AAPCC reports over 2,000 cases of e-cigarette exposures to date

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Below are tips and recommendations from The American Association of Poison Control Centers:

Protect your skin when handling the products.
Always keep e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine locked up and out of the reach of children.
Follow the specific disposal instructions on the label.
If you think someone has been exposed to an e-cigarette or liquid nicotine, call your local poison center
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‘Not just a flavoring:’ Menthol, nicotine combined desensitize airway receptors

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering restrictions on menthol cigarettes because it has determined that menthol in cigarettes is likely associated with increased initiation and progression to regular cigarette smoking in teens, and increased dependence, and reduced success in smoking cessation, especially among African American menthol smokers.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/…/150511163038.htmmenthol-cigarettes

Web MD: Quitting Smoking

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If you’ve been planning to quit, you may already know that when you stop smoking, you may not feel so great at first. Some people feel grouchy and have cravings.

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CDC TIPS Campaign Educates E-cigarette Users About Dangers of Dual Use of E-cigs and Cigs

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Tips From Former Smokers

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E-cigarettes are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for smoking cessation. The limited research published to date has not proven that electronic cigarettes are effective smoking cessation aids. E-cigarettes are unregulated and that users cannot be sure what they are exposed to.

Cardiology article for E-cigarettes by the American Heart Association: (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/129/19/e490.long)

The Effects of Nicotine on the Children and Teens Experimenting with Nicotine Products such as E-cigarettes.

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Lucy England and colleagues at the CDC Office on Smoking and Health recently published an important paper, “Nicotine and the Developing Human: A Neglected Element in the Electronic Cigarette Debate,” in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  This paper makes the important point that, contrary to glib assertions e-cigarette enthusiasts make that “it is the tar not the nicotine in cigarettes that kills people” they add to case that nicotine, while not the only dangerous thing in cigarettes, is nonetheless dangerous.

abstract:

The elimination of cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products in the U.S. would prevent tens of millions of tobacco-related deaths. It has been suggested that the introduction of less harmful nicotine delivery devices, such as electronic cigarettes or other electronic nicotine delivery systems, will accelerate progress toward ending combustible cigarette use. However, careful consideration of the potential adverse

full text: http://tobacco.ucsf.edu/cdc-publishes-more-evidence-nicotine-dangerous-all-itself

This new work is in addition to the extensive discussion of the adverse health effects of nicotine in Chapter 5 of the 2014 Surgeon General’s report.

CVS Experiment On How To Get People To Stop Smoking Has Fascinating Results

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Although the smoking rate among U.S. adults has been on the decline in recent years, tobacco is still the biggest public health threat in the country, contributing to tens of thousands of preventable deaths and racking up billions in health care expenditures each year. So researchers are still trying to figure out what could convince the estimated 40 million smokers in the U.S. to kick the habit for good. Is there a more creative way to tackle the problem?

That was the subject of an innovative study that tracked a group of CVS employees who were recruited to participate in an incentive-based cessation program. According to the researchers, who published their results in the New England Journal of Medicine this week, offering smokers varying financial rewards and penalties in exchange for cutting out cigarettes worked better than they expected…

article: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/05/14/3658925/smoking-quit-experiment-incentive/

 

DID YOU KNOW? IT’S ILLEGAL TO SMOKE IN MULTI-UNIT HOUSING COMPLEXES IN BERKELEY!

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The City of Berkeley’s Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing ordinance went into effect on May 1, 2014. This ordinance directly affects tenants and owners of residential rental property in Berkeley. Here are some facts:

  • Smoking is prohibited in all units of multi-unit residences and all common areas of multi-unit residences (two or more units). This also includes common areas such as private decks, balconies, and porches of units.
  • Medical Cannabis: The use of medical cannabis by a person for whom using medical cannabis is not a crime under California law is exempt from this law.
  • Signage: Owners and managers of buildings must post “No Smoking” sign(s) on their buildings. Signage must be consistent with the signposting requirements of Berkeley Municipal Code Section 12.70.060. Signs can be downloaded at cityofberkeley.info/smoke-free_MUH
  • Leases: Include non-smoking provisions for all new leases initiated after May 1, 2014. Offer a voluntary non-smoking lease addendum for all current leases. A sample lease addendum can be downloaded at cityofberkeley.info/smoke-free_MUH
  • Enforcement: Enforcement is a complaint-driven process that must be initiated by tenants of multi-unit residences. Complaint forms can be downloaded at cityofberkeley.info/smoke-free_MUH

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I live next door to a multi-unit housing complex. Can I submit a complaint?

A: No. Only tenants of the complex can submit a complaint.

Q: I live in a single-family home with a detached in-law in my backyard that I rent to a tenant. There are no shared walls or ceilings. Does the ordinance apply?
A: No.

Q: I own a condo that is a unit in a larger building. I share walls and ceilings with my neighbors. Does the ordinance apply?
A: Yes.

Please do not hesitate to contact the City of Berkeley’s Tobacco Prevention Program at 510-981-5330 if you have questions about this specific ordinance, or other anti-tobacco city ordinances.

The City of Berkeley Tobacco Prevention Program offers FREE cessation clinics. For smokers who are ready to take action for a tobacco free life, we encourage them to register for our FREE quit smoking session series. To register please contact us at (510) 981-5330 or quitnow@cityofberkeley.info

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights

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California’s Senate Bill 140 is unfortunately being held up in the Senate Appropriations Committee, likely due to pressure from tobacco industry and e-cigarette industry groups.

SB 140 seeks to define and regulate e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices as tobacco products, including not allowing the products to be used in smokefree spaces.

The bill passed the Senate Health Committee, but the Appropriations Committee sent the bill to the “suspense file” and it now requires a special vote to get out of the committee. Otherwise, it will dies like previous efforts to address e-cigarette use in smokefree spaces. As UCSF Professor Stan Glantz said, “The fact that the bill is stuck in the Senate Appropriations Committee is strong evidence that the bill industry is fighting hard (as always, in the shadows), since this bill does not require appropriating any money. Indeed, by improving health it will save money.”

We need to speak up to let our Senators know that we are not going to stand by and let this important public health bill be stopped by industry pressure.

What can you do to help?

Please take a moment to contact your California Senator to voice your support for SB 140. Click here to look up your Senator’s name, email, and phone number. Personal communications from constituents are a very meaningful way to influence our elected officials.

Ask your Senator to support SB 140 in order to protect public health and let him/her know that Californians will not allow this important public health bill to be blocked by pressure from tobacco industry and e-cigarette industry groups.

It’s also important that we voice our support for SB 140 because there is a competing bill this session. SB 24 is not supported by public health groups, including ANR, because it does not treat e-cigarettes as a tobacco product and it old be used to undermine California’s tobacco control laws.

Thank you for taking action!

Liz at ANR

www.no-smoke.org

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Can you contribute $5 today to help us defend nonsmokers rights in California?

Berkeley Youth Tobacco Educators (BYTE)

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