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How Many Companies Have A Policy on E-Cigarettes?

A new survey published in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has highlighted that many US employees are unclear about the e-cigarette policy at their place of work and whether that policy is different for vaping and for smoking.

The survey was conducted to better assess the perceptions employees had of their company’s smoking and vaping policies and included responses from 456 employed smokers and vapers.

The main response was that companies had the same policy for smoking and vaping, and if there was a difference, the most restrictive policies were placed upon smoking, as opposed to vaping.

Around 12.5 percent of respondents were unaware if their company had any policy related to vaping. Approximately 20 percent reported that employers offered them smoking cessation resources.

While policies around smoking are still a little unclear, policies around vaping are often non-existent, and there is little information available about how the devices can help smokers quit a habit which research continues to show is extremely harmful to health.

“Organizations should not consider smoking and vaping to be the same when setting policy,” the authors said.

“Employers should ensure organizational vaping policies are present and clear to all employees.”

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‘Smoking kills,’ admit tobacco companies, in push to sell e-cigs

Tobacco companies are now pushing cigarettes smokers to quit smoking cigarettes and make the switch to e-cigs, according to experts.

British American Tobacco chief scientist, David O’Reilly said in a statement: “If you smoke cigarettes and you smoke cigarettes all your life, then on average half of those cigarette smokers will die prematurely.”

“Maybe ten years prematurely from a variation of diseases, whether that’s lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease,” he added.

Studies have proven that vaping is around 95 percent less harmful than smoking cigarettes, which explains why British American Tobacco are keen to crack the e-cig market and have invested a billion dollars into researching the devices.

“We’re very confident that compared to smoking, the harms involved (with using e-cigarettes) are certainly no more than five percent of the risks from smoking,” added Dr. Nick Hopkinson from the Royal College of Physicians.

“So for someone who is a smoker, switching across to vaping is a huge improvement in terms of their health risk,” he said.

This view is also shared by various Australian medical professionals, including Associate Professor of Public Health, Colin Mendelsohn.

“We can say for sure it’s safer than tobacco, which kills two out of three long-term smokers,” he said.

“We’ve had 10 years of vaping so far, there’s been no evidence of any serious harm from vaping.”

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E-cigarettes more popular than FDA-approved quitting aids, according to research

New research has found that smokers prefer e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

The brief, which was authored by RTI International, the University of North Carolina and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health, used a nationally representative online survey of 15,943 adult smokers who tried to quit smoking during the past three months, to see which methods they preferred.

The results showed that e-cigs were more popular as a quit aid for partial or complete substitution (2.2 percent), compared with nicotine patches/gum (0.8 percent) or other prescription medicines (0.4 percent).

Telephone quit lines, which the US government have poured millions of dollars into, were rarely used as a quitting aid, making up just 0.02 percent.

After this survey, there is even more pressure on the US government to follow suit behind Britain, where e-cigs have been the leading quit-smoking aid since 2013.

The UK Royal College of Physicians clearly stated their position on the matter, stating: “the hazard to health arising from long-term vapor inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5 percent of the harm from smoking tobacco.”

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Vaping causes less damage to our DNA than smoking, according to new research

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A new study, funded by British American Tobacco, has found that vaping is not as damaging to your genes as smoking cigarettes.

Testing their first e-cig brand, Vype, the company’s team of scientists compared the effects of vaping on a person’s DNA, with the effects of smoking.

They found that inhaling the same or more nicotine from an e-cigarette causes “very little” changes to our genes compared to regular smoking.

Using a 3D model of a human airway, the scientists exposed the tissue to e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke, continuously for an hour in each test.

They tested two different doses of vapor, with one level matching the nicotine in cigarette smoke and the second dose containing double the amount of nicotine, reaching cells in the airway.

The scientists mapped those that were “switched on and off” at 24 hours and 48 hours, after the one-hour exposure to measure the effect on genes.

They found 873 and 205 genes were affected after 24 and 48 hours respectively in the tissue exposed to cigarette smoke, and just three and one in the tissue exposed to e-cig vapor.

The cigarette smoke caused changes to genes involved in the development of lung cancer, inflammation and fibrosis, while e-cig vapor only caused minor changes to genes involved in cell metabolism and oxidative stress processes.

“Our results clearly show that cigarette smoke has an adverse effect on cells, triggering a robust gene expression response,” said Dr James Murphy, head of reduced risk substantiation at British American Tobacco.

“However, even at equivalent or higher dose of nicotine, acute exposure to the test e-cigarette vapor has very limited impact on gene expression compared to cigarette smoke exposure – it’s a striking difference.”

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New Zealand Government Legalizes E-cigs In Bid To Make Country Smoke-free By 2025

The New Zealand Government plans to make e-cigs legal in order to reach their target of becoming smoke-free by 2025.

“Scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is still developing but there’s a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking,” said Associate Health Minister, Nick Wagner.

“This is an opportunity to see if restricted access to e-cigarettes and e-liquid can help lower our smoking rates, reduce harm and save lives.” she said.

There will be new rules put in place for all e-cigarettes, regardless of whether or not they contain nicotine. The rules include restricting sales to those 18 years and over and prohibiting vaping in indoor workplaces and other areas where smoking is banned under the Smoke-free Environments Act.

The tax that applies to cigarettes would not be added on to e-cigarettes, and strict advertising rules will limit the exposure of the products to children and young people who are unlikely to smoke otherwise.

The Ministry of Health says there is “emerging evidence that e‑cigarette use may substantially reduce the burden of disease caused by smoking”.

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Gottlieb Will Not Commit To Banning Flavored E-cigs


Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who has been chosen to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by President Trump, has refused to commit to banning flavored e-cigs when confronted with the argument that potential flavors that could lure young people into experimentation.

During Gottlieb’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash named e-cigarette flavors when questioning him: “Gummy bears? Cookies and cream?”

Although Gottlieb admitted that Sen. Patty Murray was raising some imperative questions about whether flavored e-cigs could be a gateway to adolescent smoking, he said:

“I think a properly constructed and overseen regulatory process should have the capacity, under the authorities Congress gave the agency, to make these determinations.”

“I recognize there is a line here somewhere, and I don’t know where that line gets drawn. I think that line needs to get drawn by people who are experts in evaluating that science, and I want to support that,” he said.

As FDA commissioner, Gottlieb would oversee the regulation of pharmaceuticals, tobacco, medical devices, food safety, cosmetics and other areas of human and animal health.

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UK Statistics Show One Person Switching To Vaping Every Four Minutes

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According to a recent report from the Office of National Statistics, 56.7% of smokers across the UK decided to quit smoking traditional cigarettes in 2015, which is the highest proportion since 1974.

There is evidence to suggest that the reason for this cigarette decline is due to a recent vaping boom, with UK residents switching to vaping faster than any other country in Europe.

Approximately one UK resident makes the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigs every four minutes.

British online retailer, Vapourlites, conducted some research on the UK cities with the most e-cig outlets, finding the Scottish capital of Edinburgh had the most with a total of 17 vape stores. Large cities, London and Birmingham each had 10 stores, and out of 68 cities analysed, only 13 didn’t have e-cig stores within a 2-mile radius.

Charles Bloom, director of Vapourlites, said: “The emergence of vaping outlets in major cities is highly beneficial – not just to those in the business, but to everyone who is struggling with addiction. It is highly important to maintain choice: people should not feel confined in how they choose to cope with their addiction. Hopefully, the example set by leading cities like Edinburgh, London and Birmingham will encourage cities across the globe to follow suit.” 

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Does vaping lead to smoking? Public health researchers say no

Public health researchers have confirmed that e-cigs are not a gateway to smoking cigarettes, as some misleading studies suggest.

The paper, which was produced by researchers from the University at Buffalo and the University of Michigan writing in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, focused on the risks for moving from e-cigs to traditional cigarettes.

“There is little evidence that those who have never smoked cigarettes or never used other tobacco products and first try e-cigarettes will later move on to cigarette usage with great frequency or daily, regular smoking,” said Lynn Kozlowski, the paper’s lead author.

The research paper also highlights shortcomings in studies that show a link between e-cig use and subsequent smoking.

Some studies use misleading measures for what is actually considered smoking. “Measures of ‘at least one puff in the past six months’ can mean little more than the experimenting vaper was curious how cigarettes compared,” said Lynn Kozlowski, the paper’s lead author.

Authors of the study say that more accurate information needs to be provided to the public on the health risks of e-cigs versus traditional cigarettes.

“From the best evidence to date, e-cigarettes are much less dangerous than cigarettes. The public has become confused about this,” Kozlowski added.

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New study says 32% of smokers will have switched to e-cigs by 2050

A new study published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology has predicted that by 2050 the 32% of smokers in the UK that would otherwise have continued smoking will have made the switch to e-cigs.

The prediction was made after scientists at British American Tobacco developed a model which looks at a number of possible scenarios that may occur between 2000 and 2050. There is a baseline scenario in which e-cigarettes are not on the market, and a counterfactual scenario, based on the current trends in which both cigarettes and e-cigs are available to consumers.

The scientists used past trends to help predict the future, which, according to Dr. James Murphy, Head of Reduced Risk Substantiation at British American Tobacco, “is an informative way of assessing population health effects when epidemiological data are not available.”

“Our model shows that when e-cigarettes are available, the effect of ‘normalisation’, through for example, the visibility and familiarization of e-cigarettes versus the ‘de-normalization’ of cigarettes, means that fewer people start smoking and there is a higher rate of successful quit attempts–smokers quit earlier and, although many still relapse, there are significantly more former smokers,” Murphy added.

The model also takes into account the characteristics and behaviors or consumers, such as when they started smoking or whether they are a dual user, are represented through a feedback system, as is the potential effect of smoking normalization on starting and cessation rates. Factors including consumer age, gender, and aging are also taken into account.

“Our results show an overall beneficial effect of e-cigarettes on a population, reducing smoking prevalence and smoking-related deaths,” says Murphy.

These results coincide with reports such as the one published by Public Health England, saying that the current expert estimate is that using e-cigarettes is around 95% safer than smoking cigarettes.

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Here’s Why British Smokers Are Switching To E-Cigs At Such High Rates

According to research from business consultancy firm EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young), one person has switched from traditional smoking to vaping every four minutes in the UK.

There are approximately two million British people vaping, (a total of 4.2 per cent of adults), and this number continues to grow. This is also the highest of any country in Europe, with just over 3 per cent of adults in France using vape products.

This growth of e-cig products in the UK is most likely down to the clear health benefits of vaping over smoking, which many public health groups have highlighted. For example, a recent study by the University College London found that switching to e-cigs is far safer and less toxic than smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes.

“The UK has one of the most progressive regulatory environments for e-cigarettes and that’s reflected in consumer uptake and category growth,” said Kingsley Wheaton, managing director for Next Generation Products, at British American Tobacco.

“The UK government has created an environment which enables consumers to be informed about the products, have access to them and allows manufacturers to innovate and provide quality vaping products,” he added.

The e-cig market in the UK is estimated at £6.1bn, which could reach £12bn by the end of 2020.

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