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Why it’s important to keep e-liquid away from minors

A warning has been issued to keep minors away from e-cigarettes after a nine-year-old girl from Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada drank e-liquid she found in her school’s playground.

The e-liquid, which was labeled as ‘Unicorn Milk, was tasted by the girl and a few of her friends and was contained inside packaging decorated with a brightly colored unicorn.

The mother of the girl, Lea L’Hoir, said that her daughter started complaining about nausea, chest cramps, and dizziness shortly after tasting the e-liquid.

Shortly after, she took her daughter to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with nicotine poisoning and released later that night.

Although there was a small poison symbol on the side of the container, L’Hoir stressed that the packaging should have been clearer.

Anthony Knight, CEO of the New Brunswick Medical Society, said it’s troubling that e-vaping products might be designed and marketed to appeal to young people.

“That speaks to a need for tougher regulation and tougher oversight around how these products are marketed and that oversight rests with the government,” he said.

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Tobacconist hopes inquiry into e-cigs will align Australia with other countries

Should Australia follow other countries and legalize the sale of nicotine for e-cigarettes? One tobacconist thinks so.

Franchise owner of an e-cigarette stockist, Naeem Ismail is hoping an inquiry into the devices will align Australia with the rest of the world when it comes to legalizing the sale of nicotine products.

“People are looking for an alternative to smoking for health benefits and to save money,” he said.

“Not only are e-cigarettes a cheaper alternative, they are slightly healthier and help people eventually wean off smoking.”

The said inquiry was raised by the Australian Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee and will look into the use of e-cigarettes in Australia.

Currently e-cigarettes containing nicotine are not uniformly available for commercial sale in Australia, but the inquiry hopes to change this as it investigates the health impacts of e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers, as well as their marketing and use as an aid for people attempting to quit smoking.

Mr Ismail argues that one of the main reasons he is in favor of the inquiry is due to the number of customers who had successfully quit smoking by using e-cigarettes.

“It’s that habit of having a cigarette in hand that is hard to break but your brain is also telling you that you need nicotine. People are training their brains to do the action without getting the nicotine hit,” he said.

“As much as it is requested, e-juice with nicotine is unfortunately banned in Australia.

“If the government is serious about getting people to quit smoking there needs to be an alternative method.

“Overseas, people can cut down their nicotine from 12mg to 6mg to 4mg and wean themselves off. We don’t have that option here.”

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University Of Dundee E-Cig Research Project Underway

Researchers at the University of Dundee in the UK are asking smokers for help with a research project which looks into the effects of e-cigs and vaping.

The study, which is funded by the British Heart Foundation, is looking to recruit 135 volunteers over the age of 18 who have been smokers for two years or longer.

Dr. Jacob George from the University is leading the study. “This is a vital question we need to answer – what actually are the effects of e-cigarettes?” he said.

“There is little scientific evidence which really shows the benefits or otherwise of using e-cigarettes as opposed to tobacco.

“We want to test the effects of e-cigarettes, with and without nicotine, on the blood vessels — a key health indicator — and compare them to tobacco cigarettes.

“To do that we really need the help of people who smoke, not only those who may be thinking of stopping or switching to e-cigarettes but also smokers who don’t want give up but want to be involved.

“They can really help us without too much time required on their part, so I would appeal to all smokers to get involved and make a real difference.”

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USA cracks down on e-cigs, despite evidence showing their health benefits

The United States is continuing to crack down on rules governing e-cigs, but one drug abuse researcher, Dr. Carrie Wade, says US lawmakers need to realize that vaping is a huge help in the fight to stop smoking.

“As a harm-reduction tool, e-cigarettes should be available, even promoted, to current smokers as an alternative to traditional cigarettes,” said Wade.

“History has proven that abstinence approaches do not work: Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates did not decline in states that emphasized an abstinence-only sex education curriculum and criminalization of heroin use did not stop overdose deaths,” she added.

FDA figures estimate cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the US.

But this figure is now likely to be much lower in the UK, with research showing that for the first time in this European country, more than half of the country’s vapers have given up smoking tobacco since using e-cigs.

“This year’s ASH survey finds that around 1.5 million vapers are ex-smokers, for the first time a larger number than those who continue to smoke,” said Professor Ann McNeill, Professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London.

“This is encouraging news as we know that vapers who continue to smoke continue to be exposed to cancer-causing substances. The message for the 1.3 million vapers who still smoke is that they need to go further and switch completely,” she said.

“It’s very important smokers realize that vaping is much, much less harmful than smoking,” added Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of public health charity ASH

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Is it allowed for non-smokers to buy e-cigarettes?

Approximately 2.8 million adults in Britain currently use e-cigarettes, but an undercover investigation has highlighted that this figure is likely to include more than just ex-smokers.

Almost nine in 10 of Britain’s vape shops are willing to sell e-cigarettes to non-smokers, and although this is not against the law, it is against the voluntary code of conduct, which states that vape shops should not knowingly sell vape products to anyone who does not or has not smoked before.

Investigating 100 of an estimated 1,700 vape shops in the UK, 87% were found to be either knowingly or unwittingly prepared to sell e-cigarettes to people who have never smoked or vaped.

Approximately 50% of vape stores did not ask customers if they had smoked before, and around 75% of those that did still encouraged non-smokers to start vaping.

Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) chief executive Shirley Cramer said e-cigarettes must be seen as “evidence-based quitting aids – rather than lifestyle products” and should be aimed at smokers.

“We applaud the IBVTA (Independent British Vape Trade Association) code of conduct, which is in line with this principle,” she added.

“However, as our investigation shows, the majority of vape shops in the UK are not adhering to these important standards. We are keen to support the sector to strengthen their codes of best practice, and for individual retailers to sign up and ultimately adhere to them.”

Richard Hyslop, chief executive of the Independent British Vape Trade Association, said: “Vape products should not be marketed to non-smokers or those under the age of 18.

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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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