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E-cigarette use among American high school students is at an all time high

E-cigarette use among American high school students is at an all time high

A new government report has shown that the use of electronic cigarettes has tripled among American high school students between 2013 and 2014, raising concerns that the fight against teen smoking is failing... [More]
Study explores composition of e-cigarette vapor, potential health impacts of secondhand exposure

Study explores composition of e-cigarette vapor, potential health impacts of secondhand exposure

On the heels of the Federal Drug Administration's (FDA) second public workshop to explore the public health considerations associated with e-cigarettes, nonprofit research organization RTI International released a new research paper "Exhaled Electronic Cigarette Emissions: What's Your Secondhand Exposure?," which explores the composition of e-cigarette vapor and the potential health impacts of secondhand exposure. [More]
Electronic cigarettes and smoking cessation: an interview with Professor Peter Hajek

Electronic cigarettes and smoking cessation: an interview with Professor Peter Hajek

The electronic cigarette has been invented by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik in 2003. The rise in electronic cigarettes (EC) popularity was initially a grass root phenomenon. EC are estimated to be at least 95% safer than cigarettes and they appeal to smokers who cannot or do not want to stop smoking, but who want to reduce the risks smoking poses to their health. [More]
Emerging evidence suggests electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit

Emerging evidence suggests electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit

New Cochrane review finds emerging evidence that smokers who use electronic cigarettes can stop or reduce their smoking. [More]
E-cigarettes not as addictive as tobacco cigarettes

E-cigarettes not as addictive as tobacco cigarettes

E-cigarettes appear to be less addictive than cigarettes in former smokers and this could help improve understanding of how various nicotine delivery devices lead to dependence, according to researchers. [More]
UCSF report: California Tobacco Control Program under threat

UCSF report: California Tobacco Control Program under threat

California's position as a leader in tobacco control is under threat, according to a new report from the UC San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Once a highly successful program and international model, the state's anti-tobacco efforts now appear to be waning due to the decreased spending power of the California Tobacco Control Program, a resurgence of the tobacco industry in state politics, and the emergence of new unregulated tobacco products. [More]
Youth who have used e-cigarettes are more likely to try conventional cigarettes

Youth who have used e-cigarettes are more likely to try conventional cigarettes

A recent study by a Georgia State University scientist and her colleagues with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that youth who have never even touched a regular tobacco cigarette -- but have ever used e-cigarettes -- are more likely to report that they may try conventional cigarettes. [More]
Research delves into social norms and beliefs of teenage male electronic cigarette users

Research delves into social norms and beliefs of teenage male electronic cigarette users

"The Social Norms and Beliefs of Teenage Male Electronic Cigarette Use," a research study published in Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse (Routledge), delves into the social norms and beliefs of teenage male electronic cigarette users. [More]
Experts release position statement on electronic cigarettes

Experts release position statement on electronic cigarettes

Experts from the world's leading lung organizations have released a position statement on electronic cigarettes, focusing on their potential adverse effects on human health and calling on governments to ban or restrict their use until their health impacts are better known. [More]
Seeing people use e-cigarettes increases urge to smoke among young adult smokers

Seeing people use e-cigarettes increases urge to smoke among young adult smokers

Seeing people use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) increases the urge to smoke among regular combustible cigarettes users, according to a new study of young adult smokers. [More]
Study: E-cigarettes appear to increase virulence of drug- resistant and life-threatening bacteria

Study: E-cigarettes appear to increase virulence of drug- resistant and life-threatening bacteria

Despite being touted by their manufacturers as a healthy alternative to cigarettes, e-cigarettes appear in a laboratory study to increase the virulence of drug- resistant and potentially life-threatening bacteria, while decreasing the ability of human cells to kill these bacteria [More]
High-voltage e-cigarettes may expose users to increased levels of toxic chemicals

High-voltage e-cigarettes may expose users to increased levels of toxic chemicals

High-voltage electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may expose users to increased levels of toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, according to research led by Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD, a researcher in the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). [More]
Many young parents believe that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes

Many young parents believe that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes

Many young parents are using electronic cigarettes, and despite any evidence for safety, the vast majority of young adults who have used the devices believe they are less harmful than regular cigarettes, according to research to be presented Sunday, May 4, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. [More]
Study: Electronic cigarette "vapors" may worsen acute respiratory diseases among youth

Study: Electronic cigarette "vapors" may worsen acute respiratory diseases among youth

Electronic cigarette "vapors" are made of small particles containing chemicals that may cause or worsen acute respiratory diseases, including asthma and bronchitis, among youth, according to a new study by RTI International. [More]
Viewpoints: Boehner's 'truthful gaffe' on health law; Larry Kramer's AIDS crusade; costly drugs

Viewpoints: Boehner's 'truthful gaffe' on health law; Larry Kramer's AIDS crusade; costly drugs

Although "repeal and replace" has been the Republican position on Obamacare since 2010, "replace" has been there mainly because it polled well. Republicans were satisfied with the health-care status quo in 2009, and would have been glad to repeal Obamacare to return to it. As Steve Benen points out, Republicans voted for just-plain-repeal many times. [More]

FDA proposes rule to include e-cigarettes under its tobacco authority

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently proposed a new rule to regulate additional tobacco products as part of its implementation of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. [More]
Longer looks: Exercise to treat depression; crowdsourcing treatment decisions; nitroglycerin shortage

Longer looks: Exercise to treat depression; crowdsourcing treatment decisions; nitroglycerin shortage

Depression is the most common mental illness-;affecting a staggering 25 percent of Americans-;but a growing body of research suggests that one of its best cures is cheap and ubiquitous. [More]

Physicians believe electronic cigarettes should be treated no differently than tobacco products

The potential dangers of electronic cigarettes have members of the Pennsylvania Medical Society concerned, and until more is known about the products, the state's physicians believe they should be treated no differently than tobacco products. [More]
Graduate student receives NIH fellowship of more than $90,000 to study e-cigarette use

Graduate student receives NIH fellowship of more than $90,000 to study e-cigarette use

Ever since e-cigarettes hit the market in 2004, they have been advertised as an aid for cigarette smoking cessation. The aerosols produced by e-cigarettes, however, have yet to be screened for potential health risks. [More]
Pro-smoking content being promoted in smartphone apps

Pro-smoking content being promoted in smartphone apps

Pro-smoking content, some featuring explicit cigarette brand images, is being promoted in smartphone apps reaching millions of users worldwide, including teenagers and children. [More]
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