The federal budget bill that raises the age to buy tobacco has cleared the House. The $1.4 trillion spending package includes a provision prohibiting the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to people under 21 nationally. The budget is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law this week. (CNBC)

The budget bill also includes a provision that provides money for federal gun violence research. It would give $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to study gun violence. This research is a step forward in treating gun violence as a public health issue. (Washington Post)

A study has tied vaping to increased risk of lung disease. Research showed e-cigarettes have increased the risk of lung disease by a third compared with those who never smoked or vaped. It is one of the first studies to show potential long-term harms of using e-cigarettes. (Reuters)

The Justice Department has sued CVS for fraudulent billing. The lawsuit claims the CVS unit Omnicare billed Medicare and Medicaid for drugs for older and disabled people without valid prescriptions. (Reuters)

Researchers have found that Juul pods have the same amount of nicotine as Marlboro cigarettes. The study shed light on why young people who never smoked cigarettes have become regular users of Juul vaping devices and get addicted. (Reuters)