Summary in black, my thoughts in purple! A 14-year-old girl was hospitalized after an e-cigarette exploded on the Harry Potter train at Universal Studios. The e-cigarette that belonged to a college student, malfunctioned and a ball of fire shot towards the girl. She was taken to a nearby hospital, luckily she only suffered mild burns and there wasn’t any property damage other than the burn hole in the train seat. What type of device it was is still unknown. (Battery safety has always been a number one concern when it comes to vapor devices. First of all, why would you...
Many studies have been published indicating that vaping e-cigarettes could be a less harmful alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, but the reduced cost of ecigs and e-liquid also make vaping the smart choice. A Boston Globe Business report points out that, particularly when taking into account rising taxes and prices on tobacco cigarettes, ecigarettes provide a much more cost effective solution. Current savings vary depending on several factors: 1. State e-cigarette tax laws. 2. The brand of eliquid, and 3. The style of e-cig used. Unfortunately, with the growing popularity of e-cigs, this reality could change. There is a looming possibility that government bodies will impose new taxes on e-juice and electronic cigarette products as tax revenue from existing tobacco products declines.
In a recent article published in Medpage Today, a retrospective analysis comparing smoking cessation initiatives found that e-cigarette devices are an effective cessation aid - more effective than use of over-the-counter nicotine replacement aids. However, some experts still have their doubts.
A representative from the Food and Drug Administration, the nation's chief regulatory agency of tobacco products, reported to Congress in a hearing last Thursday that e-cigarettes are certainly less harmful than tobacco smoking. The agency official pointed out however, that more research is needed and that regulation is still in order for the electronic cigarette products.
In just a short period of time, electronic cigarettes have become a $2 billion dollar industry that is largely unregulated. Last month, the FDA began the process of proposing new regulations for the e-cigarette industry, extending its authority from tobacco leaf cigarettes to these new devices. With vapor cigarette usage growing in popularity among employees, many of whom believe that e-liquid vapor does not carry the same danger of indoor second-hand smoke from traditional cigarettes, some business managers are making their own determinations about allowing employees to use elecronic cigarette devices in the workplace.