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A new study finds secondhand exposure to vaping may raise the chances of asthma attacks in adolescents with the respiratory condition. Middle school and high school students with asthma were 27 percent more likely to have suffered an asthma attack if they'd been exposed to vapor from someone else's e-cigarette use, the researchers found.

"While we cannot definitively say these products worsen asthma, I think if I was a parent, I wouldn't want to risk my kids being around people using these products," said lead researcher Jennifer Bayly.

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Juul has all the qualities of a standard Silicon Valley success - fat profit margins, explosive growth, and even the cultural cachet to make its name a verb.

But the three-year-old start-up is not a simple technology company: it sells addictive e-cigarettes.

Its popularity among teens has provoked a backlash from authorities, and the announcement last month that it would join forces with Altria, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, has only ramped up the controversy.

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Arizona's existing law forbidding e-cigarette sales to youths is inadequate in curbing what has become a crisis in the state, says the sponsor of a new bill targeting minors' access to vaping products.

Surrounded by school and public health officials, state Sen.-elect Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, on Tuesday announced she would sponsor a bill this legislative session to reclassify e-cigarettes as tobacco products.

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It’s been more than a decade since you’ve been able to smoke in a Columbia bar or restaurant.

But, well, times have changed, and so has smoking.

With the popularity of electronic cigarettes rising exponentially, Columbia leaders plan to take a new look at the city’s public smoking laws and consider whether to add these nontraditional smoking devices to the city’s workplace smoking ban. “We’ve got to modernize” Columbia’s smoking laws, said City Councilman Howard Duvall [...]

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E-cigarettes have grown significantly since their creation in 2003. Indeed, the modern battery-operating smoking device was invented by a Chinese pharmacist by the name of Hon Lik. However, the earliest idea of an e-cigarette can actually be traced back to 1963, when Herbert A. Gilbert invented a non-tobacco cigarette. [...] To this day, most e-cigarettes are manufactured in China. Lik came up with the idea for the e-cigarette when he considered using a high frequency, electric ultrasound emitting element to vaporise liquid that contained nicotine.

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Throughout 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tried to stymie rising rates of youth vaping. As part its latest effort, the federal agency says it’ll be exploring drugs, specifically tailored at stopping teen use of e-cigarettes. The public is responding with both criticisms and affirmations in the lead up to a public hearing in January.

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How should society regulate reduced-risk products like e-cigarettes, heated tobacco products, novel nicotine products or smokeless tobacco? These products challenge existing systems of tobacco regulation, which generally assume the products are an unqualified threat to be contained. In reality, the products represent a public health opportunity with relatively minor risks to be mitigated.

If there is too little regulation, people may be harmed by dangerous products or fooled by misleading claims. [...]

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One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to stop smoking. Quite rightly so, considering smoking is the biggest leading, preventable cause of death, worldwide. In fact, tobacco is the only legally-available product that kills up to one in every two users, when used as intended. There are a number of ways to stop smoking. But the most common include going "cold turkey", the use of medication – usually offered by doctors and stop smoking services – or the switch to e-cigarettes.

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A new George Mason University study reveals that the number of e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries have been underestimated.

The report was published in the journal Tobacco Control, and stated that between 2015 and 2017, there were an estimated 2,035 emergency department visits caused by e-cigarette explosions and burns. Even this number is likely to be lower than the true number of cases, as not all injured people report to the emergency room for these types of injuries.

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Smoking shisha "significantly increases" the risk of users developing diabetes and obesity, a major study has revealed for the first time.

Research carried out by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School found that smokers were more likely to gain weight and develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to non-smokers after inhaling 'hookah' fumes. [...] the participants baseline characteristics were measured against their biochemical results which were observed through blood tests.

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Smoking shisha 'significantly increases' the risk of users developing diabetes and obesity, a new study has revealed for the first time. Research carried out by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) found that smokers were more likely to gain weight and develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to non-smokers. In the largest study to explore the adverse effects of hookah smoking, the participants baseline characteristics were measured against their biochemical results which were observed through blood tests.

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E-cigarettes pose a tiny percent of the risk of cigarette smoking, just 1 percent to 5 percent according to authorities like the United Kingdom government. That could mean the difference between life and death for the half million Americans and 7 million people worldwide who die of smoking-related illness every year. Even if it turns out that e-cigarettes convey small long-term risks, those products should remain an option for smokers who haven’t been able to kick their more deadly habit and haven’t had luck with prescription drugs, patches, gums or lozenges.

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Various forms of e-cigarettes face growing resistance from the government in their efforts to break into the Indian market. At least three ministries have advanced new regulations on the marketing or import of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems – widely known as vapes – while the medical community debates their actual effects on health.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has proposed an amendment to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2018 to ban the advertisement of e-cigarettes.

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Research from King's College London finds smokers and ex-smokers in the UK overestimate the harm from vaping, with fewer than 6 out of 10 accurately believing that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. Misperceptions appear to be on the increase and are particularly strong in smokers and those who have never tried vaping. Lead researcher Dr Leonie Brose [...] said 'Tobacco cigarettes kill over half of those who smoke long-term, yet very few people know that nicotine is not the direct cause of smoking-related death and disease. [...]

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Retail licensing requirements written with cigarettes in mind could be helping lower the risk of teenagers using other tobacco products such as e-cigarettes.

According to a study published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics, teens who live in areas with strong regulations could be at lower risk of tobacco use. "We compared rates of tobacco product use among youth who lived in areas that had strong tobacco vendor licensing requirements ... with rates in areas with weak retail licensing regulation," Robert Urman, one of the authors of the study [...]

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Sifting through contradictory evidence is common when it comes to choosing the right thing to do to improve our health, not least at new year when many of us promise to leave old habits behind and make a fresh start. One topic that is almost guaranteed to provoke arguments is e-cigarettes. Thousands of research papers have been published about these devices over the past decade. But we do not seem to be much closer to a global consensus on their risks or benefits, [...]

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With the start of the new year, many of us are starting to think about improving our health. And among those resolutions, for a lot of people, will be to quit smoking. E-cigarettes are slowly becoming a very popular choice for quitters; but, with so much conflicting evidence about their safety, are they really the best choice? In the last ten years, since e-cigarettes have become more mainstream, there’s been thousands of studies carried out into their risks and benefits.

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Big tobacco firm Philip Morris International (PM) may have seen shares tumble more than 35% in 2018, but that’s not stopping analysts from expecting big things from the company in 2019.

Citing the rising popularity of the company’s newest smoking cessation device, iQOS, and its effectiveness in getting smokers to switch, Piper Jaffray reiterated its Overweight rating and $110 price target that represents a more than 60% upside for the international seller of Marlboro cigarettes.

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Suzi chats to Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Edinburgh about e-cigarettes and vaping. Linda provides an update on what's changed in the last 2 years since the first E-Cigarettes episode - in terms of who's using them, whether they are helping in smoking quit attempts, and what some of the new products on the market are like. Suzi and Linda also discuss nicotine itself, and the evidence as to whether or not it's harmful. [...]

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A new poll shows that the vast majority of Kentucky voters favor taxing electronic cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes.

According to the poll, conducted in mid-December by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc., 73 percent of Kentuckians statewide support adding a state excise tax on e-cigarettes.

 

Currently, e-cigarettes are subject only to sales taxes in Kentucky, while traditional cigarettes and other tobacco product purchases incur both sales and excise taxes.