ecigarettes in the News


E-Cigarettes Take Off After Tobacco Price Hike
The e-cigarette boom has hit South Korea.
Prompted by a near-doubling of tobacco prices—part of an effort to tackle South Korea’s high smoking rate–electronic cigarettes have become a hit among local smokers. E-cigarette shops have popped up on many street corners and several major TV home-shopping channels have started selling the devices. According to the data from the Korea Customs Service, imports of e-cigarette products jumped nearly seven-fold to 5.22 billion won, $4.76 million, during September-November compared with the same period in 2013. More…

E-cigarettes popular despite health questions

Youths also have taken to vaping, a term that’s sometimes used to describe the inhaling and exhaling of e-cigarette vapor. A national study released by the University of Michigan in December found that teens are now using e-cigarettes more than regular cigarettes. And the CDC reported in August that more than a quarter of a million youths who’d never smoked a cigarette used electronic cigarettes in 2013; the number more than tripled from 79,000 in 2011 to more than 263,000 in 2013. More…

Study suggests critics of vaping are wrong…

Study suggests critics of vaping are wrong to claim it encourages non-smokers to take up habit…

Wednesday 17 December 2014
The Guardian

Electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit or reduce the amount they smoke by as much as half, according to research that appears to undermine fears that vaping will encourage non-smokers to take up the habit.
A review by the Cochrane Collaboration, the medical research group, says the controversial devices help people who want to stop smoking.
Researchers from the UK and New Zealand analysed two previous randomised controlled trials on e-cigarettes’ role in quitting and concluded that they had beneficial effects.
Almost one in 10 (9%) smokers who used e-cigarettes containing nicotine gave up within a year, they found. That was more than double the 4% who managed to quit with the aid of nicotine-free vapourisers.
When the authors looked at smokers using e-cigarettes who had not quit they found that 36% of vaporiser users had halved their intake of cigarettes, compared with the 28% who did not despite being given a placebo.
Co-author Peter Hajek, a professor of clinical psychology at Queen Mary, University of London, admitted the findings were not definitive because the two trials included only 662 smokers.
Although the researchers’ confidence in e-cigarettes’ usefulness for smoking cessation was limited the results were encouraging, he said.
“Both trials used electronic cigarettes with low nicotine delivery and it is likely that more recent products are more effective, as previous research suggests that higher and faster nicotine delivery facilitates treatment effects,” he said.
The authors could draw no lessons on the efficacy of e-cigarettes relative to nicotine patches because too few participants in the studies were using them.
Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, said: “While the studies included were limited in number and used e-cigarettes which are now largely obsolete, the results are clear. E-cigarettes are helping smokers to quit or substantially cut down the number of cigarettes they smoke.”
Professor Robert West, editor-in-chief of the journal Addiction, said:


E-cigarettes could save hundreds of millions of lives, scientists tell WHO

E-cigarettes could save hundreds of millions of lives, scientists tell WHO…
Health authorities continue to view e-cigarettes as a threat, but experts cite potential for harm reduction
More than 50 public health experts and nicotine experts, including five Canadians, are urging the World Health Organization not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, because they say doing so could jeopardize a “significant health innovation” that could save hundreds of millions of lives.

In an open letter to WHO Director General Margaret Chan, the scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia argue e-cigarettes are more

E-cigarette technology may make them harder to regulate

#E-cigarette technology may make them harder to regulate…

Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine.

Now, the battery-powered contraptions have computer chips to regulate puffs and temperature, track usage, talk to other electronic devices and even blink when “vapers” are near each other.

Federal officials say… more…