E-cigarettes ‘could save millions’

first_img 43 Views   no discussions Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img Electronic cigarettes turn nicotine into a vapour that can be inhaledScientists say that if all smokers in the world switched from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, it could save millions of lives.In the UK there are currently about 100,000 deaths per year attributable to smoking, worldwide it is estimated to be more than five million.Now researchers are hopeful that an increasing use of e-cigarettes could prevent some of these deaths.But some groups warn that e-cigarettes could normalise smoking.An estimated 700,000 users smoke e-cigarettes in the UK, according to Action on Smoking and Health. Some users combine “vaping”, as it is often called, with traditional cigarettes while others substitute it for smoking completely.E-cigarettes have also recently be found to be just as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers quit.Future hopeRather than inhaling the toxic substances found in tobacco, e-cigarette users inhale vaporised liquid nicotine.Robert West, professor of health psychology at University College London, told delegates at the 2013 E-Cigarette Summit at London’s Royal Society that “literally millions of lives” could be saved.“The big question, and why we’re here, is whether that goal can be realised and how best to do it… and what kind of cultural, regulatory environment can be put in place to make sure that’s achieved.“I think it can be achieved but that’s a hope, a promise, not a reality,” he said.A revolutionThis view was echoed by Dr Jacques Le Houezec, a private consultant who has been researching the effects of nicotine and tobacco.He said that because the harmful effects of its main comparator, tobacco, e-cigarette use should not be over-regulated.“We’ve been in the field for very long, this for us is a revolution.There is concern over the lack of regulation of e-cigarettes“Every adolescent tries something new, many try smoking. I would prefer they try e-cigarettes to regular cigarettes.” Dr Le Houezec added.Many are now calling for the industry to be regulated. An EU proposal to regulate e-cigarettes as a medicine was recently rejected, but in the UK e-cigarettes will be licensed as a medicine from 2016.Konstantinos Farsalinos, from the University Hospital Gathuisberg, Belgium, said it was important for light regulation to be put in place “as soon as possible”.“Companies are all hiding behind the lack of regulation and are not performing any tests on their products, this is a big problem.”Prof Farsalinos studies the health impacts of e-cigarette vapour. Despite the lack of regulation, he remained positive about the health risks associated with inhaling it.Healthy ratsE-cigarettes are still relatively new, so there is little in the way of long-term studies looking at their overall health impacts.In order to have valid clinical data, a large group of e-cigarette users would need to be followed for many years.Seeing as many users aim to stop smoking, following a large group of e-smokers for a long period could be difficult.But in rats at least, a study showed that after they inhaled nicotine for two years, there were no harmful effects. This was found in a 1996 study before e-cigarettes were on the market, a study Dr Le Houezec said was reassuring.Concern about the increase in e-cigarette use remains.The World Health Organization advised that consumers should not use e-cigarettes until they are deemed safe. They said the potential risks “remain undetermined” and that the contents of the vapour emissions had not been thoroughly studiedThe British Medical Association has called for a ban on public vaping in the same way that public smoking was banned.They stated that a strong regulatory framework was needed to “restrict their marketing, sale and promotion so that it is only targeted at smokers as a way of cutting down and quitting, and does not appeal to non-smokers, in particular children and young people”.Ram Moorthy, from the British Medical Association, said that their use normalises smoking behaviour.“We don’t want that behaviour to be considered normal again and that e-cigarettes are used as an alternative for the areas that people cannot smoke,” he told BBC News.But Lynne Dawkins, from the University of East London, said that while light-touch regulation was important, it must be treated with caution.She said that e-cigarettes presented a “viable safer alternative” to offer to smokers.“We don’t want to spoil this great opportunity we have for overseeing this unprecedented growth and evolving technology that has not been seen before, We have to be careful not to stump that.”BBC News HealthLifestyle E-cigarettes ‘could save millions’ by: – November 13, 2013 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Laurel woman sentenced for meth dealing

first_imgBrookville, In. — A Laurel woman has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for her role in a methamphetamine dealing operation. Rachel Isaacs, 42, will serve 18 years in prison and the remaining time on probation.The Franklin County Drug Task Force opened an investigation in August of 2016 after receiving a tip about drug activity at her Basin Street home.In September police served a search warrant and confiscated four grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.On October 9 around midnight, while Isaacs was out on bail police returned to her home following the traffic stop of Wayne Seiber, 52, of Dayton. Seiber was caught with 83.5 grams of methamphetamine, $2140 in cash, two handguns and paraphernalia. Seiber told police he had been using drugs at the Isaacs home. On October 10 the task force served another search warrant at the Isaacs home and found almost 40 grams of methamphetamine.In November Isaacs pleaded guilty to two counts of dealing in methamphetamine and one count of maintaining a common nuisance.Several other arrests have been made as a result of these investigations.last_img read more

Tucber Park beat Police in NA/Canje 100-ball cricket

first_imgTUCBER Park A team registered their second win in as many games after defeating Police by 59 runs on Saturday in the Berbice Cricket Board’s (BCB’s) Friends of Berbice Cricket 100-ball Second-Division cricket competition for teams in NA and Canje.Turber Park Cricket Club ‘A’ team, won defeated GUYMINE by five wickets in their opening round, batted first against Police.Led by Malcom Mickle, who smashed 63, TPCC were able to reach 139-6 from their allotted balls.For the opening wicket, Mickle and Steve Deonarine put together 101 runs, with the latter hitting 40.In reply, Police crashed out for 80 after Kwesi Mickle took over. The off-spinner grabbed six wickets for seven runs. Anthony D’Andrade supported with 2-0 while Leon Swamy and Winslow Roberts finished with one wicket each.last_img read more

Beat writers unanimously pick Syracuse to take care of St. Bonaventure

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A season ago, St. Bonaventure (4-8) came to the Carrier Dome and upset Syracuse (8-4) in overtime. But this isn’t the same Bonnies, and they enter on a three-game losing streak before Saturday’s game in the Dome. SU comes off a bounceback win over Arkansas State after two-straight losses before that.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen after Saturday’s 2 p.m. tip-off.Billy Heyen (10-2)Night and daySyracuse 77, St. Bonaventure 61Syracuse’s loss to St. Bonaventure a year ago was legitimate, but the Bonnies are a vastly different team this year. They lost their two senior guards to graduation, and instead rely heavily on some freshmen to make plays that they aren’t quite ready to make consistently. The Orange shouldn’t have any trouble in going into ACC play with two-straight wins. The biggest key for SU, beyond just a win, will be continuing to “scratch the surface,” as Jim Boeheim said, on the offense it’ll need to be successful in conference play.Charlie DiSturco (9-3)What’s a Bonnie?Syracuse 68, St. Bonaventure 55AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is Syracuse’s last nonconference game, and one that’s a must win. With Frank Howard nearing 100 percent and the Orange trying to reconfigure its offense, Saturday is a perfect opportunity to gain some momentum entering ACC play. The Bonnies enter this matchup off a loss to Northeastern, a team SU beat by 23. The Orange should have no problem walking away with its second straight win.Matthew Gutierrez (8-4)Bonnie & ClydeSyracuse 70, St. Bonaventure 62All of this time off provides Syracuse a buffer. A buffer before the rigors of conference play, time to rest and reload and practices to maybe develop some scoring tactics. Senior point guard Frank Howard could use the days to continue to progress and get back to his former self. The Orange will win its final game of 2018 and get another week off before conference play starts Jan. 5 in South Bend, Indiana. Comments Published on December 28, 2018 at 10:44 amlast_img read more

Alem Begic from Srebrenica is a New European Champion

first_imgThe B&H boxer with a German passport, Alem Begic, won the title of a European champion in the light heavyweight category.This young man from Srebrenica defeated George Aduashvili from Georgia, last night in the German city of Regensburg.This was Begic’s 11th victory in as many matches, and his first professional performance was a year ago, in his hometown.“On this occasion, I would like to thank to my friends and fans across B&H and Europe. I am very pleased that I successfully managed to finish the match and win the European title last night. The opponent had a lot of experience, but I managed to knock him down in the 4th round. I successfully ended the match and became the European champion in the light heavyweight category,” said Begic. He thanked all the people from Srebrenica who had come to support him during the fight and added that he devotes this title to Srebrenica and its people.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more