Reports and Articles
Willamette Week: March 19, 2014
The e-cigarette market is growing like wildfire, leaving health officials in a haze.
Located at Southeast 36th Avenue and Division Street, the store is one of 12 Portland retail shops dedicated to the sale of e-liquids, e-cigarettes and all types of “vaping” paraphernalia used with electronic cigarettes. Although proponents say the vapor quickly dissipates, the most noticeable thing about “vape shops” is that they are filled with a haze.
At Division Vapor, five stools, filled with vaping customers, line an L-shaped glass counter containing cylindrical devices that resemble oversized cigarettes or steampunk cigars. Hundreds of miniature bottles, filled with various flavors and essences, line the walls. All contain at least one active ingredient: nicotine.
E-Cigarettes, by Other Names, Lure Young and Worry Experts
The New York Times: March 4, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — Olivia Zacks, 17, recently took a drag of peach-flavored vapor from a device that most people would call an e-cigarette.
But Ms. Zacks, a high school senior, does not call it that. In fact, she insists she has never even tried an e-cigarette. Like many teenagers, Ms. Zacks calls such products “hookah pens” or “e-hookahs” or “vape pipes.”
These devices are part of a subgenre of the fast-growing e-cigarette market and are being shrewdly marketed to avoid the stigma associated with cigarettes of any kind. The products, which are exploding in popularity, come in a rainbow of colors and candy-sweet flavors but, beneath the surface, they are often virtually identical to e-cigarettes, right down to their addictive nicotine and unregulated swirl of other chemicals.
Big Tobacco Investment in Oregon Legislators Pays off in 2014 Session
A look at campaign finances shows Altria Client Services, the parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris, unloaded $85,500 on the Oregon Legislature in the months before the 2013 session, including big donations to Senate President Peter Courtney and Sen. Betsy Johnson, the conservative Democrat from Scappoose. Johnson joined fellow tobacco-supported politicians such as Sen. Jackie Winters to kill a bill that would have cost Philip Morris millions.
States Urge Retail Giants With Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
The New York Times: March 16, 2014
More than two dozen attorneys general sent letters on Sunday to five of the country’s largest retailers, encouraging them to stop selling tobacco products in stores that also have pharmacies, which would follow the example CVS Caremark set with its announcement earlier this year that it would stop selling such products in its drugstores.
The letters were sent to Rite Aid, Walgreen, Kroger, Safeway and Walmart, five companies that are among the biggest pharmacy retailers in the country.
“There is a contradiction in having these dangerous and devastating tobacco products on the shelves of a retail chain that services health care needs,” the letters said. Stopping the sale of tobacco products, they continued, “would effectively bring us full circle, back from the time when a tobacco manufacturer could advertise that “more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette” to a time when cigarettes simply cannot be purchased from a business that sells products prescribed by doctors.
Transitions in Smoking Behavior during Emerging Adulthood: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Effect of Home Smoking Bans.
American Journal of Public Health (Epub ahead of print, Feb 13, 2014).
Home smoking bans protect family members from exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce initiation and escalation of smoking behavior among young adults.