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Can a vaping health crisis be avoided?

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In January 1964, then-US surgeon general Luther Terry released the first report identifying cigarettes as a cause of lung cancer. He knew his words wouldn’t be welcomed by Americans—42% of whom smoked at the time—or big tobacco companies. The report was reportedly published on a Saturday specifically to avoid causing a market crash. In theRead full story

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  • Last week, we heard terrifying accounts of the potential acute effects of vaping. There have been over 400 cases of an acute lung disease (which has put a third of patients on ventilators), and at least 5 deaths.

    I tried to figure out how bad vaping actually is, based on what we know now. The answer

    Last week, we heard terrifying accounts of the potential acute effects of vaping. There have been over 400 cases of an acute lung disease (which has put a third of patients on ventilators), and at least 5 deaths.

    I tried to figure out how bad vaping actually is, based on what we know now. The answer has scientists and health care providers baffled. Although vaping looks a lot similar to the way the cigarette industry did in the mid-20th century in terms of people starting to doubt its safety, vaping is a MUCH more varied industry than cigarettes ever were.

    First, vaping hasn't been around long enough for any noticeable trends in people getting sick. Second, there are SO many chemicals in e-cigarettes that are of unknown safety at best. And we know that people are making their own cartridges. It's the "wild west of epidemiology," one researcher told me, and some scientists have even doubted there COULD be successful prospective studies in the field because there are so many variables.

    Still, some groups are trying: there are medium-term clinical trials that will try to asses the health outcomes of some vape products, and to see whether they really ARE beneficial to those trying to quit cigarettes (early results say yes). Some data are always better than none, even if amassing it is an uphill battle.

  • More and more I guess I need to use the gum and be done with it. It’s my reward system at work when I finish a certain amount of pages. I guess I’ll have to find a new carrot.

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