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November 18th, 2016:

Farsalinos, Polosa among authors of new book on e-cig science

Five of the best-known scholars studying e-cigarettes have collaborated to produce a book on the science and safety of vapour.

Konstantinos Farsalinos of the University of Patras in Greece and Riccardo Polosa of the University of Catania in Italy are among the authors of Analytical Assessment of e-Cigarettes: From Contents to Chemical and Particle Exposure Profiles, published this week by Elsevier.

Among other issues, the volume examines the chemistry and physics of vapour production and inhalation, and discusses measurement and assessment of harm.

Farsalinos and Polosa were joined in writing it by three other authors from the United States: I. Gene Gillman of Enthalpy Analytical, Stephen Hecht of the University of Minnesota, and Jonathan Thornburg of RTI International. The authors contribute individual sections.

With a foreword by Neal Benowitz of the University of California in San Francisco, the book is aimed at the industry, regulators and public health professionals as well as scientists.

It is part of the Emerging Issues in Analytical Chemistry series, which also includes a title on cannabis.

– ECigIntelligence staff

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E-cigs hurt teens’ lungs even a month after use — study

Vaping can have long-term health effects on teens, research shows.

Teens are getting burned by e-cigarettes even after they stop using them.

Adolescents who currently vape are twice as likely to suffer respiratory symptoms like persistent cough, bronchitis, congestion and phlegm as those who have never used e-cigs, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care this week.

But researchers at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California were even more alarmed to find that past users, who smoked an e-cig more than 30 days earlier, showed an 85% greater risk of these symptoms over teens who never tried vaping.

“E-cigarettes are known to deliver chemicals toxic to the lungs, including oxidant metals, glycerol vapor, diketone flavoring compounds and nicotine,” explained lead author Dr. Rob McConnell. “However, there has been little study of the chronic health effects of e-cigarettes.”

New study dismisses e-cigs effect on quitting

Vaping is increasingly popular among adolescents. The CDC recently reported that e-cig use among middle and high school students tripled in 2014, even as traditional cigarette use declined.

There’s also evidence to suggest e-cigs could be a gateway drug. Another recent study out of the University of Southern California found that teens who start vaping are 10 times more likely to smoke regular cigarettes.

The Food and Drug has banned selling e-cigarettes to those under 18. In California, you have to be 21 to buy an e-cig.

“Our results suggest that these regulations and an environment that discourages the initiation of any tobacco product may reduce the burden of chronic respiratory symptoms in youth,” said Dr. McConnell. “However, because e-cigarettes are relatively new, additional study is needed to fully understand their long-term effects.”

STL City Raises Age to Purchase Tobacco, Vapor Products

People under the age of 21 can no longer buy tobacco products in the city of St. Louis.

The Board of Aldermen gave final passage to the measure on Friday, joining St. Louis County which passed a similar measure earlier this year. Sponsor of the measure, Alderwoman Dionne Flowers, spoke with KMOX as the it passed through committee.

“I know that there are some Aldermen who do smoke and I am not knocking anyone that does smoke. It will be interesting…what they say” Flowers says. “And again, the civil liberties thing may be something that will come up. I understand that.”

Flowers alleges the tobacco companies are targeting low-income areas to get kids to light up. She adds that she sees kids on the street trying to smoke, and they barely know what they are doing.

The new measure also covers e-cigarette and vaping products.

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids applauded its passage, saying 35 percent of Missouri’s population is now covered by similar tobacco laws. Kansas City also has an ordinance on the books.