Cigarette smoking at new low among youths, survey finds

A look at the evidence behind outdoor smoking bans

The numbers have also plunged for eighth-graders and high school seniors, hitting their lowest point since the surveys began. The change is just one of the findings in a vast new report on the well-being of American children, compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. The report draws together research from a host of government agencies and research groups, including smoking surveys from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Besides being less likely to smoke, U.S. children are also less likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke than in the past, the report showed. Danny McGoldrick, vice president for research for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, credited tobacco taxes, laws limiting where people can smoke and smoking prevention programs with reducing the numbers.
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UTSA scholars to study health effects of electronic cigarettes

The existing TPD does not cover nicotine containing products such as e-cigarettes, but their inclusion is now proposed in the scope of the revised Directive. Writing to Matthias Groote MEP, the e-cigarette users state that they are genuinely concerned that proposals to regulate e-cigarettes as a medicinal product and to ban flavourings will effectively constitute a ban on a product they use as an alternative to deadly tobacco cigarettes, an opinion supported by the European Parliament’s own Legal Affairs committee. David Dorn an e-cigarette user from the United Kingdom said, “E-cigarettes are not a medicinal product and as users we do not see ourselves as ill or in treatment; we are not. Users do however enjoy the benefits of using nicotine, and nicotine when not combined with cigarette smoke is relatively harmless. I hope that MEPs will vote this week to either remove e-cigarettes completely from the Tobacco Products Directive or that they will ask the Commission to go away and do a lot more research, fund some unbiased studies and come back in two or three years and report on the situation at that time. Policy makers will then have a lot more information at their fingertips to make a decision that is not going to result in 700,000 lives per year being terminated early because MEPs voted to effectively ban e-cigs as they currently are from the market in Europe.” The key health benefit of e-cigarettes is determined by how many smokers switch to them or use them as a staging post to quitting completely.
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Electronic Cigarette Users Unite to Send a Powerful Message to MEPs

The scholars will work under the hypothesis that vaporized nicotine stimulates the human nervous system in ways that could seriously impact daily living. They believe that the inhalation of vaporized nicotine has the potential to increase a person’s resting metabolism, making exercise problematic. They also believe it prevents the cardiovascular system from properly regulating arterial pressure and decreases the brain’s ability to regulate blood flow. “E-cigarettes are perceived as safer than actual smoking, and some people even perceive them to be an attractive weight-loss tool,” said Fogt. “This study aims to quantify the metabolic consequences of inhaling vaporized nicotine.” Cooke added, “This study is an important first step to understanding the physiological complications and public health concerns surrounding the use of e-cigarettes. It will also give us a better understanding of the health effects of pure nicotine without the harmful poisons found in tobacco products on the autonomic nervous system.” If this study confirms the scholars’ hypotheses, additional research will be needed to further understand the immediate effects of vaporized nicotine, the impact of dosage and age on an e-cigarette user’s health and the long-term effects of e-cigarettes.” The UTSA Department of Health and Kinesiology serves more than 1,000 students in four undergraduate degree programs, a minor and a master’s program.
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Electronic cigarette controls: Stephen Williams and Amish Badiani

The use of them, including by Daily Politics guest Laurie Penny on-air, can lead to complaints from others who think people are smoking traditional cigarettes, and so breaking the law. Liberal Demcorat MP Stephen Williams, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on smoking and health, and Amish Badiani, a director of a small business selling electronic cigarettes, debated their use and the potential new rules on their use. MORE FROM THE DAILY & SUNDAY POLITICS
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