A Berkeley professor is using a common-sense approach to underscore the benefits of vaping as well as to encourage vaping as a smoking cessation tool.
Professor Stephen D. Sugarman, who is the Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, recently wrote an op-ed piece for RegBlog. The opinion, which you can read in full here, covers the whole issue of vaping, from highlighting the difference between smoking and vaping to measures that the US government can take to introduce vaping as a smoking cessation tool.
It is an interesting read for smokers, vapers, and advocates on both sides of the issue.
Read the full article here at http://www.churnmag.com/news/berkeley-professor-uses-common-sense-back-vaping/
Every few months, a new study about the effects of smoking e-cigarettes concludes the opposite of whatever came before it. It’s a cycle that started when the popularity for the cigarette alternatives exploded a few years ago and has led to a lot of confusion over whether vaping is bad for your health.
We have, over the decades, mostly come to a consensus on the dangers of smoking combustible cigarettes—a conclusion founded on countless long-term studies. Until now, e-cigarette studies have simply either analyzed the product or investigated the effects on animal and cell models.
A new study funded by Cancer Research UK is the first to explore the effects of e-cigarettes by looking at long-term human body-level exposure. The results are promising.
Each time an e-cigarette explodes, the information is the object of alarmist reports in the tabloid press and the source of concern for the general public and especially for users. This creates a litigious climate around vaping that serves the cause of anti-vaping communities. Let’s clarify the risk and see what can be done for more safety.
Read the full article here at http://www.vapingpost.com/2016/11/30/exploding-ecigs-what-you-need-to-know/
The Centre for Substance Use Research, (CSUR), has conducted a study by interviewing 100 non-smokers of ages that vary between 16 and 29, which found that contrary to many claims to the opposite, youths are very well able to differentiate between electronic cigarettes and their combustible counterparts, and that exposure to one did not in any way increase their interest in the other.
Read the full article here at http://www.vapingpost.com/2016/12/22/another-study-finds-no-link-between-e-cig-use-and-an-inclination-to-smoke/
E-cigarette vapour does not damage DNA, even at doses 28 times that of equivalent smoke exposure.
Scientists at British American Tobacco used lab-based cellular tests to examine the impact of cigarette smoke and Vype e-cigarette vapour on human lung cells.
The most serious kind of DNA damage is double-strand break, which effectively means that both strands of the DNA molecule have been broken. This is a possible precursor to cancer and potentially lethal to the cell.
‘We have been able to show that there is significant DNA damage in human lung cells exposed to smoke, but that this is not case with e-cigarette vapour,’ explains Dr James Murphy, Head of Risk Substantiation at British American Tobacco. ‘These findings add to evidence on the likely reduced risks of vaping, compared to smoking,’ he said.
Read the full article here at http://www.news-medical.net/news/20161216/Lab-based-cellular-tests-reveal-that-e-cigarette-vapour-does-not-induce-DNA-damage.aspx
While the FDA is continuing with its plan to place vaping under the same regulations as tobacco, some small business owners and activists are calling for a compromise.
One of these activists, Ron Marshall, wrote an editorial for the Great Falls Tribune, a newspaper that is located in the state of Montana. Marshall is a former smoker and a vape shop owner who has two stores, located in Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana. He is also an outspoken critic of the deeming regulations.
Marshall spoke about the effects that these FDA regulations, which we have written extensively about in the past, will have on vape shops and, more importantly, their customers. He stated that should the FDA continue with its plan to enforce Pre-Market Tobacco Applications, or PTMAs, on all vape products, the industry would collapse.
Read the full article at: http://www.churnmag.com/news/fda-regulations-must-be-corrected-to-save-vaping/
Vaping vendors across California are bracing for a first-time state tax on electronic cigarettes following the passage of a ballot hiking tobacco taxes.
The initiative could hit the vaping industry with a 67 percent penalty on the purchase of liquid nicotine. The tax is part of Proposition 56, which passed with 63 percent support and will raise the tax on tobacco products in the state from 87 cents to $2.87, along with bringing e-cigarettes under the umbrella.
It is quite a reversal for an invention once billed as the biggest chance to end smoking as we know it and take aim at the country’s largest cause of preventable death. Use of the devices is slumping because they are not as good as cigarettes at giving a hit of nicotine. Dealing another strike against them, the country’s top public health authorities have sent an unwavering message: Vaping is dangerous.
The warning is meant to stop people who have never smoked — particularly children — from starting to vape. But a growing number of scientists and policy makers say the relentless portrayal of e-cigarettes as a public health menace, however well intentioned, is a profound disservice to the 40 million American smokers who could benefit from the devices. Smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans a year.
“We may well have missed, or are missing, the greatest opportunity in a century,” said David B. Abrams, senior scientist at the Truth Initiative, an antismoking group. “The unintended consequence is more lives are going to be lost.”
This century, The World Health Organization estimates that one billion people will die early from smoking cigarettes. Despite governments spending billions of dollars on tobacco control, and decades of programs designed to help smokers quit, the number of cigarette smokers worldwide continues to increase.
But there is hope. Vapor technology found in e-cigarettes offers smokers their best chance to quit by using products that are at least 95 percent saferthan cigarettes. Vapor technology does not require burning tobacco, so it can deliver nicotine—the chemical that makes cigarettes addictive—without the tar or 40 other carcinogens found in cigarette smoke. When it comes to harm reduction, vaping is a clear positive step forward. As the saying goes, “nicotine addicts, tar kills .”
Despite its health benefits, vaping faces strong opposition from the government and a variety of special interests. A Billion Lives, a new documentary that hits theaters worldwide on October 26th, is an in-depth response to Senator Ed Markey’s claim that “today’s electronic cigarettes are no better than the Joe Camels of the past.”
In what follows, the film’s director Aaron Biebert exposes the special interests that will stop at nothing to ban the best hope for smokers who want to quit their deadly habit.