Burn Center Sees Increase in Injuries from Exploding E-Cigarettes

Burn Center Sees Increase in Injuries from Exploding E-Cigarettes
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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FDA Issues Warning Letters to Websites, Stores Selling E-Cigarettes to Minors

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Websites, Stores Selling E-Cigarettes to Minors
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Many Teens Say They Try E-Cigarettes Because They are Cool, Fun and New

Many Teens Say They Try E-Cigarettes Because They are Cool, Fun and New
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.
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Many Smokers Find E-Cigarettes Less Satisfying Than Regular Cigarettes

Many Smokers Find E-Cigarettes Less Satisfying Than Regular Cigarettes
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...
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Original FDA Tobacco Regulations Would Have Restricted Flavored E-Cigarettes

Original FDA Tobacco Regulations Would Have Restricted Flavored E-Cigarettes
The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations on tobacco originally included language that would have removed flavored e-cigarettes from the market until the agency authorized them, according to Reuters . The final rule deleted that wording. The FDA announced in May 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. Companies will be required to submit all tobacco products to the FDA for regulatory review. They will have to provide the agency with a list of product ingredients and place health warnings on their product packages and in ads. The new rule, which goes into effect in 90 days, will not allow e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco or cigars to be sold to anyone under the age of 18 years (both in person and online); require age verification by photo ID;...
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Adult Smoking Rate Decreased to 15 Percent Last Year

Adult Smoking Rate Decreased to 15 Percent Last Year
Last year 15 percent of American adults smoked, down from 17 percent in 2014, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The decrease was the largest one-year decline in more than two decades, the Associated Press reports. The smoking rate has been decreasing for decades, but generally drops only 1 percent or less annually. About 50 years ago, 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked, the CDC noted. Recent declines in smoking rates are due to anti-smoking ad campaigns, as well as cigarette taxes and smoking bans, experts say. The increasing popularity of e-cigarettes has also likely been a factor in the decline in smoking rates. It is not yet known whether e-cigarettes will help further reduce smoking rates, or contribute to an increase in smoking in the future. Some public health experts are concerned e-cigarettes could create a new way for people to become...
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Poison Control Centers Report Jump in Children’s E-Cigarette Exposures

Poison Control Centers Report Jump in Children’s E-Cigarette Exposures
Poison control centers around the country have seen a sharp increase in calls about young children’s exposure to e-cigarettes. The biggest threat appears to be ingestion of liquid nicotine, HealthDay reports. Young children exposed to e-cigarettes appear to suffer worse health effects than those exposed to regular cigarettes, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics . The number of e-cigarette exposures in children younger than 6 years old increased 1,500 percent between 2012 and 2015. During that period, poison control centers in the United States received more than 29,000 calls related to e-cigarette, nicotine and tobacco product exposures among children under 6. E-cigarettes accounted for 14 percent of those calls, while traditional cigarettes accounted for about 60 percent of exposures, and other tobacco products accounted for 16 percent of calls. Children under age 2 accounted for almost all cigarette and other tobacco exposures, and 44 percent of e-cigarette exposures. In...
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FDA Will Extend Oversight to All Tobacco Products Including E-Cigarettes

FDA Will Extend Oversight to All Tobacco Products Including E-Cigarettes
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced it is extending its oversight to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, Reuters reports. The agency will ban sales of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco to people under age 18. Companies will be required to submit all tobacco products to the FDA for regulatory review. They will have to provide the agency with a list of product ingredients and place health warnings on their product packages and in ads. The move allows the agency “to improve public health and protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco use through a variety of steps, including restricting the sale of these tobacco products to minors nationwide,” the FDA said in a statement. The new rules, which go into effect in 90 days, will not allow e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco or cigars to be sold to anyone under the age of 18 years (both...
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E-Cigarettes the Most Widely Used Tobacco Product Among Teens

E-Cigarettes the Most Widely Used Tobacco Product Among Teens
E-cigarettes are now the most widely used tobacco product among teens, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). E-cigarette use rose among middle school and high school students from 2011 to 2015, the report found. Three million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2015, an increase of 2.5 percent from the previous year. Among high school students, e-cigarette use rose from 1.5 percent to 16 percent, according to the report. Among middle school students, e-cigarette use increased from 0.6 percent to 5.3 percent during that period. Overall, use of tobacco products by teens has not fallen since 2011, HealthDay reports. One-fourth of high school students use tobacco products. “E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, and use continues to climb,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a news release. “No form of youth tobacco use is safe....
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E-Cigarettes Banned on Commercial Flights to and From United States

E-Cigarettes Banned on Commercial Flights to and From United States
E-cigarettes have been banned on commercial flights to and from the United States, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced. The rule applies to both U.S. and foreign airlines, Reuters reports. “This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “The department took a practical approach to eliminate any confusion between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes by applying the same restrictions to both.” The rule is backed by major airline, pilot, flight attendant and public health organizations, the article notes. While no U.S. airline allows e-cigarette use, the DOT said some charter flights may have allowed them. The regulation states, “We believe that without a clear, uniform regulation, some carriers may feel free to adopt policies that allow the use of e cigarettes onboard aircraft.” The DOT said...
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