10 posts tagged Health
NO SMOKE, WHY THE FIRE?
Via: Christopher from Facebook and http://www.economist.com
SOME inventions are so simple, you have to wonder why no one has come up with them before. One such is the electronic cigarette. Smoking tobacco is the most dangerous voluntary activity in the world. More than 5m people die every year of the consequences. That is one death in ten. People smoke because they value the pleasure they get from nicotine in tobacco over the long-term certainty that their health will be damaged. So it seems rational to welcome a device that separates the dangerous part of smoking (the tar, carbon monoxide and smoke released by the process of combustion) from the nicotine. And that is what an e-cigarette does. It uses electricity from a small battery to vaporise a nicotine-containing solution, so that the user can breathe it in.
E-cigarettes do not just save the lives of smokers: they bring other benefits too. Unlike cigarettes, they do not damage the health of bystanders. They do not even smell that bad, so there is no public nuisance, let alone hazard, and thus no reason to ban their use in public places. Pubs and restaurants should welcome them with open arms.
Read the full article HERE
CDC RELEASES ECIG STUDY
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study to assess the use and awareness of electronic cigarettes in current, former, and non-smokers. U.S. adults over the age of eighteen were surveyed in 2010 by mail and the web. In 2011, the survey was web-based only.
According to the 2010 mail survey, the overall awareness of electronic cigarettes was 38.5% and 40.9% on the web. The study conducted in 2011 was web-based only and showed a 57.9 percentage of awareness.
When the initial survey was conducted in 2010, 2.1% of all respondents in the mail survey and 3.3% of the web study had used electronic cigarettes. The 2011 web survey reported 6.2% ever use of e-cigs among all participants.
The use of e-cigs in smokers increased from 9.8% in 2010 to 21.2% in 2011. Ever use of electronic cigarettes in former smokers increased from 2.5% to 7.4%, and among non-smokers the percentage of participants who had ever tried e-cigs remained steady at 1.3%.
Awareness and use has increased from 2010-2011. Most electronic cigarette users are drawn to these products because of a desire to quit or cut back on tobacco cigarettes. Despite fears of growing awareness and publicity, there is no increase in the number of nonsmokers using electronic cigarettes.
CANADIAN LUNG ASSOCIATION SAYS REDUCING HEALTH RISKS, IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS QUITTING NICOTINE
In a recent press release “celebrating” Canada’s National Non-smoking Week, the Canadian Lung Association warned people “Don’t be fooled by e-cigarettes!”
Given that this is a one stop shop of misinformation of all sorts I am a bit surprised that they didn’t go the whole hog and use all caps in addition to the exclamation point at the end.
It seems they are worried that people who are thinking of quitting cigarettes will turn to “gimmicky” e-cigarettes rather than pharmaceutical products. They do not even mention one other method that has been proven to be more successful than NRTs – quitting cold turkey. I suspect that there is quite the funding disparity associated with the two routes of quitting smoking.
The CLA is forgetting their mandate to “improve and promote lung health”. While there is a little wobble on how safe vaping is, nobody who has looked at the literature (and that means reading more than just the one ludicrous 2009 FDA study) thinks that vaping is anywhere near as dangerous as smoking. The point here is that even if it were only 10% safer than smoking, any organization which purports to care about the health of smokers would advocate it as a preferable alternative.
But here the message is quite obvious in that the CLA says that if you are not going to quit nicotine then don’t even consider switching to using nicotine in a way that eliminates almost all the health risks.
In other words, if you were thinking of trying e-cigarettes, the CLA would prefer you keep smoking tobacco. This in turn means that they think that the two have similar risks.
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BETTER STICK WITH CIGARETTES; SAYS THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
VIA R/ECR AND http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.co.uk
Department of Health and Human Services Warns Smokers Wishing to Try Quitting Using Electronic Cigarettes to Stick With Regular Cigarettes Because They Don’t Know How Much Nicotine They’ll Get; Department Spreading False Information About the Scientific Evidence
On a new web site devoted to tobacco and smoking cessation, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) warns smokers wishing to try quitting using electronic cigarettes not to do so because they will not know how much nicotine they are getting in each puff. In effect, this amounts to a recommendation that these smokers stick to their regular cigarettes, since many of them have tried unsuccessfully to quit using the other products recommended by DHHS: nicotine replacement products and smoking cessation drugs.
There is a large population of smokers who have tried to quit using traditional NRT or smoking cessation drugs and failed. Having heard from ex-smokers about their success with electronic cigarettes, many of these smokers wish to try quitting using these innovative products, which vaporize nicotine from a glycerin or propylene glycol base and involve no tobacco. The Department of Health and Human Services’ official advice to these smokers: don’t use electronic cigarettes because there is no evidence that they can help you quit and you don’t know how much nicotine you’re getting in each puff.
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E-CIGS POSE NO RISK OF HEART DISEASE: STUDY FINDS
Electronic cigarettes used by smokers who want to kick the habit show no connection to heart disease, according to a study that adds to evidence of health benefits of switching from tobacco to smokeless alternatives.
E-cigarettes, electronic tubes that simulate the effect of smoking by producing nicotine vapor, prompted no adverse effects on cardiac function in the study, researchers from the Athens- based Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center said in a report presented at the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting in Munich today.
Investigators examined the heart activity of 20 young daily smokers after one ordinary cigarette against 22 people who smoked an electronic cigarette for 7 minutes. Whereas tobacco smokers showed “significant” disruptions of functions such as heartbeats or blood pressure, the effect of e-cigarettes on the heart was minimal, Konstantinos Farsalinos, one of the researchers, said in the presentation.
“Currently available data suggest that electronic cigarettes are far less harmful, and substituting tobacco with electronic cigarettes may be beneficial to health,” Farsalinos said.
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Wednesday May 16th the The Vape Team will be joined by a Cardiologist from the Onassis Cardiac Center to discuss his study of smoking and vaping effects on cardiac function and coronary flow. This important study was presented at EuroPRevent 2012 in Dublin Ireland which is an annual conference aimed to reduce European cardiovascular disease. Join the Vape Team at: www.vapersplace.com/vp-live-vape-team Call in with any questions: 347-308-8329
STUDY: NICOTINE IS GOOD?
Nicotine patches significantly improved attention and memory in older people suffering from mild cognitive impairment, which often leads to Alzheimer’s, according to a new study.
Before you get excited, smokers, the researchers say the study has nothing to do with cigarettes. They looked at 74 non-smokers with an average age of 76. Half got a nicotine patch of 15 mg per day for six months; the other poor bastards got a placebo. Neither group knew whether they had the real patch.
Dr. Paul Newhouse, director of the Center for Cognitive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, reports in the journal Neuroscience that the patches helped patients do better on cognitive tests for “attention memory, speed of processing and consistency of processing.” After 6 months of treatment, the nicotine group regained 46 percent of normal longterm memory for their age. The placebo group got 26 percent worse.
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Thanks to Ryne from Facebook for the link