Despite being widely viewed as a safer alternative to tobacco, e-cigarettes aren't harmless, especially to adolescents. But social media is rife with glossy content that makes vaping look fun and cool.
Teens and young adults spend several hours a day looking at their phones and watching videos, many of which might contain product placements for vaping.
Product placement in music videos totals $15 million to $20 million a year and is rising. E-cigarette makers are discovering it's a great way to lure young adults into vaping.
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Experts at Oxford University's Centre for Evidence Based Medicine review the latest evidence on how to quit smoking.
Yet regulators remain torn.
Vaping increases the number of receptors that allow coronavirus to invade your cells and compromises your immune system.
From 2021, it will be harder to import e-cigarettes. That protects young people, in particular, who are increasingly being lured into nicotine and tobacco addiction.
From 2021, Australians will no longer be able to buy nicotine-containing e-fluids, without both a prescription and someone licensed to import it for them, raising fears many will go back to smoking.
Bacterial changes could lead to serious diseases.
Our oral microbiome is the second most diverse and equally important microbiota in the body.
Millions of U.S. high school students have used e-cigarettes.
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Current legislation focuses on the flavor of e-cigarettes. But the latest research shows the attraction isn't about taste.
Many young people are unaware of the health risks of e-cigarettes.
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Even as evidence of its adverse effects emerges, vaping is growing more popular among young people.
Bad science is clouding the issue.
A prominent paper on vaping and heart disease has been retracted.
A vape shop in New York City shows a line of flavorings on Jan. 2, 2020.
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The FDA has banned flavored e-cigarettes that appeal to kids. But new research shows that the danger of flavors could go beyond their appeal to kids. The flavorings themselves could cause damage.
More evidence that vaping may be harmful to your health.
There is little evidence that vaping is an effective way to quit smoking or reduce health risks.
As new vaping-related lung diseases continue to be identified, jurisdictions around the world might want to take a look at new vaping regulations in British Columbia, Canada.
A vitamin E acetate sample during a tour of the Medical Marijuana Laboratory of Organic and Analytical Chemistry at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, New York on Nov. 4, 2019.
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A form of vitamin E could be behind recent vaping illnesses and death, as the vitamin was not meant to go into the lungs. Lax oversight of products and supplements only worsens the situation.
A new report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal describes a case of severe, life-threatening airway injury related to vaping that occurred in a Canadian youth.
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As vaping increases among youth, so do the life-threatening lung injuries that accompany it. 'Popcorn lung' is the latest.
Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S., and most smokers say they want to quit.
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Concerns about e-cigarettes are growing, with the AMA calling for a ban. With the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21, it's worth asking: What do smokers think?
Governments around the world are banning e-cigarettes. This is very bad news for public health.
More than 20 countries have banned e-cigarettes.
The recent vaping-related deaths in the US have brought the issue into the spotlight around the world.
We've still got a lot to learn about the long term health effects of vaping. But based on what we know so far, vaping liquids containing oils, and especially cannabis/THC liquids, should be avoided.