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1. A new study adds another layer to the debate about e-cigarettes and vaping. Though the government has determined in advance they must be harmful and a gateway to cigarettes, a survey finds it is just the opposite.

Teens who have used them go for the flavor instead. With no nicotine as an addictive component, there is no addiction. With no addiction, it is a harmless pastime, like a pipe or a cigar. The findings call into question the designation of e-cigarettes as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and suggest that the recent spike in the popularity of e-cigarettes among this age group doesn't signal a 'nicotine...

As part of a plan announced last July, FDA has gone after 40 retailers who have violated rules on sales of vaping products to kids.

As part of a new Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, on April 6th they began a large-scale, undercover nationwide blitz to crack down on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors at both brick-and-mortar and online retailers. The blitz has resulted in 40 warning letters being sent to those companies. These are not just pop-up stores or individual operations, they have caught 7-Eleven...

After cracking down on deceptive marketing by some nicotine liquid companies last week, the FDA has gone after the most egregious violators of common sense, who are clearly targeting children. To name and shame the bad actors who are doing a great harm to legitimate harm reduction and smoking cessation efforts, they are listed below. One snippet of a warning letter is also included below.

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There is good news and bad news from the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The bad news is that teenagers are still smoking and 3.9 million of them are current tobacco users (having a tobacco product in the past 30 days) - a number made even more upsetting by the fact that nine out of ten cigarette smokers first try smoking by age 18. As we have long said, smoking is a pediatric disease and if we can end it in kids, few adults will take it up.

The good news is that that use dropped from 4.7 million in 2015.

The usage of most products decreased to some extent but there was a significant decrease in the usage of vaping products...

Vaping, NOT SmokingToday s New York Times has an op-ed entitled, The Case for Tolerating E-Cigarettes, written by two faculty members in the department of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York. Drs. Amy Fairchild and James Colgrove present an excellent overview of the science (and castigate some of the non-science) surrounding the subject, and come out on the side of acknowledging the vast potential for benefit in this...

She Loves to VapeIn her Personal Health column in the New York Times, Jane Brody tackles perhaps the greatest problem facing public health professionals today how to get smokers to quit, or prevent non-smokers from ever starting. She does a thorough job of reviewing the stance of Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC (and the former head New York City health...

Vaping, NOT SmokingEverywhere you read a news article these days, it seems like some politician or health expert is regaling smokers against using e-cigarettes as cessation aids. They are warned about lack of FDA regulation, addictive nicotine, kid-friendly flavors, liability towards explosions (OK, that s rarely discussed, but it has been noted very infrequently), and of course the ever-popular, we just don t know what health effects may occur down the road.

So it was good to see some commonsense reporting of a new survey published...

VaporA new research letter in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the aerosol produced by a tank system electronic cigarette. The aerosol was collected and analyzed for formaldehyde. Two voltage settings were used: low (3.3V) and high (5.0V).

The main findings were that at low voltage, no formaldehyde was detected, but at high voltage, "high" levels of formaldehyde were detected.

Using these levels, the authors from Portland State University in Oregon extrapolate an overall lifetime cancer risk from vaping, which they claim is...

katherine heigl e-cigLast week, the California Senate passed a proposed bill, SB648, by a 21-10 vote, banning the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) anywhere that smoking (of regular tobacco cigarettes) is banned. In essence, if the Assembly joins in and the measure becomes law, in our largest state e-cigs would be treated as equivalent to cigarettes for all practical purposes.

The bill s...

ByeBye cigs, Hello e-cigsAnother day, another fraud perpetrated by our public health leaders at the CDC. Their latest report, Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students United States, 2011 2014, was released to much hype yesterday, the main news hook was the spectacular increase in teen vaping, approximately a three-fold increase over the survey period. They buried the lead, however, forgetting somehow to take note of the fact that teen smoking rates continue to test historic declines.

Here is the lead...