American Association for Cancer Research to Host Congressional Briefing on E-Cigarettes
Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), along with an expert from the federal government, an official from a local school district, and a writer from The New Yorker, will address congressional staffers and the public on Wednesday, July 18, at noon in Room 385 of the Russell Senate Office Building. Moderating the briefing is Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, chief of medical oncology at the Yale Cancer Center and chair of the AACR Tobacco and Cancer Subcommittee. Panelists at the briefing, “E-cigarettes: Striking a Balance Between Preventing Youth Nicotine Addiction and Helping Current Smokers Quit Combustible Cigarettes,” will present the latest available science pertaining to the effects and content of e-cigarettes and will suggest approaches to halting the concerning rise in youth vaping and nicotine addiction.Source: AACR
Proposed legislation would subject e-cigarettes to age verification law
New legislation proposed June 5 by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., would require Internet and mail order sellers of electronic cigarettes to verify a person’s age and identity before they deliver their products to a buyer’s door.
Nicotine in E-Cigarettes Might Cause Cancers, Mouse Study Suggests
The nicotine in e-cigarettes seems to damage DNA in ways that may increase cancer risk, a new study in mice suggests. The damage was seen both to DNA and its ability to repair itself, making cells more likely to mutate and develop into cancer, said lead researcher Moon-shong Tang, a professor of environmental medicine at New York University School of Medicine. If confirmed in future studies, the finding could mean that e-cigarettes carry their own cancer risk through the nicotine they deliver, said Dr. Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Center.Source: Healthday
Tanning's Allure Tied to Other Addictions
People who seem to have a deep tan year-round -- whether from the sun or indoor tanning -- may be "addicted" to tanning. And new research suggests there's also a link between such tanning and other addictions. "People who were tanning-dependent were six times as likely to have a history of alcohol dependence, and were almost three times as likely to have seasonal affective disorder (SAD)," said study leader Brenda Cartmel. She is a senior research scientist at the Yale University School of Public Health.Source: HealthDay
Tanning Dependence Linked to Other Addictive Behaviors, New Study Finds
Despite the known dangers of exposure to ultraviolet light, many people continue to sunbathe and use indoor tanning beds with some users exhibiting a dependence to tanning. A new study from the Yale School of Public Health finds that such dependence is also associated with other addictive behaviors.
Yale study: 1 in 4 teen e-cigarette users have tried 'dripping'
Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, is the first author of a study that found one in four high schoolers who use electronic cigarettes are inhaling vapors produced by dripping e-liquids directly onto heating coils instead of inhaling from the e-cigarette mouthpiece, possibly increasing exposure to toxins and nicotine.
Keeping Our Kids Safe From E-cigarettes
On May 14 the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), in cooperation with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), sponsored a Congressional briefing on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) titled, “E-cigarettes: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.”Source: AACR
ED Smoking Cessation Intervention Pays Off
Smokers visiting the emergency department (ED) are more than twice as likely to quit if they receive counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, and relevant referrals during their visit, according to a randomized controlled trial published online April 24 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.Source: Medscape
Lighting a Fire Under Tobacco-Related Cancers
For half a century, researchers and health officials have urged the public to acknowledge a tobacco-cancer link. Today, there is an even better understanding of the increased cancer risk associated with using tobacco. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), tobacco use has been linked to cancer in many different parts of the body, including the bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, esophagus, kidneys, lungs, mouth, nasal cavity, ovaries, pancreas, stomach and throat.Source: Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
Cancer and Tobacco Experts Not Fired Up about E-Cigarettes for Quitting Smoking
Despite overwhelming evidence linking cigarettes to serious diseases like cancer, leading experts in cancer research and tobacco policy are not ready to recommend electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), like e-cigarettes, as a safe way to quit smoking. E-cigarettes remain unregulated by the FDA, pose health hazards, and should not be marketed to people younger than 18, according to a national policy statement published Jan. 8 in two prominent cancer journals.
E-Cigarettes: Turning Harm Reduction Into Harm Addiction?
Electronic cigarettes have become a lightening rod for controversy among experts in the medical profession, with studies supporting their potential to help some smokers quit, while others believe that the electronic devices may serve as a gateway to nicotine addiction by luring teen smokers.Source: Forbes