Cigarette smoking at new low among youths, survey finds

A look at the evidence behind outdoor smoking bans

Exposure to secondhand smoke also declines. Comments 0 Derek Schlesinger, 18, has a cigarette as he waits for his girlfriend to pick him up in Belmont. (Los Angeles Times / January 25, 2007) Also By Emily Alpert July 11, 2013, 10:32 p.m. Cigarette smoking hit the lowest point ever recorded among American eighth-graders and high school sophomores and seniors last year, a newly released report shows. Last year, only 5% of high school sophomores said they had smoked cigarettes daily in the previous 30 days, compared with 18% of sophomores who were smoking daily at one point in the 1990s.
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UTSA scholars to study health effects of electronic cigarettes

Over the next year, the researchers will study the effects that inhaling vaporized nicotine has on a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, resting metabolic rate, physical work capacity and brain blood flow. UTSA students pursing kinesiology and health-related careers will conduct research alongside the scholars, giving them the opportunity to learn quantitative research methods in preparation for their careers in academia and health-related professions. The scholars will work under the hypothesis that vaporized nicotine stimulates the human nervous system in ways that could seriously impact daily living. They believe that the inhalation of vaporized nicotine has the potential to increase a person’s resting metabolism, making exercise problematic. They also believe it prevents the cardiovascular system from properly regulating arterial pressure and decreases the brain’s ability to regulate blood flow.
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Non-smoking businesses mixed on E-cigarettes

Pointing out the e-cigarettes give off a small amount of vapor, which is safe, and don’t smell like cigarette smoke. “I think it will be more accepted and I’m hoping more restaurants will allow it,” Liguori says. You can use the devices inside city buildings in Cape Coral and Bonita Springs.
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Electronic Cigarette Users Unite to Send a Powerful Message to MEPs

It is therefore vital that e-cigarettes continue to be regulated as a consumer product. Ralf K an e-cigarette user from Germany said, “Many of us have tried numerous times to quit smoking using conventional nicotine replacement therapies and have failed, however with e-cigarettes we have all cut down our smoking or stopped completely. Without anyone in the professional public health field doing anything and without spending any public money, smokers like us have been quitting, switching, and cutting down through the use of e-cigarettes. This is something that should be celebrated not a cause for concern.” E-cigarettes are however not some form of more effective nicotine replacement therapy, they are totally different. E-cigarettes deliver clean nicotine — without the tar, carbon monoxide, and volatile hot gases of cigarettes — and as a way of taking nicotine they are pretty near harmless to health. In short, for people who switch from cigarettes, they hugely reduce risk, while satisfying their need for nicotine and some of the behavioural aspects of smoking.
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