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About Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cigarettes)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC twenty four seven. Saving Lives, Protecting People

  • E-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products.
  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.
  • If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start.
  • Additional research can help understand long-term health effects. Click here to learn more

Low-income, rural kids at higher risk for second- or third-hand smoke exposure

Infants and toddlers in low-income, rural areas may be at higher risk for second- and third-hand smoke than previously reported, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. Approximately 15 percent of children in the study tested positive for cotinine, a byproduct formed when the body breaks down nicotine, at levels comparable to those of adult smokers. About 63 percent of children in the study had detectable levels of cotinine, suggesting widespread exposure to smoke. […]

9 December, 2018

How to stop smoking … for good

Nobody knows who first said, “To succeed, you first have to fail.” But it’s a phrase many smokers likely relate to. About half of all smokers try to quit each year, according to federal data. But only about 7 percent are successful. “We’ve heard about people who say, ‘That’s it!’ and they stop for good. But that’s pretty rare,” said tobacco researcher John Dani. “The average person makes multiple attempts before they quit.”

7 December, 2018.

High risk alternative tobacco products disproportionately sold in low-income communities

Retailers in minority and low-income communities are more likely to sell and advertise the most inexpensive and risky alternative tobacco products, according to a new study […]. Potentially less risky, non-combusted products such as smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes are more accessible in higher income and predominantly White neighborhoods. Until this study, little was known about the ways in which alternative tobacco products are promoted in the retail environment in the context of the tobacco risk continuum.

5 December, 2018

Can e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

Electronic cigarettes and novel tobacco products have emerged as “alternatives” to traditional smoking, which is responsible for nearly 700,000 deaths every year in the EU. Advocates for so called “next generation products” insist they are much less harmful compared to smoking. They also refer to studies saying that these products can help smokers completely quit smoking.

30 November, 2018

Sperm count 50% lower in men whose fathers smoke

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

While studies have repeatedly linked maternal smoking during pregnancy with reduced sperm count in male children, a new research showed that men whose fathers smoked at the time of pregnancy also had 50 per cent lower count of sperms than those with non-smoking fathers. The findings showed that, independently of nicotine exposure from the mother, socioeconomic factors, and their own smoking, men with fathers who smoked had a 41 per cent lower sperm concentration and 51 per cent fewer sperm count than those with non-smoking fathers.

27 November, 2018

The KAC Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme 2019

 Knowledge•Action•Change has launched their 2nd Global Scholarship programme on Tobacco Harm Reduction. It is aimed at enhancing research and communication capacity in the field and will prioritiseapplications from Low and Middle Income countries.Details and an online application process can be found at

Breaking the smoking-drinking connection

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy   

Researchers have found that nicotine in cigarettes cancels out the sleepiness caused by alcohol, basically allowing people to keep drinking … and smoking. The two vices feed off of each other. It takes time for your brain to stop associating the two activities. So when you decide to quit smoking, it will help to take a break from drinking, too, at least during the first few weeks. If not, your brain will send out a signal prompting you to reach for a cigarette every time you have a drink. Try chewing gum or having a sugar-free candy instead.

14 November, 2018