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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

Health Officials in UK Fight to ban Sweet-Flavored E-Cigarettes

Wales health officials are calling for a ban on the sale of sweet-flavored e-cigarettes over the fear that they are appealing to kids. This has the potential to lead kids to nicotine addiction in adult life, according to Public Health Wales. The vaping community, however, is fighting back, saying it has the right to market the claim that vaping is an “alternative to smoking” traditional cigarettes. Along with the sweet-flavored e-cigarette ban, there are also calls for rules against vaping in and around schools as well as calls to create an e-cigarette retail sale registry to prevent vaping products from being sold ... Read More

E-Cigarette Vapor Can Alter DNA in Mouth Cells, Research Says

Researchers have found a high likelihood that the vapor from e-cigarettes changes the DNA in mouth cells. Irfan Rahman, a biochemist at University of Rochester in New York, is well-versed in conducting studies regarding the potential harm caused by pollutants, including e-cigarettes. Rahman told Science News in a statement last year that many teens and young adults admitted to dry and scratchy throats when vaping. For some, vaping caused coughing and mouth bleeds. “We’ve got to start looking into these things,” said Rahman, “and see what’s going on.” E-cigarettes are devices made up of a battery, an internal heating coil, and a liquid ... 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

Study: Vaping Linked to increased Risk of Heart Disease

A research team at UCLA recently found that vaping may increase the risk of heart disease. In the study, which was published in the Feb. 1 issue of online journal JAMA Cardiology, researchers discovered that two risk factors for heart disease were present in 16 e-cigarette users, compared to the absence of the risk factors in 18 nonsmokers. Cardiologist Holly Middlekauff, a coauthor of the study, said “the pattern was spot-on” for what has been found in heart attack victims as well as heart disease patients and diabetics. The participants of the study who used e-cigarettes displayed a heartbeat pattern that is associated with epinephrine, ... 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

Survey: Teens who Use E-Cigarettes are experimenting with “Dripping”

One in four U.S. teen e-cigarette users have tried “dripping“, a new vaping trick that creates thicker clouds of exhaled vapor, according to a new study. “Dripping” is when the e-cigarette liquid is dripped directly onto the exposed heating coils, then immediately inhaled, explains Krishnan-Sarin, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. Krishnan-Sarin, upon learning about the method of dripping, took a survey among high school students about e-cigarette use. The survey revealed that 26 percent of high school vapers at eight Connecticut high schools had experimented with dripping at least once. “They say it ... Read More

Flavored E-Cigarettes May be a Gateway to Traditional Smoking for Teens

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City conducted a study using the data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey and found that 58 percent of of middle and high school students who used flavored e-cigarettes had intentions to start smoking traditional cigarettes. None of them had never smoked before. “Due to a proliferation of e-cigarette flavors on the market, flavored e-cigarette use among youth in the U.S. has increased significantly,” said study author Hongying Dai, an associate professor of Kansas City Children’s Mercy Hospital health services and outcomes. “The majority of youth who have ever used e-cigarettes started with a flavored product.” ... Read More