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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

WHO: Vaping is Not an Effective Smoking Cessation Method

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, countries are being urged to curb the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid because of the lack of evidence that it helps people quit smoking. Many in the public health community, however, disagree with the agency’s suggestion, which was stated in a meeting in India. The meeting was for the 180 countries that make up the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a resistance effort against Big Tobacco to prevent the millions of deaths every year caused by smoking. Critics of the WHO recommendation say it is a “backward step” in the fight to reduce tobacco-related deaths, The ... Read More

Six-Year-Old Nearly Killed from Lethal Dose of Liquid Nicotine

In Oregon, a 6-year-old girl was given an accidental lethal dose of liquid nicotine by her father, who confused it for children’s pain medication. The girl’s parents were both smokers and vapers. The mother had just purchased a highly concentrated form of liquid nicotine for their e-cigarettes, then followed the instructions regarding how to dilute it using vegetable glycerin. She used an empty children’s ibuprofen bottle to store the diluted liquid, lightly writing “NIC” on the outside. When the father searched for medication to give the girl, who was suffering from a sprained ankle, he accidentally used the liquid nicotine. The ... 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

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

Researchers Begin New Human Studies to Determine Health Effects of E-Cigarettes

According to a recent national consumer survey, 44 percent of Americans younger than 35 believe e-cigarettes to be safer than traditional cigarettes. Two new studies, however, have plans to determine the health effects of e-cigarette use. The studies, conducted by The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (The OSUCCC – James), are still in the process of enlisting healthy participants. “We have no idea where in the spectrum these are, in terms of safety,” Peter Shields, M.D., a thoracic oncologist, cancer control researcher and deputy director of The OSUCCC – James said. “Are they like cigarettes, or nothing like cigarettes? Do they ... Read More

E-Cigarettes as Smoking Cessation Could Result In Double Addiction

Vickie Lee, a registered respiratory therapist and certified tobacco treatment specialist at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes, helps people nearly every day of the week who have trouble breathing due to a cigarette smoking habit. Quitting can be very difficult, and Lee believes in providing patients all the assistance they need to kick the habit – except encouraging e-cigarettes. “Unfortunately, I see a growing number of patients who turn to e-cigarettes as a means to quit smoking,” Lee writes to Detroit Lakes Tribune. “There is also no conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes are effective for smoking cessation; in fact, quite often, users ... Read More

Kids Believe Vaping is Safer than Smoking

National surveys have concluded that the majority of U.S. middle and high schoolers believe e-cigarettes  are safer than conventional cigarettes. They also believe them to be not as addictive. The surveys’ lead author Dr. Stephen M. Amrock of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland says that the safety of e-cigarettes “continues to be debated by public health experts.” He continues, “U.S. youth may not be wrong that e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes, but such a view captures only half the story. Less harmful does not equate with no harm.” National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys in 2012 and 2014 ... Read More

Online e-Cigarette Company Taken to Federal Court Over alleged False Claims of Toxin-Free Products

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken online e-cigarette company, The Joystick Company Pty Ltd, to Federal Court alleging the company is making false claims that its products are free from toxins, specifically formaldehyde. The company claims that its products are “independent from” chemicals typically found in traditional cigarettes, and that they were approved by the ACCC. The ACCC, however, disagrees. In fact, it had recently issued three infringement notices to Joystick alleging a number of “false or misleading representations.” When Joystick refused to pay the penalties as required per the infringement notices and maintained its claims of pure products, ACCC moved forward ... Read More