TechnologyTrump wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes as concern grows about vaping
Michigan set to become first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes
The ban, which comes at the direction of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, would last six months.
President Donald Trump stepped up the US government's action against e-cigarette manufacturers Wednesday. Health concerns over vaping have increased in recent months amid an outbreak of serious that may be related to using e-cigarettes.
This comes two days after the Food and Drug Administration sent a over the company's marketing practices that included telling students that e-cigs were "totally safe."
Michigan is the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that the state will ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in an attempt to curb youth vaping, which the US surgeon general calls an "epidemic." While cities such as San Francisco have recently put similar restrictions in place, Michigan is the first state to declare a ban. The ban will go into effect as soon as the rules are fully determined, which will likely happen within the next 30 days. This stopgap measure will last for six months and can be renewed for another six months while legislators define and pass a permanent solutions.
The President's administration will look to ban all non-tobacco flavored vaping products according to a report fromWednesday. reported President Trump called vaping a "problem."
"We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it," the president said Wednesday in the White House.
The FDA sent a letter to e-cigarette manufacturer Juul on Monday after it found the company was marketing its products as safe than tobacco without authorization from the agency. The also is looking into Juul's marketing.
In August, the Center for Disease Control opened a probe on vaping in August after more than .
The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
E-cigarette: New cancer risk discovered
With twelve users of e-cigarettes, the US researchers searched for the gas formaldehyde in the air. The substance is constantly released into the environment in small quantities. In the vapor of e-cigarettes, however, the concentration is much higher. The researchers suspected that some of it might get stuck in the body.Natural Test Environment
Earlier studies had indicated increased formaldehyde levels in the vapor of e-cigarettes. However, at that time the so-called liquids, with which the e-cigarettes are filled, evaporated under enormous temperatures. Such heat not only creates an unpleasant taste, the calculated values are also unrealistic.
Dr. Vera Samburova and her team therefore strived for the most natural possible environment: their testers used their own e-cigarettes and used their usual liquids. Also, the duration of the steaming and inhaling was left to the test persons.
"We have seen that the concentration of formaldehyde in the exhaled air after vaporizing is one hundred times lower than in the freshly generated vapor of the e-cigarette," says lead author Dr. Samburova. "This indicates that a significant amount of the substance gets stuck in the user's airways." She's likely to be absorbed by the body, the scientist believes.Do values exceed the "safe" concentration?
Formaldehyde is a substance used in the chemical industry, such as textile manufacturing. However, the substance also arises when the chemical constituents of the liquid in e-cigarettes decompose at higher temperatures. From plants, formaldehyde is released into the air in very small quantities as a metabolite.
Since 2016, formaldehyde in the EU has been considered a hazardous substance that is likely to cause cancer in humans. There is currently no limit to the concentration in the vapor of e-cigarettes. Only in the room air is the concentration of the substance regulated. Only 0.1 milliliter per cubic meter of space is considered a safe concentration indoors. The e-cigarette smoker exposes his airways to much higher concentrations.E-cigarette turnover explodes
Although the exact impact of e-cigarettes on the body has not yet been explored, fallow sales continue to increase. The association of e-cigarette trade posted 2010 still a turnover of 10 million euros - 2016 it was 420 million euros.
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