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Children Exposed To E-Cigarette Hazards Due To Lack of Parental Awareness

As the world continues to debate on the benefits and dangers of e-cigarette use, a recent study sheds light into the importance of parental intervention in the issue.

teen e-cigarette useAccording to researchers from St. Louis’ Washington University School of Medicine, many children are exposed to the potential risks of electronic cigarettes because parents are unaware of the possible health problems. “These are largely avoidable risks, but because e-cigarettes are relatively new, many people – including pediatricians – aren’t aware of the dangers or the steps that should be taken to protect children from them,” according to study first author Jane Garbutt in a news release.

In their research published in the journal Academic Pediatrics, close to 660 parents and legal guardians were asked to answer a survey to determine their e-cigarette use and know-how. Results showed that majority of them are aware of electronic cigarettes, with about 20 percent having experienced using it, and 1 out of 8 declared that it’s being used by a family member on a regular basis.

Results revealed further that 36 percent of respondents who use e-cigarette do not deliberately keep the products away from children. This lack of security may be in the form of failure in keeping e-liquid refill bottles or childproofing them. In fact, 34 percent of respondents said that they store e-liquid containers in a cupboard, while 22 percent keep their liquids in a bag.

In addition, only 15 percent of the population were able to tell their children’s pediatrician about e-cigarette use in the household. The researchers believe that parents should inform their kids’ doctors from the get-go. “We strongly encourage pediatricians to ask parents about nicotine use, including e-cigarettes, and to discuss the risks of exposure,” Garbutt added.

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Teen E-Cigarette Use More Likely With Peer Approval

If you are using electronic cigarettes and support e-cigarette devices, there’s a big chance that the teenagers that you know will also use them.

teen e-cigarette useThis was discovered through a study from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, after analyzing data from more than 2,000 adolescents who took part in the Southern California Children’s Health Study. One of the biggest factors for e-cigarette use by teenagers is the approval of their peers, with more than 90 percent of the survey respondents confirming that their friends approve of their use of electronic cigarette devices.

The study revealed that social acceptance of e-cigarettes have inclined more teenagers to use the product. According to the analysis of the survey data, “Reactions categorized as ‘very friendly’ were associated with 37 times the odds of current e-cigarette use, compared with nine times the odds of current traditional cigarette use,” as cited in a news article. “These results raise the possibility that the generally more favorable social perceptions of e-cigarettes could contribute to the ‘renormalization’ of tobacco products generally,” the authors of the study said.

One surprising discovery was that the use of traditional cigarettes was not an overwhelming factor that leads to e-cigarette use by adolescents. Results revealed that 41 percent of teenagers who used e-cigarettes at least once in their lifetime have not tried using tobacco cigarettes.

Results and other details of the research were published in the journal Pediatrics.

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Teen Trends: More Marijuana Use, Less Alcohol Consumption

Here’s a bit of good and bad news: today’s teenagers use alcohol and cigarettes less, but are found to use marijuana increasingly.

teen alcohol use drinkingThis is according to a study conducted by Penn State’s The Methodology Center. Although the recent findings point to a successful campaign against tobacco, this may have caused the interest of adolescents to shift towards marijuana. “Our analysis shows that public health campaigns are working — fewer teens are smoking cigarettes… However, we were surprised to find the very clear message that kids are choosing marijuana over cigarettes,” said study co-author Stephanie Lanza in a news release.

The study looked into data from the project entitled Monitoring the Future, where close to 600,000 high school seniors from 1976 to 2013 were asked to participate in a survey. The questions were targeted towards checking the students’ use of three substances: alcohol, marijuana and tobacco.

Results showed a significant decrease in use of cigarettes, most notably in white adolescents. Marijuana, on the other hand, was used more as years went by, especially in black teenagers. Meanwhile, alcohol consumption by teenagers has steadily dipped over the years, with white teens drinking more than their black counterparts. A correlation was also noticed between marijuana and cigarette use, citing that those who smoked cigarettes were more likely to use marijuana than teenagers who did not use tobacco products.

Details of the study were published July 20 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Teenagers Who Use Social Media More Successful In Quitting Smoking

Are you concerned that your teens are finding it hard to quit smoking? Try letting them use a social media app designed to help them kick the habit.

social media teenagers smokingAccording to a study conducted by a team of scientists led by Bruce Baskerville of the University of Waterloo’s Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, the social media campaign Break It Off was found to be more effective in helping users quit smoking, as compared to those who use more traditional methods such as a phone hotline. The study followed young adults between 19 and 29 years old, with some of them using Break It Off and the others made to use smoking cessation phone hotline Smokers’ Helpline.

A three-month monitoring revealed that 32 percent of Break It Off app users were able to quit smoking, which is significantly better than the 14 percent success rate of the phone hotline. “These finding suggest that the creators of public health campaigns need to evaluate how they use social media channels and social networks to improve health, especially with regards to younger demographics,” said Baskerville in a news item.

The research team said that a possible reason for this is the inclination of the current generation of users to social media and away from phone hotlines. “Because they are such heavy users of social media, these platforms provide an alternative and successful way of reaching smokers who are less likely to relate to other cessation programs,” Baskerville added.

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Michigan Senate Unanimous Against E-Cigarette Use By Minors

The state of Michigan is only one of seven U.S. states to allow sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but the state senate plans to change that.

e-cigaretteMichigan Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge sponsored the proposed law to stop the sale of electronic cigarettes to underage buyers. “I don’t believe children should be able to buy this in gas stations and grocery stores,” Jones said in a news release. He fears that when the ban is not set into motion, Michigan will be in a unique bind. “We will soon be the only state that allows stores to sell electronic cigarettes to minors… This has got to stop. We don’t want kids to get addicted to nicotine,” Jones said.

State Gov. Rick Snyder issued a veto against the initial draft by legislators, saying that e-cigarettes must be regulated in the same manner as traditional tobacco products. “Electronic cigarettes are nicotine-delivery devices that resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes and share a common ingredient, which is the highly addictive chemical nicotine that is derived from tobacco,” the Michigan governor said the veto statement.

The 37-0 vote by the Senate pushes the legislation to the House for deliberation.

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Another Study Proves That E-Cigarettes Won’t Help You Quit Smoking

If you think that switching to electronic cigarettes can help you quit smoking, think again.

electronic cigaretteA recent study conducted by researchers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine revealed that people who use e-cigarettes had a 49 percent less likelihood to minimize smoking of tobacco products compared to those who never used them. Meanwhile, the likelihood to quit smoking was 59 percent less in those who use electronic cigarettes than people who don’t.

Researchers were into the assumption that e-cigarettes could help kick the habit, but the study results proved otherwise. “Based on the idea that smokers use e-cigarettes to quit smoking, we hypothesized that smokers who used these products would be more successful in quitting… But the research revealed the contrary,” study co-author Wael Al-Delaimy said in a news report. One potential factor behind this occurrence is the presence of nicotine in electronic cigarettes. “One hypothesis is that smokers are receiving an increase in nicotine dose by using e-cigarettes,” Al-Delaimy added.

The study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health, involved monitoring 1,000 smokers in California in one year.

Proponents of the study are hoping that their discoveries can help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration come up with sound guidelines in regulating e-cigarettes, which to this date has not yet been implemented.

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