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California Bill Aims To Protect Salon Workers From Toxic Exposures

A new bill aiming to better protect beauty salon workers from the chemical hazards they routinely face is making its way through the California legislature. While beauty salons don’t normally conjure images of occupational hazards like some other occupations do, say for instance construction work or long-haul truck driving, the truth is that hairdressers, manicurists, and other salon workers face some of the biggest workplace risks with their daily exposures to toxic chemicals. Formaldehyde, a highly volatile and toxic compound that poses a substantial threat to human health, is commonly found in and released by certain hair-smoothing products used by salons, such ... Read More

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

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: 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

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

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

Study: Flavored E-Cigarettes are More Toxic Than Regular E-Cigarettes

All e-cigarettes have been found to contain many potentially harmful chemical compounds, as well as carcinogens. However, a new study indicates flavored e-cigarettes may be more harmful than non-flavored, and one flavor is reportedly the most toxic of all. Formaldehyde, acrolein, acetoin, propylene glycol, glycerin, diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione have all been detected in e-cigarette liquids and their vapors. The risk level of exposure depends on how old the e-cigarette is, how many coils it has, temperature, voltage, flavor and brand. A study published in Tobacco Control, a division of BMJ Online Magazine, discovered that, out of all flavors tested, strawberry may be the ... Read More

Study of E-Cigarettes Provides insight to Improve Safety

In a recent study of e-cigarettes, two types of devices were examined: e-cigarettes with one heating coil, and the more expensive two-heating-coil varieties. Researchers examined the emissions from both types of e-cigarettes, using three kinds of juices and using varying battery voltages. The emissions were found to contain diacetyl, formaldehyde and acrolein, and the higher the e-cigarette voltage, the more dangerous chemicals it produced. Prue Talbot, a professor of cell biology and director of the UC Riverside Stem Cell Center, said of the study, “This is an important area of electronic cigarette research and this paper makes new and interesting observations on ... Read More