Daily users of e-cigarettes see them as about as satisfying or even more satisfying, and less harmful, than cigarettes, according to the results of a small study from the University at Buffalo.
The study of 105 U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers and their partners found that those study participants who vape daily reported e-cigarettes as "at least as satisfying" as cigarettes, and that 58 percent said vaping was "much more" satisfying.
According to ScienceDaily, researchers also reported that the perception of danger from e-cigarettes decreased as frequency of use increased. The paper was published online first in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports.
In their paper, the researchers note that the findings regarding e-cigarette satisfaction are important because of policies that have been implemented based on the belief that e-cigarettes are fundamentally lacking in satisfaction compared to cigarettes.
The concern that vaping acts as a "gateway" to cigarettes is more...
A new method for using e-cigarettes called “dripping” is becoming popular among teens.
A report published in Pediatrics finds one-quarter of U.S. teens who use e-cigarettes have experimented with dripping.
This method creates denser clouds of vapor, HealthDay reports. The health effects of dripping are unknown, according to the report’s authors from Yale University School of Medicine.
Regular e-cigarettes produces inhalable vapor by slowly drawing liquid into a heating coil through an automatic wick. Dripping involves placing drops of e-liquid directly onto the heating coil, and inhaling the cloud of vapor that is produced.
Among teens who tried dripping, 64 percent said they liked the thicker clouds of vapor it produced. Almost 40 percent said they thought it produced a better flavor, while 22 percent were simply curious to try it.
A new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concludes the earlier teens start using any product with nicotine, including e-cigarettes, the stronger their addiction will be and the harder it will be for them to quit, HealthDay reports.
“An estimated 4 percent of kids who try to quit nicotine will succeed, compared to 5 percent of adults who try to quit. Children and adolescents also make more attempts to quit before succeeding,” the AAP notes in a news release.
The report notes that e-cigarettes have been aggressively promoted as smoking cessation aids, but research studies have not been able to document their effectiveness in adults. “Recent research suggests that the use of e-cigarettes may encourage, rather than discourage, the use of conventional cigarettes among U.S. adolescents,” the report states.
“Given the difficulty that adolescents have attempting to stop smoking and use of tobacco products, the need for prevention efforts...
A new study finds teens who often use e-cigarettes are more likely to become regular smokers and to smoke many cigarettes a day.
The study included 3,084 Los Angeles teens who participated in surveys in the fall and spring of tenth grade, Reuters reports.
They were asked whether they had tried e-cigarettes, and if so, how often. They were also asked about regular cigarette use.
The researchers found more frequent vaping was associated with smoking two or more cigarettes on the days teens chose to smoke.
The findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Sales of e-cigarettes have slowed, in part due to warnings by public health experts that the devices may be dangerous.
The New York Times reports a growing number of scientists and policy makers say 40 million American smokers could use the devices to help them stop smoking.
“We may well have missed, or are missing, the greatest opportunity in a century,” David B. Abrams, Senior Scientist at the antismoking group Truth Initiative, told the newspaper. “The unintended consequence is more lives are going to be lost.”
Some experts warn e-cigarettes can be a stepping stone to smoking regular cigarettes for young people.
The full effect of using the devices will not be known for years, they warn. Others note that vaping is much less dangerous than smoking, because e-cigarettes do not contain the deadly tar found in regular cigarettes.
A new survey finds 73 percent of U.S. teens think e-cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes.
The researchers say teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely, than those who do not, to go on to use traditional cigarettes, HealthDay reports.
The survey, published in the journal Pediatrics, found 47 percent of teens believe e-cigarettes are less addictive than cigarettes.
“Concern exists that e-cigarettes are re-normalizing smoking,” said Dr. Stephen Amrock, from the department of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. “Children and parents need to understand that these products contain nicotine and are potentially harmful, both now and because they have been linked to later cigarette use.”
Doctors at the University of Washington Region Burn Center in Seattle report a growing number of patients who are being harmed by exploding e-cigarettes.
The center has treated 22 people for burns and other injuries caused by exploding e-cigarettes since October 2015.
The explosions are caused by lithium-ion batteries in the devices.
The batteries can overheat, causing an explosion or fire. “Once we realized this was a trend at our center, we felt the need to get the word out,” Dr. Elisha Brownson, a burn/critical care surgical fellow at the hospital, told HealthDay. “We want consumers to know this is a risk.”
The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to 24 websites for illegally selling e-cigarettes to minors, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The agency banned e-cigarette sales to anyone under 18 years old earlier this year.
The FDA also issued warning letters to 28 retailers of e-cigarettes and cigars, and three letters to websites that sell cigars.
The websites and stores must respond in 15 days with an explanation of how they plan to prevent future underage sales, or risk being fined $275.
“It’s clear from these initial compliance checks that there’s a need for strong federal enforcement of these important youth access restrictions,” Mitch Zeller, Director...
Many teens who report using e-cigarettes say they tried them because it was cool, fun and new, according to a survey.
Few teens said they used e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking regular cigarettes, HealthDay reports.
The survey of almost 2,400 Canadian teens ages 14 and 15 appears in CMAJ.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is extending its oversight to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
The agency will ban sales of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco to people under age 18.
A new study concludes many smokers who try e-cigarettes find them less satisfying than regular cigarettes.
The researchers say this suggests e-cigarettes may not be a useful tool to help a significant number of smokers quit.
E-cigarettes, also known as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, or ENDS, “need to improve as a satisfying alternative or the attractiveness and appeal of [a] regular cigarette must be degraded to increase the potential of ENDS replacing regular cigarettes,” according to lead author Dr. Terry F. Pechacek of Georgia State University’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science.
The study found e-cigarettes helped a small group of smokers quit regular cigarettes, HealthDay reports.
The researchers included 729 current and former smokers who had tried e-cigarettes. Of these, 101 had quit all smoking, and 43 had switched from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes. Of the 585 current smokers, 58 percent said they had tried e-cigarettes but did not use them...