FDA faces important decisions on regulation of e-cigarettes
He doesn’t want to upset bystanders, so he vapes only indoors at his home or store. Many vapers aren’t particularly worried that their habit might be outlawed in public places. “I don’t think it will affect me too much,” says Lee Madeloni, a musician who was trying flavors in the Vapor Spot, not far from UCLA, on a recent afternoon. “I’m pretty respectful anyway.” He already avoids vaping when dining with others, for example. And on an airplane, he sneaks a quick puff and blows the vapor down toward the floor fellow travelers may not even notice.
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E-cigarette regulation and taxes once again on the front burner at the Capitol
The mechanism of action is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine solution, creating an inhalable vapor without burning tobacco products or other toxins usually found in cigarettes. Other NRT methods include nicotine patches and nicotine gum, but e-cigarettes have surpassed these methods in popularity as they mimic a real cigarette in appearance and absorption method. E-cigarettes also enable those who want to quit for health reasons to retain smoking culture. E-cigarette proponents say the product facilitates smoking fewer cigarettes and may help users quit entirely, but a longitudinal analysis using population-level data show no difference in quit rates among e-cigarette users and regular smokers. “Controlled clinical trials and population-level observational cohort studies are needed to establish the utility of these cigarettes to facilitate smoking cessation. Research is also needed regarding the role of e-cigarettes in harm reduction, including reduced cigarette smoking and associated reduction of tobacco toxicant exposure,” Benowitz and Goniewicz recommended.
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He hasn’t used a cigarette in three or four months, Jackson said. “I have seen first-hand how they can help,” he said. The American Cancer Society opposed Jackson’s efforts last year and will continue to fight against efforts to reduce taxes on e-cigarettes, said James Gray, director of government relations for the Cancer Action Network. There is no scientific evidence to back claims that e-cigarettes are an effective means of weening smokers from their habit. No other state has taken the actions Jackson has proposed for Oklahoma, Gray said.
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