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Lee Memorial: Use of e-cig devices may come with risks

21/05/2014 Sunil Pammi,M.D/news-press.com

Costing more than $96 billion per year in health care expenses and claiming more than 1,200 lives each and every day, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

It's no surprise vaping is growing as an alternative.

E-cigs are battery-powered devices that turn nicotine into a vapor that is smoked by the user. By providing the look, feel and inhaling experience of an actual cigarette — at a fraction of the cost — smokers don't feel like they're giving up anything but the risk for cancer. However, according to the CDC, cigarette smoking has not declined correspondingly with the rise of e-cig use. This could mean that vaping is not helping people to quit, but rather serving as a substitute when they're not allowed to light up.

Just because e-cigs have not been proven to be as harmful as conventional cigarettes does not mean they come without risks. Currently, there is no regulation on the e-cig industry. As the craze grows, so do concerns about its impact on our health.

Due to a lack of regulation, there is no guarantee ...

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... these products are safe let alone effective. The FDA conducted limited studies and found significant quality issues. Some cartridges labeled no nicotine actually contained nicotine and some with identical labels emitted different amounts of nicotine when vaped. Some varieties can also be contaminated with toxic chemicals. Even if vaping products contain ingredients known to be safe for consumption does that make them safe for inhaling?

Touting sweet flavors like bubble gum and cotton candy, e-cigs are advertised on TV, the Internet, and in magazines and sold over-the-counter, enticing young users and raising concerns that vaping may lead kids to try other tobacco products. According to the CDC, e-cigarette experimentation and recent use doubled among U.S. middle and high school students during 2011–2012. This is a serious concern because the overall impact of vaping on public health remains uncertain. Regulation would prohibit sales to minors and marketing targeted toward this demographic.

Regulation is also being pushed to the forefront due to a sharp increase in nicotine poisonings associated with vaping products. The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cig liquid nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study. The CDC believes the number of cases is likely even higher since not every incident is reported.

In a concentrated liquid form, nicotine (which is considered a drug) can be toxic, even in small doses. Poisonings are possible through ingestion, inhalation and absorption into the skin or eyes. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, eye irritation, and possibly death.

Children are easily enticed by the sweet candy-like smells of these products, which are not childproof.

More than half (51.1 percent) of the e-cig related poisoning calls involved children under 5, and about 42 percent involved people over 20. Adults tend to come in contact with the nicotine while filling vaping devices, and can feel ill within four to five minutes.

The FDA recently extended its authority to study and regulate e-cigarettes which will help establish safety guidelines the industry will have to comply with. The FDA is looking to determine if e-cig products are safe; if they can aid in efforts to quit smoking; and to prohibit advertising and sales to minors. The FDA website offers users the opportunity to report any adverse events related to e-cigarettes or to leave comments for review.

When it comes to your health, it's better to be safe than sorry and use an FDA approved method for quitting. Free help is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or by visiting smokefree.gov4.

Make Maharashtra state schools tobacco-free. Sign the petition

20/05/2014 Salaam Bombay Foundation,

Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:


Here's why it's important:

For the past 12 years, while working towards creating a tobacco-free environment for a safer and a healthier future for more than ten millionchildren across Maharashtra through our different programs, we have identified that it is the ease of access to tobacco-based products which leads to a child trying a tobacco-based product for the first time every 16 seconds (Patel, 1999; Rudman, 2000) and 5,500 youth under the age of 15 trying tobacco for the first time every day (Patel, 1999; Rudman, 2000) and we are certain that the number has surged further.

Whereas the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 – Government of India (also known as COTPA, 2003) clearly prohibits activities like selling and/or advertising of ...

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... tobacco-based products within 100 yards of an educational institution.

The children have been striving to accomplish the goal of making their school a tobacco-free environment. And it is these ten million voices who are asking for a better, safer and healthier learning ecosystems and hence their ‘Right to tobacco free schools’.

As Nelson Mandela puts it, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – we firmly believe that is only one right way of using this tool – by keeping educational institutions which shape young minds and our future leaders a tobacco-free environment.

So, this World No Tobacco Day – 31st May, 2014, let us help these children realize their dream of a tobacco free school.

You can sign our petition by clicking here

Also, it would be great if you can help us spread the word using email, Facebook and Twitter.

You can also use the popular messaging service WhatsApp to do the same, using the following message:

"Every 16 seconds a child tries tobacco for the first time; every day 5,500 youth under the age of 15 fall prey to it too - and we all know what it leads to. There is just one thing that can change these numbers: YOU. Yes, you. By clicking on this link and signing the petition for 'Right to tobacco free schools' you will ensure that a child can create a better future for her/himself: http://chn.ge/1suyg1L ."

Thanks and regards,

Salaam Bombay Foundation,


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