Would-be moms, beware: Smoking e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause birth defects

Would-be moms, beware: Smoking e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause birth defects

Smoking e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause facial defects in the babies, a study warns. The findings suggested that e-cigarettes pose health risks despite being widely considered a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Researchers exposed frog embryos and samples of mammalian neural crest cells to saline infused with e-cigarette vapour. Frogs, like other vertebrates, are similar to humans embryonically, said Amanda Dickinson, from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the US. “This means that if a chemical perturbs a frog embryo, it’s likely to do the same thing to a human…

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Thought e-cigarettes were safe? Beware, even one puff can affect your heart!

Thought e-cigarettes were safe? Beware, even one puff can affect your heart!

E-cigarretes have always been controversial. While past research has found that it increases risk of cigarette smoking in youth, studies have also shown that less cancer-causing toxins are found in users of e-cigarettes. Now, a new study has suggested that a single exposure to e-cigarette vapour may be enough to impair vascular function. Researchers from West Virginia University researchers studied artery diameter, the blood vessels’ ability to widen (vasodilation) and aortic stiffness in female mice after short- and long-term exposure to flavoured e-cig vapour. Aortic stiffness is an age-related complication in the…

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E-Cigarettes a ‘Major Public Health Concern’: US Surgeon General

E-Cigarettes a ‘Major Public Health Concern’: US Surgeon General

E-cigarette use is exploding among young people and is now “a major public health concern,” the US Surgeon General warned Thursday, sparking disagreement from experts in Britain where the devices are seen more favorably. The battery-powered devices heat a liquid containing nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled, and some experts worry that a new generation of smokers is becoming addicted. About one in six US high school students say they have used e-cigarettes in the past month. “E-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900…

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E-Cigarettes Can Reduce Burden of Smoking-Related Deaths in India

E-Cigarettes Can Reduce Burden of Smoking-Related Deaths in India

Electronic-cigarettes, popularly known as e-cigarettes, provide a third line of option to stay away from harmful effects of tobacco, and can significantly reduce the burden of smoking-related deaths in India, a renowned expert on vaping has said. “The first line option to shield yourself from the toxicity of tobacco products is to quit smoking altogether and the second line of option is to quit with the help of medication,” Konstantinos Farsalinos, from the University of Patras in Greece, told reporters at an event here. Farsalinos, who is a research fellow…

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66% Indian Smokers View E-Cigarettes as ‘Positive Alternative’

66% Indian Smokers View E-Cigarettes as ‘Positive Alternative’

Nearly 66 per cent of Indian smokers see e-cigarettes as a “positive alternative” to tobacco products, a new survey said on Thursday. In a first-of-its-kind survey of adult smokers in India conducted by non-profit organisation factasia.org, the researchers found that 69 per cent of Indian smokers would consider switching to e-cigarettes “if they were legal, met quality and safety standards, and were conveniently available”. The survey showed that a few smokers in India have tried them although more than a third — 36 per cent — express some level of…

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E-cigarettes may help quit smoking, shows evidence

E-cigarettes may help quit smoking, shows evidence

Electronic cigarettes may have helped about 18,000 people in England to give up smoking last year and there is no evidence of any serious side effects associated with their use for up to two years, according to studies published on Tuesday. Researchers at University College London (UCL) analysed the latest data on smoking and quitting in England – including details on smokers who worked with the health-worker devised Stop Smoking Services to set a quit date. While they found no direct evidence that e-cigarettes prompted more people to make the…

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