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Are e-cigarettes really a menace?

BBC News

E-cigarettes, devices that give you a nicotine-hit by heating up a liquid which you then inhale, have become all the rage. But is the concern about them justified, asks Michael Mosley. A few years ago they were a rarity, but now there are nearly three million e-cigarettes out there. Many people think that they are as bad for you as normal cigarettes. I've recently spent a couple of months making a documentary about e-cigarettes, trying to find out truth behind the headlines.

The FDA Says Its Plan to Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes Could Extend American Lives by 134 Million Years

Mother Jones

Cigarettes are responsible for nearly all tobacco-related diseases and deaths, and one key factor is the highly addictive nature of nicotine in tobacco. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration released a proposal for a rule that would limit nicotine levels so that cigarettes and other tobacco products are "minimally addictive or non-addictive." But what would this really mean in terms of public health? Back in July, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced he wanted to place nicotine at the center of the agency's efforts to regulate tobacco. Each year, smoking cigarettes is the primary cause of 163,700 cancer deaths, 160,600 deaths from cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and 113,100 deaths from pulmonary diseases for adults over 35 years of age.

New Year's Resolution To Kick The Butt? E-Cigarettes Might Be The Answer

International Business Times

E-cigarettes have revolutionized the smoking industry in the recent past. More people taking up "vaping" has caused an increase in the number of first time users who do not want to use tobacco cigarettes, which have been known to cause cancer.

Facebook cracks down on alcohol, tobacco, and vaping: Firm will restrict related posts to 18 users

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Facebook is making steps to clean up its image for underage users, according to a report detailing the company's plans to restrict the sale of tobacco and alcohol on both of its social networks. According to CNN, both Facebook and Instagram plan to prohibit the sale or transfer of tobacco and e-cigarettes on its platform, in addition to placing an 18-years-or-older age restriction on any content related to the sale of tobacco. The policy, which is set to go into effect today, will also apply to posts promoting alcohol. Facebook will be reaching out to the administrators of groups designed to sell tobacco and alcohol to alert them of the change. CNN reports that Facebook will be overseeing the implementation of its new rules through'a combination of technology, human review and reports from our community to find and remove any content that violates these policies,' according to a spokesperson.

Surgeon General sounds alarm over teen use of e-cigarettes

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth. In a report released Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research into the health effects of "vaping," but said e-cigarettes aren't harmless and too many teens are using them. "My concern is e-cigarettes have the potential to create a whole new generation of kids who are addicted to nicotine," Murthy told The Associated Press. "If that leads to the use of other tobacco-related products, then we are going to be moving backward instead of forward." Battery-powered e-cigarettes turn liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor without the harmful tar generated by regular cigarettes.