to exempt menthol after reviewing new data showing the flavour was not popular with teens.

“As we got better data on the flavours, we modified our thinking,” Azar said.

Survey data published in November reported that less than six per cent of teens picked menthol as their top choice for vaping. In contrast, mint was the most popular flavour among sophomores and seniors.

Incoming FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said the government’s approach attempts to balance the problem of underage vaping with “the potential role that e-cigarettes may play in helping adult smokers transition completely away” from regular cigarettes.

When Trump officials first sketched out their plans at a White House event in September, they specifically said menthol would be banned. But that effort stalled after vaping proponents and lobbyists pushed back and White House advisers told Trump that a total flavour ban could cost him votes.

Industry groups including the Vapor Technology Association launched an aggressive social media campaign — IVapeIVote — contending that the plan would force the closure of vaping shops, eliminating jobs and sending users of e-cigarettes back to traditional smokes.

Trump’s initial announcement came amid an outbreak of unexplained lung illnesses tied to vaping. Since then, health officials have tied the vast majority of the cases to a contaminating filler added to illicit THC vaping liquids. THC is the chemical in marijuana that makes users feel high. Makers of legal nicotine-based vaping products have tried to distance themselves from the problem.

Packaging mimics juice boxes, cereal

FDA officials said Thursday they will continue targeting vaping products that appeal to underage users in other ways, such as packaging that mimics juice boxes, cereal or kid-friendly snacks.


FDA officials say they will continue to target vaping products that appeal to underage users, such as packaging that mimics juice boxes, cereal or kid-friendly snacks. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Administration officials also pledged to work with the industry ahead of a looming deadline that manufacturers say threatens their products. The FDA is scheduled to begin reviewing all e-cigarettes in May. Only those that can demonstrate a benefit for U.S. public health will be permitted to stay on the market.

Officials noted that products submitted by the deadline that don’t appeal to kids will be permitted to remain on the market for up to one year pending FDA review. They also clarified that some vape flavours could return to the market if they can win FDA approval.

Trump suggested ahead of the announcement that the flavour restrictions might be temporary.

“Hopefully, if everything’s safe, they’re going to be going very quickly back onto the market,” he told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

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‘He was losing his heartbeat’: Windsor teen saves dad’s life with CPR learned 2 days earlier

A Grade 11 student at Catholic Central High School in Windsor, Ont., used skills he’d learned in class only a couple of days earlier to save the life of his father during a heart attack.

Turki Ayash, who came to Canada with his Syrian refugee family three years ago, said he was taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) over two days as part of the physical education curriculum.

Two days after his CPR lessons — on a Saturday morning in November — Ayash sprung into action to lend aid to his 49-year-old father, Ahmed, who was having a heart attack.

“I just wake up and all my brothers are crying,” said Ayash. “I got to his bed, and he’s just on the bed … He was losing his heartbeat.”

Remembering what he learned in class, Ayash performed chest compressions to maintain his father’s blood flow.

Even though his father wasn’t breathing, first responders who arrived on the scene told Ayash his actions ensured his dad’s blood kept flowing. 

He was losing his heartbeat.– Turki Ayah, Grade 11 student, Catholic Central High School

Doctors later told Ayash that if he hadn’t performed CPR, his father wouldn’t have survived.

“They told me, ‘If I didn’t do CPR, he would be dead,'” Ayash said, adding he too credits the CPR lessons he learned for saving his father’s life. 

Jalil Khoury, Ayash’s physical education teacher, said he got goosebumps during class on Monday when his student first told him what happened. 

“It was a surreal moment to think what engaged with in class … came to fruition,” Khoury said. He said he always makes sure to preface CPR lessons by informing students they may need to use the skills they learn in a real-life situation.

Now, Khoury said, he plans to use Ayash as an example whenever CPR lessons are taught. 

“I will tell this story year after year … to stress the importance of learning first-aid CPR.”

In the meantime, Ayash said his father is on the road to recovery, after receiving a pacemaker during his time in hospital. Ayash said his father has even quit smoking to improve his health.

And the benefits for the family go beyond health.

On Wednesday, Ayash will receive a certificate from Windsor-Essex EMS chief Bruce Krauter. 

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