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September Gently Falls Into Autumn, But Ecig Momentum Stirs Up the Season as Vapor Wars Battle On
Sept 5, 2015
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) made headline news when they announced test results performed on e-cigarettes. The CEH claimed to have found “cancer-causing chemicals” formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in e-cigarette vapor.
The story was widely publicized by the media and was cause for great concern amongst health professionals and those wondering whether e-cigarettes were, in fact as dangerous as smoking tobacco cigarettes.
When the study was reviewed by scientists, including Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos (scientific consultant for the FDA and other world health organizations), questions arose as to the study’s validity.
According to Dr. Farsalinos,
They do not mention a single sentence on how they performed the testing, they do not mention how ‘realistic conditions of use’ were defined and they do not mention a single number (amounts of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde found) or how they made the calculations.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), formaldehyde emissions from e-cigarettes are not different from levels found in the environment.
Editor’s Note: Fueled by the hype and controversy over the presence of “dangerous emissions” in ecigs, the ecig industry is quickly responding. We are now seeing advanced vaporizers with automatic Temperature Controls (TC) that prevent overheating of vaporizer coils and dry hits.
Sept 8th, 2015
Reaction to New Study on E-Cigarette Use by Adolescents
A study published in the Journal of Chromatography shows that second-hand vapor (e-cigarette aerosol) contains less volatile compounds than normal exhaled breath.
156 compounds were measured including indoor air, normal exhaled breath, smoke of tobacco cigarettes, exhaled breath of smokers after taking cigarette puffs, e-cigarette aerosol and exhaled breath of vapers after taking e-cigarette puffs.
The results of the study showed that indoor air and normal exhaled breath contains more VOCs volatile compounds than the e-cigarette aerosol.
Of note is that Isoprene, which is listed as a carcinogenic compound in California Proposition 65 is present ONLY in normal exhaled breath, but not in e-cigarette aerosol.
Source: Reaction to new study
Editor’s Note: Those exposed to e-cigarette vapors can breath easier, as the report concluded that the amount of nicotine (specifically) caused by ecig use in the environment is so low that it does not have any effect, let alone an adverse biological effect.
Sept 8th, 2015
California Lawsuit Alleges Cancer Risk in Vuse Electronic Cigarette
Plaintiff Jerod Harris filed a lawsuit on Sept. 8th, 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claiming R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. is violating California law by failing to include a potential carcinogen risk, particularly exposure to formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, in its marketing and labels.
The lawsuit was filed despite the fact that there is no definitive e-cigarette health study accepted by the industry, regulators, analysts and advocates. Harris’ attorneys acknowledge that “to date, e-cigarettes are not required to receive pre-market approval of any kind.”
Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said
Under international toxicology standards, exposure to trace levels of formaldehyde in products, such as medicines, is perfectly acceptable.…California’s anti-chemical regulators have set their threshold far lower that the science justifies.
Editor’s Note: Greg Conley is well worth following on Twitter @GregTHR
Sept 11th, 2015
The Irish Department of Health has Ruled on Several Issues Regarding Electronic Cigarette Use and Sales.
The department will not extend the public smoking ban to include e-cigarettes and vaping devices. The reason cited was because the evidence of the harm caused by e-cigarettes was not strong enough.
Smoking bans will; however, be up to individual premises and business owners.
Other regulations passed by the Irish Department of Heath will include limitations on nicotine strength and a cap of 10ml on e-liquid bottle size.
All product contents will have to be listed and new products will have to be submitted to the authorities six months in advance of the launch.
The new regulations will come into force in May 2016.
Source: Irish Ban on Ecigarettes
Sept 15th, 2015
In the UK, the war against e-cigarettes escalated when Public Health England responded to the British Medical Journal, The Lancet’s attack on their stance on e-cigarette safety.
Last month, PHE, after reviewing evidence, concluded that electronic cigarettes were about 95% safer than tobacco. The Lancet then accused PHE of submitting inconclusive evidence.
The heated argument escalated when PHE accused the Lancet’s criticisms, saying they distorted PHE’s solid evidence and that their attack was based on “perceived flaws in [only] 1 of the 185 references used, ignoring the rest of the 111 page document.”
PHE maintains its unprecedented stance by a public health agency, believing e-cigarettes help people quit smoking.
According to health care experts who support e-cigs for tobacco harm reduction, the distortion of science is sending a new message to smokers – that it's safer to keep smoking than switch to electronic cigarettes..
Ecigarette advocates continue to support Public Health England's duty to challenge the fabricated perceptions of health risks in e-cigarettes.
Source: British Medical Journal
Editor’s Note: We are also observing that human health is taking a back seat to political posturing not only within the news media, but as e-cigarette regulations near, within scientific publications as well.
Sept 23rd, 2015
Former US Surgeon General Says Ecig Hysteria is Hazardous to Your Health
The New York Post published an article by former US Surgeon General, Dr.Richard Carmona. The anti-tobacco advocate boldly cut through the controversy over e-cigarette safety by supporting Public Health England’s position that ecigarettes are about 95% safer than tobacco. PHE is the first public body to declare its support for e-cigarettes.
Dr. Carmoa says, his mission is to “accelerate the historic obsolescence of traditional smoking with rapidly advancing cleaner new technologies.”
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