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Occupational Lung Diseases Triggered By Workplace Exposures

Workplace exposures to vapor, gas, dust, and fumes dramatically increase the likelihood that workers will develop some form of lung disease, a new U.S. medical study has found. To understand what roles workplace exposures may play in promoting changes visible on a CT lung scan, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York analyzed data from a broad study of cardiovascular disease in adults. The participating patients were divided among six cities: Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, St. Paul, Minnesota; and Winston Salem, North Carolina. According to Reuters, the 5,702 study participants had chest CT scans at the ... Read More

New Beryllium Exposure Rule Delayed By Trump’s Regulatory Freeze

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is pushing back the effective date of a beryllium safety rule “for further review and consideration.” The delay is part of a sweeping anti-regulation stance the Trump Administration has assumed, ordering the review of any new or pending regulations adopted before Trump took office. The new federal beryllium rule, which was supposed to take effect March 21, aims to protect workers in a number of manufacturing industries aims by dramatically reducing workplace exposures to beryllium, a strong, lightweight metal that can cause fatal lung cancer and other serious lung disease. In August 2016, OSHA first ... 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

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

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

New Rule Lowering Beryllium Exposures Aims To Protect Workers From Lung Disease

A new federal rule aimed at protecting workers in a number of manufacturing industries aims to dramatically reduce workplace exposure to beryllium, a strong, lightweight metal that can cause fatal lung cancer and other serious lung disease. Beryllium is a crucial to a number of industries, including aerospace, electronics, energy, telecommunications, medical, defense, construction, and ship building. The federal government’s new beryllium standards, announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Jan.6, require employers to take additional, practical measures to protect workers from beryllium exposures. A number of manufacturing processes create highly toxic beryllium dust, fume, and mist, which ... Read More

Majority of Pulmonologists Would Not Recommend E-Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation

In a survey of 773 pulmonologists, the majority of the physicians did not believe e-cigarettes were an effective method of smoking cessation. Researcher Stephen Baldassarri, MD, of Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., revealed the findings at CHEST 2016, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians. “The vast majority of physicians who answered the survey — about 88 percent — reported that at least some of their patients had asked their opinion about e-cigarettes,” said Baldassarri, “and four out of five reported their patients were using e-cigarettes to stop smoking.” Only one-third of the physicians surveyed said ... Read More

E-cigarettes keep people smoking cigarettes, says Professor of Medicine

The vaping community claims using e-cigarettes decreases the use of, and is substantially safer than, tobacco cigarettes. The scientific community argues that it is still bad for your health, period. Over 600,000 people die of heart disease every year, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rising popularity of e-cigarette use shows likelihood that those numbers will increase in the coming years. “My current thinking is that e-cigarettes are going to cause less damage than conventional cigarettes in terms of cancer, but they’re probably just as dangerous – if not more – when it comes to heart disease and non-cancer ... Read More

FDA Does Not Require Diacetyl to Be Listed On Labels

Diacetyl has been under a lot of scrutiny in the last few years for its links to severe negative effects on the lungs. It is a flavoring agent that mimics the creamy taste of butter, and is used in products such as baking mixes, microwave popcorn, beer, and e-cigarette liquids. Recently, a study has linked consumption of the chemical to Alzheimer’s Disease. It has also been linked to lung damage that leads to bronchiolitis obliterans, a disease where the smallest airways of the lungs have become inflamed and scarred, severely restricting airflow. Lawsuits have been aimed at flavoring manufacturers for the lung ... Read More