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Safety fears over electronic cigarettes because they are 'unclean' and unregulated

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Health experts are demanding tighter controls on electronic cigarettes amid fears customers could be exposed to poisonous chemicals.

The nicotine vapour inhaler devices are not subject regulation, and fears are growing that people could be subjected to 'unclean' and 'unsafe' products.

The devices hit the headlines earlier this year when it emerged Standard Life had banned its employees from smoking 'e-cigs' at their desks.

 
Nicotine vapour inhalers are mostly imported from China and do not undergo inspections

Nicotine vapour inhalers are mostly imported from China and do not undergo inspections

Many of the electronic cigarette brands readily available in the UK are imported without control and inspection from other countries, including China.

E-cigs do not contain tobacco and therefore are not regulated by Tobacco Product Regulations, they are also not classed as medical devices so can not be regulated in the same way as other nicotine replacement products.

The devices, which can be charged through a computer USB port, were invented by a Chinese pharmacist in 2004.

Prof John Britton, chair of the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group, said that regulating e-cigarettes would ensure a 'guaranteed standard' for consumers was met.

He said: 'Electronic cigarettes have the potential to save thousands of lives, but the fact that they are unregulated is bad as it leaves people open to using unclean and unsafe products.

'Electronic cigarettes can not be seen as being as safe as other regulated nicotine replacement therapies which meet pharmaceutical standards, these products are tested and have additives in them that we know to be safe - e-cigarettes don't have this.

'The concept of nicotine replacement is powerful and good, but e-cigarettes are really testing this system - they are new and they are unregulated. Regulation would be useful and it would be nice to clean up the loopholes.

Prof John Britton said that regulating e-cigarettes would ensure a 'guaranteed standard' for consumers was met.

Prof John Britton said that regulating e-cigarettes would ensure a 'guaranteed standard' for consumers was met.

'At the moment electronic cigarettes may list the contents on the side of the packet, but there is no way of proving that this is the true content as there is no regulation.

'Electronic cigarettes are probably positive and if everyone switched to e-cigarettes it could potentially save millions of lives, but regulation would certainly be useful at this time,' he added.

A lack of regulation has led several countries, including Canada, Australia, and Singapore to ban the products because of fears over possible side-effects.

Jean King, Cancer Research UK's director of tobacco control, warned that e-cigarettes do not have the same safety standards as some other nicotine containing products.

She added: 'E-cigarettes are unlicensed products. This means there are no national safety standards or controls as to how they are sold.

'Also, little is known about their ingredients or the reliability of nicotine dosage. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is considering whether to regulate e-cigarettes and other new products that contain nicotine. At least until the MHRA reports back, Cancer Research UK does not recommend the use of e-cigarettes.'

SkyCig is the largest distributor of e-cigarettes in Scotland and has around 20,000 customers. A spokeswoman from the company said it estimated it replaced around 24 million tobacco cigarettes across the UK last year.

She added: 'We absolutely welcome tighter regulations on e-cigarette products. It will help the industry grow to its potential by only allowing the best products to be distributed.

'Our products have been evaluated by the Edinburgh Scientific Services and we are also working with hire quality standard associations which we cannot disclose at the time.'


'Electronic cigarettes may list the contents on the side of the packet, but there is no way of proving that this is the true content as there is no regulation.'

A typical electronic cigarette contains a nicotine cartridge, a vaporiser, with electronic circuitry and sensors and a battery.

Depending on the brand a cartridge may contain between 0-16mg of nicotine. The cartridge may contain additional chemicals, including propylene glycol, water and various flavourings.

On inhalation the cartridge is heated and a fine mist containing approximately 20 ingredients is produced. This mist is absorbed into the lungs, although some odourless vapour is released into the air as the smoker exhales.

Anti-tobacco group, ASH Scotland, warned that the lack of safety information on the cigarettes was a 'concern'.

Chief Executive, Sheila Duffy, said: 'Evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is limited and existing regulation of the product isn't consistent, which concerns us. We're awaiting a the results of research from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in Spring 2013, which will give more clarity on the harmfulness and efficacy of this product.

'Even more concerning, however, is that e-cigarettes also look like real cigarettes and are able to be used in many places where smoking is banned.

Tobacco is not a normal product - it kills half of its consumers if used as intended. As a society we have a responsibility to protect young people by moving away from giving the impression that smoking is a desirable thing to do.'

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2129550/Safety-fears-electronic-cigarettes-unclean-unregulated.html

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Bill Dispute Alerted Hotel to Secret Service and Prostitutes Cavorting, WH Official Says

A senior administration official briefed on the accusations against the Secret Service agents pulled from duty in Colombia tells ABC News that a heated argument between at least one of the alleged prostitutes and at least one of the Secret Service agents first alerted authorities of the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena to the cavorting between Secret Service agents and prostitutes.

The argument was a dispute over the bill for services rendered, the administration official said.

Hotel Caribe authorities went to investigate the ruckus and learned that there had been some activity between Secret Service agents and prostitutes, the senior administration official said.

Hotel authorities then went down to the reception desk to see who else of the American guests may have signed in female guests - call girls - for the evening.

Initially, this official said, that inspection led the hotel authorities to have questions about 22 Americans - 17 Secret Service agents and five special operations soldiers who were there to assist the Secret Service. Their names were reported to the lead U.S. military official on the ground.

That is not to say that all 22 men had hired prostitutes, the administration official underlined. Some of those about whom the hotel raised questions may merely have been attending a party and violating curfew. Eleven Secret Service agents have been sent back to the United States. The five U.S. special forces members remain in Colombia, per the request of the Secret Service.

The State Department says that adult prostitution is legal in designated "tolerance zones" in Colombia, though restricting the sex trade to those zones has been difficult. "Sexual tourism" is reportedly widespread in Cartagena and other coastal cities.

- Jake Tapper

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/bill-dispute-alerted-hotel-secret-prostitutes-cavorting-wh-230935048--abc-news-politics.html

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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Drinking Tea

By Kimi Harris, Mother Nature Network



A recent Australian study linked black tea to a modest lowering of blood pressure, and I thought it would be fun to share other possible health benefits of drinking tea.

1. Green tea has cancer-fighting properties: A catechin called EGCG found in green tea has been linked in various studies to a reduction in cancer rates. It may help in the reduction of the following types of cancer: bladder colon, esophagus, pancreas, rectum and stomach.

2. Green tea consumption linked to lower risk of coronary artery disease: In a Japanese study, researchers found that the more green tea you drink, the less chance you will have of developing coronary artery disease.

3. Green tea may reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes: "Green tea also lowers fibrinogen, which is a substance in the body that can cause clots and strokes." -- "150 Healthiest Foods on the Planet" by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D

4. Black tea may help soothe away the stresses of life: A 2010 study by UCL (University College London) found that those who drank a cup of black tea where able to de-stress faster when compared to those drinking a placebo.

5. Drinking green tea results in a modest reduction in breast cancer risk.

6. Rooibos (a caffeine-free, herbal tea) may reduce and treat metabolic diseases.

7. Rooibos and honeybush teas may help with skin cancer: In one study, rooibos and honeybush extracts suppressed skin cancers in mice, giving hope for a future in human studies.

8. Rooibos may be anti-aging: Or, at least a study done with quail found that it helped their egg production capabilities last longer. Since birds are a proposed animal for anti-aging studies, this holds hope that rooibos may help humans as well.

9. White tea was found to be more protective against oxidative stress when compared to green tea.

10. Rooibos tea (both red and green) were shown to have the highest protection for male fertility against oxidative stress: In a study that tested the oxidative stress reducing properties of supplements made from green tea, red rooibos, green rooibos, or Chinese green tea, rooibos extracts helped protect sperm health the most.

Drinking a variety of teas has been proven to be part of a healthy lifestyle. The sampling of studies above are just a drop in the bucket of a whole sea of research, which makes my tea-loving self feel very good.

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New Study: High-Fructose Corn Syrup May Be Worse for You Than Sugar

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

New Study: High-Fructose Corn Syrup May Be Worse for You Than SugarThe debate over whether high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is really worse for you than sugar is always popular and heated. Full disclosure: based on the available research, I usually land on the side that says there really is no difference. A sugar is a sugar is a sugar. Metabolic studies have shown that our bodies break down and use HFCS and sugar (sucrose) the same way.

But then I saw this new study-published online recently in the journal Metabolism-that suggests for the first time that there is a (slight) difference in the way the body processes HFCS and sugar.

Why does it matter? Fructose is metabolized by the body differently compared to glucose and other sugars-and thus may pose a greater health risk by affecting your appetite and your heart health.

In the study, researchers gave 40 men and women one of two drinks on their first visit: 24 ounces of Dr. Pepper sweetened with either HFCS or cane sugar (sucrose). Then they assessed whether the body absorbed more fructose from one sweetener than the other. On their second visit, study participants drank the opposite of what they received on their first visit.

Here's what the researchers found: after participants drank the HFCS-sweetened Dr. Pepper, their fructose blood levels were higher than when they drank the sugar-sweetened Dr. Pepper. But HFCS contains a higher percentage of fructose than sugar does (55 percent fructose compared to 50 percent in sugar)-and when the researchers took that into account the difference was no longer statistically significant.

So what does this mean for your sugar choices? I think it's still too early to draw conclusions. The study authors wrote: "To our knowledge, this is the first study to show that HFCS is more likely to cause acute adverse effects than sucrose." But this other quote from them is interesting food for thought and should be explored through further research: "Although the treatment effects…were small, the effects may increase with continued, chronic exposure to these sweeteners."

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Diet Soda Drinkers Have Increased Heart Attack Risk

How much diet do you drink?How much diet do you drink?Diet soda has already gotten a bad rap since it's been linked to packing on excess pounds. In fact, the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging found that after 10 years of observation, diet soda drinkers had 70 percent greater increases in waist measurements than those who abstained.

What's more, Northwestern University researchers found that people who are obese tend to consume more diet soda than the regular stuff, while a study from Purdue University suggests that artificial sweeteners, such as the ones found in diet soda, may actually make your metabolism less efficient.

Now a new study shows that downing diet soda isn't just bad for your waistline-it could also be a serious heart health hazard.

The latest research from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center suggests that daily diet soda drinkers may be at increased risk of suffering vascular "events"-and we're not talking about romantic interludes. Think stroke, heart attack and vascular death. While researchers were quick to point out that their results demanded further research, it is compelling that the data was collected from 2,564 participants over a decade-long period. Suddenly, that diet soda looks a lot more sinister.

But don't despair if you can't imagine parting with your favorite diet drink: The study also found that occasional consumption wasn't such a big deal. (We're talking imbibing between one a month and six a week.) What's more, non-sugar free soda drinkers were not more likely to suffer vascular events, giving credence to the idea that when you're going to treat yourself, ain't nothing like the real thing.

Bottom line: Next time you're hit with a craving for diet soda, be mindful of your waistline and heart-and remember "everything in moderation."

By Violet Owens

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