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Are Vaping and E-Cigs Really so Bad for You?

EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury) isn’t the first controversy to hit vaping and e-cigarettes — they’ve been the source of controversy for years. JUUL Labs, the country’s largest e-cig manufacturer, has come under federal investigation for its sales and marketing practices – particularly to young people. The National Youth Tobacco…

FDA Looking Into New Concern With E-Cigs: Seizures

The FDA is investigating a new concern with e-cigarettes: Seizures following usage, especially among youths and young adults. The FDA says a review of voluntarily submitted adverse events reports to the agency found 35 cases of seizures after e-cig use between 2010 and earlier this year. The actual number of…

Could the FDA Be Doing More to Curb Teen E-Cig, Vaping Use?

One of the FDA’s biggest campaigns last year was to stem the dramatic rise in teen e-cigarette and vaping use. The agency has previously called on e-cig and vaping manufacturers to come up with plans to curb marketing to teens. Apparently, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb isn’t happy with the progress…

Quick Hits: FDA Raids E-Cig Manufacturer, Asthma Drugs’ Side Effects & More

The FDA conducted a surprise inspection of JUUL Labs as part of the agency’s effort to gain more information on the e-cigarette company’s sales and marketing practices. The FDA reportedly seized more than 1,000 documents. The action comes just weeks after the FDA ordered JUUL and four other manufacturers to…

Quick Hits: E-Cigs and Heart Attacks, Influencing Doctor Prescribing & More

Using e-cigarettes daily can significantly increase a person’s risk of having a heart attack. Researchers analyzed responses from almost 70,000 people that took part in the National Health Interview Survey. About 3.6% of current and former e-cigarette users reported having a heart attack, and 6.1% of those who used an…

Are E-Cigs Effective As a Smoking Cessation Tool?

Although some argue that e-cigarettes may help people quit smoking or have less harmful consequences than traditional cigarettes, a new study found that many e-cigarette users also use regular cigarettes, undermining the argument that e-cigs are a smoking cessation tool. The study also found that respiratory symptoms were most common…

‘Juice Box’ E-Cig Liquids Draw Ire of Federal Regulators

The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission are cracking down on manufacturers selling e-liquids used in e-cigarettes because some are allegedly packaging them to resemble kid-friendly food products such as juice boxes, candy or cookies and are using cartoon-like imagery. Federal regulators issued 13 warning letters to the companies, advising…

Groups Sue FDA for Delaying E-Cig Regulations

Health organizations are suing the FDA for postponing regulations for electronic cigarettes and cigars. The lawsuit comes after the FDA approved deadline extensions last summer for manufacturers seeking FDA approval for their products. Drugmakers were previously instructed to send in product-review applications by August 2018 for any product that was…

Teens Who Vape More Likely to Smoke Cigarettes

In yet another indication of the dangers of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, teens who extensively engage in the habit are much more likely to also smoke tobacco cigarettes. About 37% of teenagers have tried vaping at least once, according to recent surveys. A new study examined surveys on 10th-grade…

FDA Needs to Go Further in Curbing E-Cig Use by Teens

The FDA has new powers to regulate e-cigarettes. It should use them to restrict vaping advertising and ban flavored liquids that appeal to teens. In early August, the FDA began doing something that was years in the making: It finally started to regulate e-cigarettes in a similar fashion to traditional…

Are E-Cigarettes Really Safer Than Traditional Cigarettes?

Some argue that e-cigarettes are a “safer” alternative to tobacco cigarettes and can even be used as a way to quit smoking, but are they right? On Monday, the FDA finally began regulating the sale of electronic cigarettes, which have been growing wildly in popularity, particularly among young people. The…

New FDA Regulations on E-Cigarettes Targeting Minors in Effect

In an effort targeted at minors, new FDA regulations on e-cigarettes go into effect today, including banning the sale of the products to people under the age of 18 and asking for ID for anyone that looks under the age of 27. In essence, the new regulations bring e-cigarettes, as…

Finally! FDA Approves Rule to Regulate E-Cigarettes

On the heels of a report issued last month by the CDC that e-cigarette use among teens has skyrocketed, the FDA has finally moved to regulate them in the same way traditional cigarettes are. This means e-cigarettes are not permitted to be sold to anyone under the age of 18…

5 Tips for Vaping Safety

1. Buy good quality juice Pre-packed juice from a large, US company is probably safe and probably contains what it says it does, but do you know what that stuff is? Your local vape store that specializes in hand mixing e-liquids is also probably safe. Here’s an article about a Juicemaster General who…

E-cigarette flavorings linked with lung disease

Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health tested 51 types of flavored e-cigarettes and refill liquids that they considered appealing to young users. Diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease, was found in more than 75% of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids. Via…

Teens using e-cigs much more likely to start smoking cigarettes

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center analyzed data from a national sample of nearly 700 nonsmokers who were between ages 16 and 26 in 2012, and again in 2013. Only 16 of the participants used…

E-Cigs Have 10x More Cancer Causing Ingredients Than Regular Cigarettes

Research commissioned by the Japanese Ministry of Health found that e-cigarettes contain 10 times the level of cancer-causing carcinogens than regular cigarettes. Researchers also learned that e-cigarettes can fuel potentially life-threatening drug-resistant pathogens. Via Raw For Beauty. Posted December 20, 2014. –Alanna McCatty

High-Voltage Vaping May Expose Users to Formaldehyde

According to David H. Peyton, PhD, of Portland State University in Oregon, and colleagues, more than 2% of solvent molecules in aerosol samples produced by “vaping” e-cigarettes degraded into formaldehyde. While it’s not nearly as noxious as tobacco smoke, it’s not far-fetched to speculate that long-term e-cigarette use might pose…

Will The FDA Kill Off E-Cigs? That’s Not the Question

“Will the FDA Kill Off E-Cigs?” the New York Times provocatively asked in an Op-Ed piece by Sally Satel. Ms. Satel is a resident scholar at American Enterprise Institute, a think tank focusing on what are generally considered conservative issues including limited government and competitive private enterprise, Ms. Satel points out that…

Cancer groups urge health officials to be tougher on e-cigarettes

The American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society for Clinical Oncology have urged the Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes in the same manner as combustible cigarettes due to insufficient evidence on benefits and harms of e-cigarettes. Via Los Angeles Times. Posted January 12, 2015.–Alanna McCatty

E-Cigarettes Now On FDA’s Radar

Eight years have elapsed since the introduction of electronic cigarettes, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is just beginning to hold meetings to discuss how these devices are made and the potency of their ingredients. Why now? Because e-cigarettes have attained a meaningful, and growing, toehold in the nicotine…

E-Cigs Hazy Truths

Are e-cigarettes a godsend saving millions from lung cancer or the latest way for evil cigarette companies to hook a new generation on candy flavored nicotine products? Depending on your perspective, the answer is yes. New studies are published weekly supporting and denigrating e-cigs. Unfortunately before they are even published, these…

Pros and Cons of E-Cigarettes

The alternative cigarettes are analyzed on their harmful and helpful effects Originally a Chinese invention, e-cigarettes hit the U.S. market in 2006, and sales of the tobacco-less cigarettes have skyrocketed. An estimated 3.6 million Americans are e-cigarette users, and online and retails sales of e-cigarettes are expected to reach $1.7 billion…

Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

The healthy alternative to smoking? E-Cigarettes the good, the bad, and the nicotine Lindsay Fox, a 34-year-old writer/blogger in Irvine, California, began smoking at age 27 as a way to reduce stress. Soon Lindsay was smoking 15 to 20 cigarettes a day, a habit she continued for five years. But…

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