Tobacco- June 19, 2015

Reports and Articles

New e-cigarette laws. File photo dated 24/10/14 of a man smoking an electronic cigarette, as electronic cigarettes would be banned from bars, restaurants and workplaces and made illegal for under-18s, under proposed new laws in Ireland. Issue date: Friday January 30, 2015. Like any other tobacco product, they would also be subject to bans on advertising and sponsorship, under the plan. See PA story IRISH ECigarettes. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire URN:22094298

New e-cigarette laws. File photo dated 24/10/14 of a man smoking an electronic cigarette, as electronic cigarettes would be banned from bars, restaurants and workplaces and made illegal for under-18s, under proposed new laws in Ireland. Issue date: Friday January 30, 2015. Like any other tobacco product, they would also be subject to bans on advertising and sponsorship, under the plan. See PA story IRISH ECigarettes. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire URN:22094298

Oregon Law sees ‘vaping’ same as smoking
Statesman Journal
Oregon has begun regulating electronic cigarettes in ways similar to tobacco cigarettes, banning sales to minors and the use of the devices in indoor public spaces and workplaces.

But some people who use e-cigarettes say the new law, signed by Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday, is an overreach.

E-cigarettes and the liquids they vaporize are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and their long-term health effects are unknown — as are the often unlisted ingredients of the liquids, or “e-juice.” Unlike combustible cigarettes, there’s no burning in e-cigarettes. Instead, a coil inside the device heats up the e-juice, turning it into cloud-like vapor.

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One in 10 Americans Now Vape but Most Also Use Regular Tobacco Products
Time: June 10, 2015
Three out of four of e-cigarette users are now both vaping and smoking
E-cigarette use may be on the rise but isn’t helping Americans kick tobacco addictions, according to new research
A poll of 5,679 Americans conducted by Reuters found 75% of people who use electronic cigarettes or other vaporizing devices continue to also smoke traditional tobacco products. The poll indicates that this population of “vapers” is now up to roughly 10% of U.S. adults and 15% of U.S. adults under the age of 40. This number represents a significant rise from 2013, when the U.S. government estimated the figure to be about 2.6% of Americans. Almost 70% of this poll’s e-cigarette users claim to have started in the last year.

E-cigarette usage surges in past year: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Reuters: June 10, 2015
Significantly more Americans are using electronic-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices than a year ago, but most of those consumers are also smoking conventional cigarettes, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The findings support evidence that smokers are using both traditional tobacco products and e-cigarettes to deliver nicotine, rather than giving up traditional cigarettes altogether. Researchers are studying many questions about the potential benefits and dangers of e-cigarettes and U.S. health regulators are still working on their first set of rules governing the products.

Portland considers amendments to smoking ban in parks
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Though Portland’s citywide parks smoking ban has yet to begin, Commissioner Amanda Fritz already wants to change the consequences for would-be offenders.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1J0PXDz ) that the ban will include e-cigarettes and nicotine vaporizers, chewing tobacco, snuff — tobacco in any form and is set to begin July 1. Fritz is set to propose several amendments Wednesday that would remove the possibility of a misdemeanor fine or park exclusion.

Fritz is proposing an amendment that instead only requires smokers to leave the park for the rest of the day. Enforcement would fall on park rangers, not police.

Parks officials budgeted $9,500 for signs and decals in city parks on the new rules. According to a bureau spokesman, the city will start installing them in July.

Indoor Clean Air Act will affect vape shops, e-cigarettes
ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Indoor Clean Air Act has recently been expanded to include the use of inhalant delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes.
We visited with local vape shops to see how it affects them.

Although Smoking Has Declined, Its Consequences Continue, Study Finds
The Lund Report
According to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, almost half of the 346,000 deaths from 12 different types of cancers in individuals 35 years of age or older in 2011 were attributable to smoking cigarettes.

Smoking has long been associated with increased risks of cancer, but a research team has now estimated the number of deaths from a wide variety of cancers that are linked to cigarette use.

According to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, almost half of the 346,000 deaths from 12 different types of cancers in individuals 35 years of age or older in 2011 were attributable to smoking cigarettes.

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Smoking levels across New York hit historic low, Cuomo says New York is ‘healthier than ever’ 
Daily News: June 8, 2015
ALBANY — New Yorkers are butting out.
Statewide smoking levels have dropped to a historic low, according to data released Monday by the state.
Over the past four years, smoking among high school students dropped 42%, with the rate now just 7.2%, the data show.
The adult smoking rate is now 14.5%.
The national average is 17.8%.
“With the lowest smoking rate in recorded history, it’s clear that New York State is becoming healthier than ever,” Gov. Cuomo said.
The statewide drop comes even as smoking has been on the rise in the city after years of decline.
The city’s rate was 16% in 2013, up from a low of 14% in 2010. The city stats showed more than 1 million in the city were smokers, the first time the number has hit seven figures since 2007.

If lawmakers nationwide raised the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21, the country could achieve a 12 percent decrease in smoking prevalence by year 2100, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine: Nation’s Health: http://images.burrellesluce.com/image/28229/28229_668

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