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It seems that vaping isn't as hot these days. As authorities have blamed the recent rash of lung injuries and deaths on products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the use of nicotine-based e-cigarettes such as Juul has skyrocketed.
Once only popular among a handful of people, vaping has now become a trend in pop culture. It was even named "word of the year" by Oxford Dictionaries for 2014.
In response to this increase in popularity, states including Michigan are initiating bans on flavored vape products or all e-cigs altogether to save children from running into trouble with drugs later down the road.
To dispel all this misinformation about vaping and vaping industries, here are the top 5 myths associated with the industry.
- Vaping Isn't Regulated
The vaping industry is not going unnoticed, with some experts and activists urging government action to regulate e-cigarettes. "We must not stand by while e-cigarette use continues to go unregulated," according to the president of the American Medical Association in a recent statement. The Kansas state health official also urged people to know what's inside these products since they are currently unmonitored.
But contrary to the erroneous notions, vaping is currently under the Food and Drug Administration's regulation. Vape products sold in vape stores had to abide by the rules and guidelines of the FDA when a legislative ruling granted the FDA regulatory control in 2016. That's why it's better to purchase products from the best vape shop in Charlotte, Nevada, and several other cities in the US.
- Vaping Causes As Much Harm As Traditional Cigarettes
According to a Reuters poll, a growing number of Americans believe that vaping is as unhealthy as smoking. This impression might be reinforced by the actions of retailers like Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, and Kroger, which have halted sales while continuing to sell traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. The New York Post warned that "Vaping might be more dangerous than smoking" in reporting on a 2018 study published by the American Journal of Physiology.
That study's investigators, though, observed that their data "aligned with the evidence of the less toxic effect of e-cig vapor compared with tobacco smoke." What does this mean? E-cigarettes do have some side effects, but they virtually spare users exposure to carbon monoxide, tar, and about 7000 chemicals that account for cigarettes' lethality.
- It Results in 'Popcorn Lung'
The notion of e-cigarettes causing "popcorn lung" originates from a 2016 Harvard study where researchers detected diacetyl in samples. Popcorn lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, is a rare condition that can cause irreversible airway obstruction, resulting from severe damage to the bronchioles.
The association between this disease and e-cigarette use has been questioned because of conflicting information in recent studies. However, other organizations such as the American Lung Association have not hesitated to emphasize this connection in a published article known as "Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes."
Furthermore, the Harvard researchers did not explicitly link e-cigarette use with popcorn lung. However, there may still be significant respiratory risks for those who regularly inhale chemicals from flavorings like diacetyl.
- E-cigs Aren't Alternatives to Smoking
In America, it's become commonplace for smokers to use e-cigarettes to quit. However, Smokefree.gov by the National Cancer Institute suggests that people use other FDA-approved methods of quitting instead of vaping devices. The smoke-termination website of California didn't spare any words when it wrote, "E-Cigarettes: Not a Quit Tool!"
In contrast to the US, in Britain, nearly 900 smokers joined in a recent randomized trial looking at the effectiveness of e-cigarettes compared with other nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum.
One year later, 18% of former e-cigarette smokers were no longer active users (compared to 10% for people who aren't e-cig users), suggesting that it may be an effective way to quit smoking altogether.
- Vaping Devices Are Smoking Gateways
After the FDA put out a video featuring magician Julius Dein transforming an e-cigarette into a cigarette, many publications made claims that there was, in fact, a "gateway" effect. The latest study to back up this theory found that teens who vape are five times as likely to try cigarettes than those who don't use either product.
Despite their rigor, studies cannot fully account for "common liability." The idea is that certain people are simply more likely than others to engage in risky behaviors. Some youth may have tried smoking anyway; they just happened to use e-cigarettes first. Despite this fact, experts can't help but question whether or not vaping has a different effect on kids who already smoke cigarettes and those who don't.
Vaping Devices Are Smoking Gateways. Photo by Jonathan Cooper on Unsplash
With all the misinformation, it can be hard to know what is true about vaping and what isn't. That's why we've set out these top five myths to dispel the mystery and clear the air about vaping so that you have a better understanding of how this industry works.
Hopefully, this list helps you clear any fears you may have had about vaping and vape products. If not, let us know in the comments below. Or do you know of any other misconceptions? Let's talk in the comments section.
Keywords: Vaping, e-cigarettes, vape products, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), nicotine
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in polls. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli to list the petition urgently, against the backdrop of the ongoing election process. He contended that nomination for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has started, and the political parties and candidates are brazenly violating the top court judgments.
After briefly hearing Upadhyay, the bench said: "We will consider it... will give a date".
The plea argued that allowing criminals to stand for election threatens democracy and secularism. | Wikipedia
The plea claimed that the cause of action for filing the plea arose after the Samajwadi Party fielded alleged gangster Nahid Hasan from Kairana but neither published his criminal records in electronic, print and social media nor the reason for his selection within 48 hours. On February 13, last year, Shamli police imposed the Gangster Act on Nahid Hasan, who is a two-time MLA from Kairana. "He (Hasan) has multiple criminal cases and is the 'mastermind' behind the Hindu exodus from Kairana. There are many criminal cases including fraud and extortion, and he was declared a fugitive by Special MLA-MP Court," the plea said.
The plea argued that the consequences of permitting criminals to contest and become legislators are extremely serious for democracy and secularism. The plea sought a direction to the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that every political party publishes the details regarding criminal cases of each candidate along with the reason for such selection on the homepage of its official website in bold letters within 48 hours in the spirit of top court orders passed on September 25, 2018, and February 2, 2020. (IANS/ MBI)
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There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest.Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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