Tobacco- May 9, 2014

Reports and Articles 

ecigcarcinogens Some E-Cigarettes Deliver a Puff of Carcinogens
The New York Times: May 3, 2014
Electronic cigarettes appear to be safer than ordinary cigarettes for one simple — and simply obvious — reason: people don’t light up and smoke them.
With the e-cigarettes, there is no burning tobacco to produce myriad new chemicals, including some 60 carcinogens.
But new research suggests that, even without a match, some popular e-cigarettes get so hot that they, too, can produce a handful of the carcinogens found in cigarettes and at similar levels.
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Tobacco and candy flavored with same chemicals, PSU study finds
The Oregonian: May 7, 2014
A Portland State University study released Wednesday reveals that the flavorings in popular candy, Kool-Aid and some tobacco products are much the same.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at 12 artificially flavored types of candy and fruit drinks, including LifeSavers, Jolly Ranchers and Kool-Aid, and 15 common tobacco products, including cigarette-like cigars, cigarillos and cigars, all containing flavorings. What the PSU team discovered was that the same chemicals popped up in both sets of products.
“These tobacco products are flavored in the same way as candy and Kool-Aid,” said James Pankow, chemistry professor at PSU. “It’s no coincidence.”

FDA Deeming Regulations Released Last Week Fail to Safeguard Young People from Pervasive E-Cigarette Advertising
Legacy for Health: May 1, 2014
Washington, D.C. – A new report titled Vaporized: E-Cigarettes, Advertising, and Youth by Legacy, examines the recent rise of e-cigarette use among youth, and the entry of the major tobacco companies into the e-cigarette market. Legacy, the nation’s largest public health foundation devoted to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco, released the report today, amid growing concerns about the rising popularity of e-cigarettes among youth.
The report can be found here.

Users bemoan e-cigarette bans in NYC, Chicago
The Washington Post: April 28, 2014
NEW YORK — Laws in New York and Chicago making electronic cigarettes subject to the same regulations as tobacco are taking effect, and their sellers and users are steadfast in their opposition.
The New York ban — along with the measure in Chicago, one that previously went into effect in Los Angeles and federal regulations proposed last week — are keeping debate smoldering among public health officials, the e-cigarette industry and users.

Hookah Smoking and Harm Perception among Asthmatic Adolescents: Findings from the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey.
Journal of School Health: May 2014
Misperceptions of hookah smoking as being less harmful than cigarette smoking are prominent among high school students in Florida and are greater among students with asthma.

E-Cigarettes’ Effect on Cells Similar to That of Tobacco Smoke.
Nature/Scientific American
: Apr 9, 2014
Electronic cigarettes can change gene expression in a similar way to tobacco.

Multiple Tobacco Product Use among Adults in the United States: Cigarettes, Cigars, Electronic Cigarettes, Hookah, Smokeless Tobacco, and Snus.
Preventive Medicine: May 2014
Over 10% of U.S. adults use multiple tobacco products.

Influence of Point-of-Sale (POS) Tobacco Displays and Graphic Health Warning Signs on Adults: Evidence From a Virtual Store Experimental Study.
American Journal of Public Health: May 2014
These data show that POS tobacco displays influence purchase behavior.



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