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North Hempstead Considering Law Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Customers Younger than 21

North Hempstead, N.Y., is considering the proposal to pass a law prohibiting e-cigarette sales to customers younger than 21. The proposed law is sponsored by Judi Bosworth, Town Supervisor, and will be discussed at a Nov. 15 public hearing. According to Bosworth, it is an ideal solution to the problem of protecting the youth of North Hempstead from the negative health effects of smoking. “By restricting the sale itself, instead of just regulating the ads, we will protect the health of our children,” Bosworth told the town officials at a recent board meeting. “Regardless of the location of the store selling cigarettes ... Read More

Smokers often unaware of e-cigarette risks; believe vaping to be ‘harmless’

When cigarettes were first introduced a century ago, makers claimed that smoking was harmless, similar to the claims of e-cigarette sellers today. Several decades later, cigarette use has been proven to cause cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and other health hazards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable morbidity in the U.S., claiming more than 480,000 lives annually. Like traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Not only is the nicotine in e-cigarettes highly addictive, it also has potential harmful vascular and neurologic effects. Although vaping is promoted as being a smoking cessation aid, there is no ... Read More

E-Cigarette retailers Receive Warning Letters From the FDA Over Selling to Minors

Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) handed out warning letters to five companies that sell e-cigarettes, citing them for selling their products to minors. Since new regulations have been placed on e-cigarette marketing and sales, the vaping community and sellers have been reacting with fierce opposition. Rounds of warning letters have already been sent out from the FDA to e-cigarette sellers for products sold to minors, and now five more companies – iPuffVapor, Puff n Stuff Kissimmee Inc., Encore Vapor Inc., Mission Pipe Cigar Shop and Rize Vapor – have been recipients of the letters. As of the end of September, a ... Read More

Keeping Your Lungs Healthy During Healthy Lung Month

Although most people associate October with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is also known as Healthy Lung Month. The American Lung Association is publishing material all month with tips and education about how to take care of your lungs. First on the list of encouraging healthy lungs is not smoking. Cigarette smoke is a known cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Cigarette smoke also destroys lung tissue and can cause chronic inflammation of the lungs. E-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) now have the same FDA regulation as regular cigarettes because of dangers ... Read More

‘Popcorn Lung’ Can Return After Lung Transplant

Bronchiolitis obliterans is a serious lung disease that is commonly known as “popcorn lung.” The disease got its nickname for the five microwave popcorn plant workers that developed the disease in 2000 after long-term exposure to diacetyl, a chemical used as a flavoring that mimics the creamy taste of butter. Diacetyl is a naturally occurring chemical in the coffee bean roasting process, and is often added to foods and drinks that are enhanced by a buttery flavor, such as cooking oil, cooking sprays, baking mixes, beer and flavored coffee. It has also been found in e-cigarette liquids, which raises concerns about the ... Read More

Doctors in Europe Study the Dangers of Second-Hand E-Cigarette Emissions

E-cigarettes may not contain tobacco, but according to Dr. Esteve Fernández of the University of Barcelona, Spain, their emissions do contain nicotine, benzene and other carcinogenic compounds. Dr. Fernández is the head of a project called TrackSHS, aimed at finding out the effects of inhaling emissions from e-cigarettes second-hand. “Electronic cigarettes don’t produce combustion of tobacco – in fact they don’t even contain tobacco,” Dr. Fernández explained. “But because most users use charges containing nicotine they do produce tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.” Dr. Fernández added, “We know that the aerosols from e-cigarettes contain nicotine that can be assimilated by bystanders exposed ... Read More

E-cigarette Explosions, Burn Injuries Not Isolated Incidents

Many e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers argue that the devices are safe to use, yet people continue to be severely burned by device explosions and fires in alarming numbers. Dr. Kevin Foster, head of the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix, told TV 3’s KPHO/KTVK that the second- and third-degree burns that one Arizona teen recently suffered because of an exploding e-cigarette were not an isolated incident. Seventeen-year-old Hailey Boyce was severely burned on her chest, side, and hands when her e-cigarette exploded and set her hair and clothes on fire. The explosion was so powerful that pieces of her e-cigarette were ... Read More

FDA Issues Warning Letter for Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first warning letters last week to 55 tobacco retailers for selling e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars, which are newly regulated, to minors. The new regulations enforced last month make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah tobacco to anyone younger than 18, either in person or online. The restrictions also include the requirement to check the photo ID of anyone younger than 27. When the FDA moved forward with compliance checks, targeting major national retail chains, they found that even after the new regulations were enacted, minors were still able to purchase the tobacco products, ... Read More

American Lung Association ‘Very Concerned’ About Health Consequences of Vaping

The American Lung Association has taken an official stance on e-cigarettes, stating that the organization is “very concerned” about the potential negative health effects of vaping. It is also not convinced that e-cigarettes can be used to help a person stop smoking. The American Heart Association doesn’t believe in the safety of e-cigarettes, either. In e-cigarette liquids, the chemical called diacetyl has been found, which is linked to serious and debilitating lung diseases such as bronchiolitis obliterans. Even liquids that do not contain nicotine have been found to contain formaldehyde and acetalehyde, which are cancer-causing chemicals. “E-cigarettes are dangerous because they target young people, ... Read More

Clinicians Are Warned Against Recommending E-Cigarettes to Patients Who Smoke

The general impression is that e-cigarettes are much healthier than conventional cigarettes. Although conventional cigarettes are severely unhealthy, e-cigarettes are far from safe. Clare Meernik, MPH and Adam O. Goldstein, MD, MPH of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently published an article advising that doctors should never routinely recommend e-cigarettes to patients who smoke as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes. Drs. Meernik and Goldstein provide four reasons for their opinion: inadequate safety, poor effectiveness, little regulation, and an ethical commitment to do no harm. There is a lack of strong evidence to prove that electronic nicotine ... Read More