Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Vaping, Like Smoking, Should Be Banned In Public - Natl Report

Vaping, Like Smoking, Should Be Banned In Public - Natl Report

Now a new report on e-cigarettes shines a powerful light on the benefits and potential dangers of e-cigs. "In other cases, such as when adult smokers use them to quit smoking, they offer an opportunity to reduce smoking-related illness".

Millions of Americans use e-cigarettes, according to the report. "We did not make any conclusion that electronic cigarettes cause smoking, but that they are at risk, meaning that those children today who experiment with electronic cigarettes or use them regularly are more likely to start smoking in the future". So Congress asked a panel of experts to wade through more than 800 scientific studies.

Swapping e-cigarettes for conventional cigarettes reduces users' exposure to numerous toxins and cancer-causing agents in regular cigarettes - conclusive evidence.

There is moderate evidence that variability in the characteristics of different components of e-cigarettes (nicotine concentration, flavoring, device type, and brand) are important determinants of the risk and severity of dependence on e-cigarettes. The report also cited conclusive proof that the devices are safer than traditional smoking products and may help smokers quit, citing conclusive proof that switching can reduce smokers' exposure to deadly tar, risky chemicals and other carcinogens.

The booming, $10-billion vaping industry is expected to grow to $34 billion by 2021, but there's still a lot scientists don't know about how e-cigarettes affect health.

FDA commissioned the report at the direction of Congress to evaluate evidence of health effects of e-cigarettes after it delayed proposed regulations a year ago. Last year, the FDA established new rules to better oversee e-cigs, along with cigars and hookah tobacco, and banned the sale of any of them to anyone under age 18.

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"That's why we decided to make this conclusion much stronger: Children using e-cigarettes are at an increased risk of using tobacco cigarettes in the future", Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center oncologist Maciej Goniewicz said, via Vox.

To another story now, conflicting news about e-cigarettes. Watkins and her colleagues also found that the effects of using non-cigarette products compound: "Kids using two or more non-cigarette products were four times as likely to report using cigarettes a year later". "We need to put novel products like e-cigarettes through an appropriate series of regulatory gates to fully evaluate their risks and maximize their potential benefits".

No evidence yet exists to show whether or not e-cigarettes are tied to cancer risk in humans.

The tobacco company claims that its new product is offering tobacco smokers a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Beyond that the committee also determined that e-cigarettes have introduced new threats such as devices exploding and causing burns.

The writing group found "no available evidence" to weigh in on whether or not e-cigarette use is associated with an increased risk of cancer precursors in humans, such as polyps, but there was limited evidence from animal studies using intermediate biomarkers of cancer suggesting that long-term e-cigarette use could increase cancer risk.

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