E-Cigs: A Vaping Update

By Rosanne Ullman | 04/28/2014 3:00:00 PM


click image to zoomPhotography by Leonardo Patrizi for Getty Images One of our big goals at Healthy Hairdresser is to get hair pros to stop smoking. For a while there, it looked as if e-cigarettes might serve as an effective “halfway house” to wean people off tobacco cigarettes. They use battery-powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced, inhalable vapor. But as they’ve grown to generate a $2 billion industry, e-cigs have become controversial. Some states are banning public “vaping” and sales to minors. This week, the FDA issued recommendations in support of those bans, along with additional recommendations such as listing ingredients and submitting new products to the FDA for approval.

The latest study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) adds to the growing body of evidence indicating that e-cigs do not help people give up smoking or even cut back, and so far there’s little research into secondhand smoke issues regarding the vapor the e-cigs emit. In addition, studies find that teens are the ones drawn to vaping, so e-cigs may be serving as a gateway smoking device, hooking young people through nicotine addiction and the fruity flavoring that even the FDA’s new recommendations do not suggest limiting. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, from 2011 to 2012, e-cigarette use among middle and high school students nearly doubled, according to City of Hope.

“They try to market e-cigarettes as alternatives, but they are nicotine-delivery devices,” says Brian Tiep, M.D., director of pulmonary rehabilitation and smoking cessation at City of Hope. “We don’t know what else they’re bringing into our bodies. It is important to note that e-cigarettes are being sold by the tobacco industry with the implication that they are quitting devices—but they are not calling them a medication for quitting because they would be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. They don’t want that. They also don’t want them to be regulated as cigarettes.”

If you’re trying to quit, Tiep recommends sticking with the methods that have been proven to work.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

Rosanne is our go-to provider for Modern Salon Media's Healthy Hairdresser e-newsletter. You can e-mail Rosanne Ullman at rullman@vancepublishing.com.


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