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Louisville Health officials call for ban on vaping in public areas

Louisville, Kentucky, health officials are calling for a ban on vaping in public areas, saying e-cigarettes are a threat to “clean air standards.” The American Heart Association and American Lung Association have been fighting for months to tighten up vaping restrictions. The health officials agree that placing a ban on the use of e-cigarettes as well as hookah products in public space “will act to protect Louisville Metro’s clean air standards, protect against secondhand exposure to harmful chemicals, and improve enforcement efforts.” “Support is mounting to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes and hookah in indoor public settings in the best interest of the public’s ... Read More

New Jersey Considering Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

New Jersey is considering a ban on flavored e-cigarettes to help prevent the targeting of youth. Last Monday, an Assembly committee advanced the ban, as well as approving a bill that prevents coupons and promotional offers from being used to purchase tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) devices and/or products. Assemblyman Herb Conway Jr., a physician, advised that purpose of the ban is to keep the flavored e-cigarettes, such as Gummy Bear and Tutti Fruitty, from attracting youth, which has potential of starting a nicotine habit through ENDS products. Although New Jersey law does not prohibit the sale or distribution ... Read More

Vaping Exposes the User and Others to Carcinogens

A team of atmospheric scientists, experienced in more than 30 years of air quality research in the most polluted urban environments in the world, have tested the effects of vaping on human health. The study, published in November 2016’s issue of Environmental Science & Technology, focuses on the affects of aerosols, or “vapor,” produced by flavored e-cigarettes. The study confirms that the aerosols contain high levels of carcinogens, providing a dangerous risk for the user and dangerous second-hand vapor to others. Flavoring compounds release aldehydes, such as formaldehyde, which is formed by the chemical breakdown of the flavored variety of e-cigarette ... Read More

Study examines Cardiovascular Risk of Vaping

E-cigarettes were first introduced into the United States in 2006 and have rapidly increased in popularity, often due to vape sellers’ claims that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, while also delivering the craved nicotine hit. A study led by Dr. Holly R. Middlekauff of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles points out that e-cigarettes may certainly have a significantly lower number of carcinogens, but appear to be just as harmful to the heart as smoking. Nicotine addiction is as prevalent with e-cigarettes as it is with traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes produce little or no tar, ... Read More

E-Cigarette Use Tied to Heavy and Frequent Tobacco Use Among Teens

New research indicates that teens who regularly use e-cigarettes are more likely to become heavy and frequent smokers of traditional cigarettes. Students at 10 Los Angeles County public schools were surveyed, and the results were surprising. The survey found that teens who regularly vape are more than twice as likely to pick up smoking traditional cigarettes on a weekly basis. The findings also showed double likelihood that the teens would smoke more cigarettes on days when they do smoke as a result of vaping. “The more you vape, the more likely in the future you’re going to be smoking (cigarettes). You’re going to ... Read More

ETSU Policy: ‘Keep Your Vape to Yourself’ addresses e-cigarette secondhand emissions

In an article published by the East Tennessean, e-cigarette users are urged to be mindful of the “responsibility they carry.” “While vaping may just be another activity for you, many of us do not want to be exposed or can not afford to be exposed,” the article reads. The American Lung Association has warned of harmful ingredients used in e-cigarette liquids, such as formaldehyde, diacetyl, and chemicals commonly found in anti-freeze. The organization also points out that although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed diacetyl safe to consume in trace amounts, “safe to eat” is not equivalent to ... Read More

Small Coffee Roastery Plans to Appeal Citation for Exceeding Legal Diacetyl Levels

A small coffee roastery in Minnesota was served with a citation last week for diacetyl levels exceeding the legal maximum. Steve Olsen, who owns Custom Roasting, Inc., located in Buffalo, says he was shocked when the company received the $1,250 fine. “I’ve been doing this for 28 years and I have no lung issues whatsoever,” he said. The citation, based on tests taken last October, states the diacetyl levels were steady at .026 parts per million (ppm). The the legal short-term exposure maximum is .02 ppm. “Our ventilation isn’t terrible, we have a large room, we have fans, things like that, we ... Read More

Sweeteners in E-Cigarettes May Release Toxins at Same Levels as Traditional Cigarettes

Many claim that e-cigarettes may help cigarette smokers cut back on smoking or quit altogether. However, more and more studies suggest that e-cigarettes are not as safe as manufacturers claim. E-cigarettes are devices that use heat to vaporize a liquid containing nicotine, creating a thick plume of “vapor” when exhaled. According to a recent study, sweeteners added to e-cigarette liquids may release toxins in levels as high as traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette liquids can contain ingredients such as sugar, caramel and honey, per the researchers in Tobacco Control, a BMJ journal. Breaking down these types of sweeteners using heat can produce 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and ... Read More

CDC Issues Warning to Workers in Food and Beverage Industry to Beware of Diacetyl

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finally issued a warning regarding the dangers of diacetyl exposure. The warning advises to beware of diacetyl exposure in general, but advises workers in the coffee, popcorn and other food and beverage making industries to take extra precautions. Diacetyl is a naturally occurring chemical in the coffee roasting process, but can also be artificially created for use in foods, drinks and e-cigarettes flavor liquids to mimic the creamy taste of butter. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the chemical is safe when consumed in trace amounts, but inhalation is harmful. ... Read More

Proposed Manhattan E-cigarette ban would make vaping off-limits in public, workplace

The first reading of the proposed ordinance to ban e-cigarettes both in public and in workplaces was held by Manhattan’s city commission last November. The ordinance will disallow vaping within a radius of 20 feet from the entrance of a public building, as well as the same distance from the international no-smoking symbol. The ban places the same restrictions on e-cigarettes as traditional cigarettes in terms of public conduct, limiting public e-cigarette use to vape shops. “In the current ordinance draft, it was the desire for the majority of the commission, to exempt smoke shops or vape shops,” said Manhattan city manager, ... Read More