1. The use of e-cigarettes by teenagers at high schools in the US has reached epidemic levels according to some reports, prompting concerns that some companies are targeting teenagers by marketing vaping products to younger users. This has grabbed the attention of the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner has said, “No kid should be using any tobacco product,” and in a number of recent statements, he has reaffirmed the agency’s stance on youth vaping. Meanwhile, the University of Michigan has published the findings of a new study which suggest the benefits of vaping as a means to quit smoking far outweigh the health risks youths face if they go from electronic to traditional cigarettes. According to the study, which compares the possible risks of increasing smoking initiation with the potential benefits of increasing smoking cessation, nearly 3.3 million life-years could be saved by 2070 through vaping.
2. The US Food and Drug Administration is asking e-liquid manufacturers to submit more information on the ingredients in juices. While e-liquids will be subject to the latest requirements, the FDA says the same rules won’t apply to tanks, coils, wicks and mouthpieces. The agency says the guidance is intended to assist manufacturers and importers making tobacco product ingredient submissions – as required by the Tobacco Control Act – and is only with respect to finished tobacco products designed to be ingested in use, for burning or for aerosols.
3. Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, of the Queen Mary University of London, have announced they will soon begin a new study investigating the habits of people who dual use electronic and combustible cigarettes. The study will monitor up to 500 dual users, in the hope that it can gain a greater understanding of an often-neglected area of smoking cessation research. While most dual users aim to stop smoking altogether, but many people continue using both products. It is not clear at present how many of these dual users stop smoking, at which point and what factors help them to stop. You can find out more about the study and how to get involved by clicking here.
4. Florida wants to combine a ban on vaping in the workplace with nearshore oil drilling. According to local media, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would combine a state-wide ban on nearshore oil and gas drilling with a ban on e-cigarette use in workplaces. The story emerged this week from the state’s leading oil and gas lobbyist at the Florida Petroleum Council. Executive director of the council is David Mica and he has called the proposal “surreal” and “bizarre”. Speaking to local media, he said there’s no reason why economic aims and public health matters should be linked in a state-wide ban. “It just doesn’t make sense that they should be linked together. You should be able to make decisions about your public health and your economic viability separately.” For more on this story, click here.
5. Pyjamas for PanCan took place on Monday and team Vapouround took to the office in pride wearing pyjamas. Behind the fun and games was an important cause: Pancreatic Cancer Action. Almost 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the UK. If you would like to learn more about the charity or donate, click here.