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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

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

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

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

CDC Issues Warning to Workers in Food and Beverage Industry to Beware of Diacetyl

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finally issued a warning regarding the dangers of diacetyl exposure. The warning advises to beware of diacetyl exposure in general, but advises workers in the coffee, popcorn and other food and beverage making industries to take extra precautions. Diacetyl is a naturally occurring chemical in the coffee roasting process, but can also be artificially created for use in foods, drinks and e-cigarettes flavor liquids to mimic the creamy taste of butter. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the chemical is safe when consumed in trace amounts, but inhalation is harmful. ... Read More

More than 600,000 food industry workers Could Be at Risk for Diacetyl Exposure

Last October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finalized a warning to coffee workers, popcorn plant workers and other food and beverage-making workers about the dangers of diacetyl exposure. Diacetyl is a naturally occurring chemical in the coffee-roasting process, and can be artificially added to other foods and drinks, such as microwave popcorn, baking products, and beer. The flavoring is an enhancement that mimics the creamy, smooth taste of butter. According to the FDA, it is safe to eat in trace amounts, but breathing it has been linked to serious respiratory illnesses such as bronchiolitis obliterans, a deadly disease in ... 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

NIOSH Recommends Food Production Workers Take Precautions if Working Near Diacetyl

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that has made specific recommendations to protect food production workers from the harmful effects of diacetyl and its substitute, 2,3 pentanedione. Diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione, food flavoring additives, have been linked to serious lung diseases such as obliterative bronchiolitis, better known as “popcorn lung.” The disease earned its nickname from the microwave popcorn plant workers that developed the disease in 2000 after long-term exposure to the chemical, which is used to mimic the creamy taste of butter. Popcorn lung is when the smallest ... Read More

NIOSH conducts health hazard evaluations at coffee-processing facilities after identifying diacetyl exposure hazard

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the workplace-safety arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency has recently increased its interest in the hazards of exposure to diacetyl and other similar workplace chemicals. Diacetyl 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. A recent study has linked the chemical to Alzheimer’s Disease. It has also been linked to lung damage that leads to bronchiolitis obliterans, better known as “popcorn lung,” a disease where the smallest airways of the lungs have ... Read More

The Risk of Second-Hand E-Cigarette Emissions Raises Concerns

E-cigarettes may not contain tobacco, but they do contain chemicals in the emissions that could affect the heath of both vapers and bystanders. According to Dr. Esteve Fernández of the University of Barcelona and the Catalan Institute of Oncology, Spain, emissions from e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, benzene and other carcinogenic compounds. Dr. Fernández is currently running a European-funded project called TackSHS, short for “tackle second-hand smoke.” The project researches the effects of second-hand emissions from both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes on people’s health, aiming to help decision-makers adapt legislation to the needs of the population and how to protect them. The studies will take note ... Read More