​Vaping: E-Cigarettes Banned Wherever Smoking Is Prohibited

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Monday that will ban the use of e-cigarettes in every place that traditional cigarettes are barred across the state.

This new bill means vapes and e-cigs can no longer be used in restaurants, public parks, bars, most workplaces, and clubs. The ban, according to The New York Times, will go into effect in November.“These products are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but the reality is they also carry long-term risks to the health of users and those around them,” Cuomo said in a statement while announcing the new bill. “This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier New York for all.”

Like Cuomo said, long term studies on the ill effects of e-cigs are limited—however, there are a few health points of interest to know about these tobacco alternatives.

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E-cigs have been linked to lung disease

On Friday, UNC School of Medicine researchers released a study showing a direct link between e-cigs and certain lung diseases. The researchers found that e-cigs cause a “significant” increases in neutrophils, which can contribute to inflammatory lung diseases, such as COPD and cystic fibrosis.

As Harvard Health Publishing reported, many e-cigs contain a chemical compound called diacetyl, which is associated with a rare lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. According to the National Institutes of Health, those with bronchiolitis obliterans have damaged and inflamed bronchioles, which are the lung’s tiniest airways.

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Vaping can still be addictive
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Vaping can still be addictive

One randomized study found that the use of e-cigs were “modestly effective” at helping people quit traditional cigarettes by mitigating nicotine withdrawal—but another longitudinal, international study found that e-cigarette users did not quit more frequently than non-users, because nicotine is still present in e-cigs and vapes.

As the American Lung Association pointed out, a 2014 study showed wide-ranging inconsistencies between ingredients listed and those actually present in e-cigs, including varying levels of nicotine. “The more nicotine a person uses, the greater the potential for addiction,” the ALA wrote.

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E-cigs increase your risk of high blood pressure
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E-cigs increase your risk of high blood pressure

According to the Cleveland Clinic, using e-cigarettes and vapes can lead to increased heart rate and high blood pressure, which can put your health at risk.

According to a recent study by the European Lung Foundation, e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can directly cause a stiffening of the arteries in humans. “This has important implications for the use of e-cigarettes, as arterial stiffness is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in later life,” the researchers wrote. The effects can be seen just 30 minutes after a person smokes using an e-cig or vaporizer, the study’s authors wrote.

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E-cigs still emit second-hand smoke
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E-cigs still emit second-hand smoke

According to a study published in 2013, “e-cigarettes are not emission-free, and their pollutants could be of health concern for users and secondhand smokers.” The study found that ultra-fine particles formed from vapor, and can be deposited in the lung of non-smokers.

Source: ​Vaping: New York Bans E-Cigarettes Wherever Smoking Is Prohibited

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