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Tempe bans e-cigarette use in public
Dianna M. Náñez, The Republic | azcentral.com | August 1, 2014
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"It's a battle playing out across the country: the concern
for public health vs. freedom from government regulation.
In Arizona, the latest front is in Tempe, where the
concern for public health won — at least for now.
This week, Tempe became the first Arizona city to
ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public areas,
joining a growing number of municipalities
nationwide in the debate over the nicotine devices.
|"This week, Tempe became the first
Arizona city to ban the use of
electronic cigarettes in public areas..."
|However, critics point out that there's no way to know whether the ordinance is warranted
because the federal Food and Drug Administration has yet to decide how or whether to regulate
e-cigarettes. Nevertheless, the Tempe City Council voted 5-1 Thursday to approve the
ordinance, which mirrors statewide regulation of tobacco cigarettes."
|E-cigarettes a 'gateway' to harder drugs, study says
|Like conventional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes may function as a "gateway drug" that can prime the brain to be more
receptive to harder drugs, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, add to the debate about the risks and benefits of
electronic cigarettes, the increasingly popular devices that deliver nicotine directly without burning tobacco.
"With e-cigarettes, we get rid of the danger to the lungs and to the heart, but no one has mentioned the brain," coauthor
Dr. Eric Kandel of Columbia University, whose findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said in a
In laboratory studies, the researchers showed that "once mice and rats are on nicotine, they are more addicted to
cocaine" after being introduced to that drug, said Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar of the University of Louisville, who was not involved
in the study but chaired a 10-member American Heart Association panel on the impact of e-cigarettes.
That was true even when the mice received nicotine without burning tobacco, Kandel, a 2000 Nobel laureate for his work
on memory, told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.
The findings by Kandel and his wife, Columbia University researcher Denise Kandel, expand on her earlier work on
nicotine as a "gateway drug," a theory she first reported on in 1975.
"E-cigarettes have the same physiological effects on the brain and may pose the same risk of addiction to other drugs as
regular cigarettes, especially in adolescence during a critical period of brain development," they wrote.
Although it is not yet clear whether e-cigarettes will prove to be a gateway to the use of conventional cigarettes and illicit
drugs, they said "that's certainly a possibility."
"Nicotine clearly acts as a gateway drug on the brain, and this effect is likely to occur whether the exposure comes from
smoking cigarettes, passive tobacco smoke, or e-cigarettes," they wrote.
Electronic cigarettes are now a $3 billion business with 466 brands that include candy flavoring and are increasingly
popular among children, according to the World Health Organization.
Using 2004 epidemiologic data from a large, longitudinal sample, Denise Kandel found that the rate of cocaine
dependence was highest among users who started using cocaine after having smoked cigarettes.
Dr. Shanta Rishi Dube of the Georgia State University School of Public Health, who was not involved in the research, said
the results "appear valid based on prior studies that have looked at nicotine as a potential gateway (drug)."
Bhatnagar said the findings strengthen the case for regulation of e-cigarettes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
"If we don't have strict laws on youth access and marketing for e-cigarettes, we may fuel an entire new generation of
people on nicotine, and that will be a gateway drug for the use of other drugs," Bhatnagar said.
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|PHOTOS FROM SATURDAY, OCT.18TH, 2014 BOARD MEETING
Philadelphia Council Member
William K. Greenlee was
recognized with a Health
Leadership Award in his Office
at Philadelphia City Hall, a National
Historic Landmark, by Arizonans
Concerned About Smoking (ACAS)
Executive Director, Philip J.
Council Member Greenlee was
recognized for his continued
commitment to the protection and
promotion of smoke and
tobacco-free workplace policies
Council Member Greenlee's
legislation, which treats
e-cigarettes like regular cigarettes,
was unanimously approved
by the Philadelphia City Council
and went into effect 07.01.14.
Philadelphia's leadership and
efforts in this regard will help
encourage and inspire countless other communities and work-places across the nation of this real threat to our existing smoke and
During the recognition, Philip noted that "Due to Council Member Greenlee's leadership and the much appreciated assistance from his
staff, a template offering educational resources (including high impact 'talking points' regarding e-cigarettes) is now available on-line
(http://www.phila.gov/health/pdfs/Ecigarettelegislation_QA41014.pdf). This useful material can and should be used to assist local
tobacco control advocates in the education of their own City and Town Councils across our country regarding the concern of
For any questions about this well deserved recognition please contact:
Philip J Carpenter, Executive Director, Arizonans Concerned About Smoking
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|Gilbert becomes 3rd Arizona city to regulate e-cigarettes
The regulation came after the town received
several complaints of people using e-cigarettes
inside the Freestone Recreation Center.
Councilwoman Jenn Daniels said she had seen
people using them in the Town Hall lobby.
The council first discussed an e-cigarette ordinance
in June, but held off until council members spoke
with supporters, opponents and businesses.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices and
release a vapor that contains nicotine but no
The Food and Drug Administration has yet to
regulate e-cigarettes, and there is little conclusive
research regarding the long-term effects of inhaling
e-cigarette vapor. Some states and cities have
taken regulation into their own hands, including
Arizona, which prohibits minors from purchasing
In August, Tempe became the first city in Arizona to regulate e-cigarettes with an amendment prohibiting their use in public
areas, including private businesses and workplaces. Neighboring Guadalupe passed a similar ordinance around the same time.
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|Americans are smoking less than ever
Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Vapor rights activists exhale while
smoking e-cigarettes before attending
a city council meeting that will address
the legality of the indoor use of the
devices, in New York, in this file…
The percentage of Americans who are
smokers has fallen to an all-time low,
now representing just 17.8 percent of
the population, a study has found.
US health officials said the percentage
of Americans who are smokers has
fallen to the lowest level since 1965,
when they began keeping records.
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) said the number of
American adult smokers fell from 45.1
million in 2005, or 20.9 percent of the
US population at the time, to 42.1
Despite progress in reducing the
overall number of US smokers, rates
remained on the high side for some
groups, particularly lower-income people, as well as gays and lesbians, the CDC said.
Smoking accounts for one in five US deaths annually, taking more than 480,000 lives.
According to US government data, smoking costs the economy more than $289 billion a year for medical care and lost productivity.
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Pima County may vote to refuse to hire smokers
December 05, 2014 12:00 am • By Mariana Dale Arizona Daily Star
The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote this month on whether to refuse to hire smokers and put a major pinch on the
pocketbooks of those who already work there.
The two-part policy would take effect in July 2015. It prevents the county from hiring smokers and slaps a 30 percent health
insurance surcharge on employees who do smoke or use other tobacco products.
County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the ban during their Dec. 16
meeting. Please see the entire article |>here:
Lots of college students hugely underestimate
the risk of smoking hookah, a new federal
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
published new data about 500 undergrad and
graduate students at the University of South Florida,
on their views on and uses of the increasingly
They discovered that more than half of the students
(54.4 percent) had smoked hookah — also known as
shisha — at some point in their lives, and 16 percent
had used hookah recently, in the past 30 days. This
squares with a broader trend the CDC has
documented: that young people in this country are
increasingly using hookah along with other non-
cigarette tobacco products, like e-cigarettes.
But the most unsettling part of the study was the utter
lack of awareness about harms related to hookah:
more than half of the students thought smoking from
a waterpipe is less dangerous than cigarette smoking
and 13 percent thought hookah wasn’t harmful at all.
By DAVID BARBOZA "Please click headline above for entire article"
SHENZHEN, China — (DEC. 13, 2014) In a grimy
workshop, among boiling vats of chemicals,
factory workers are busy turning stainless steel
rods into slender tube casings, a crucial
component of electronic cigarettes. Not long ago,
Skorite Electronics was a tiny firm struggling to
produce pen parts. Today, it is part of an
enormous — and virtually unregulated — supply
chain centered here that produces about 90
percent of the world’s e-cigarettes
Thanks to Stanton.Glantz
More and more of our Youth are using
e-cigarettes and becoming addicted to
We must do all we can to stop this
un-healthy trend while we can.
Please see below for an easy opportunity
regarding a CFTFK Action Alert.
Please take a minute or two to voice Your
concern regarding this threat.
Philip J Carpenter, Executive Director
Arizonans Concerned About Smoking
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