Kentuckians with lower incomes are much more likely to try e-cigarettes, new poll shows

foundation for a healthy KYDespite warnings that e-cigarettes can be harmful, nearly 40 percent of Kentuckians age 18-45 have tried an e-cig, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). In fact, Kentuckians with lower incomes also were about 74 percent more likely to have tried vaping than those with higher incomes.

“Research suggests that e-cigs may be a gateway to using other forms of tobacco, and they can be just as harmful,” Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, said in a news release. “They expose users to toxic chemicals, including nicotine, which long has been proven to be addictive and responsible for a wide range of health issues. E-cigs are simply not a safe alternative to smoking, especially for young adults and nonsmokers.”

KHIP also asked opinions about the safety of e-cigarettes. About three in 10 Kentucky adults thought e-cigs were safer than tobacco cigarettes, and 19 percent thought they were less safe. A much larger proportion – 45 percent – thought there was no difference in safety between the two.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report in December 2016 stating that the use of e-cigarettes by youth and young adults often leads to cigarette smoking, other tobacco use and nicotine addiction, with all the health dangers associated with nicotine addiction. The agency raised concerns that e-cig marketers have been using tactics that attract youth and young adults and said that the incidence of this age group trying e-cigs doubled from 2013 to 2014, the latest date for which data was available. The U.S. Surgeon General has called the rising use of e-cigarettes among young adults a “major public health problem.”

To see the full KHIP report on e-smoking, please click here.


Conference planned to talk about Kentucky youth’s use of e-cigarettes

No Smoking SignA conference to understand e-cigarettes and their effects on young Kentucky residents will be held at the London Community Center in Laurel County on March 24.

The program, called “Project e-Prevent,” will look at evidence-based information regarding e-cigarettes, analyze the association between e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction, discuss policy recommendations from medical and scientific authorities, discuss e-cigarette laws and enforcement, and clarify 100-percent-tobacco-free school policy.

The program is free and offers continuing education credits, but registration is required by March 11. Click here to see the full agenda or to register, or call 606-864-1432 for additional information.


FDA is Considering New Regulations on E-Cigarettes to Protect Children

iStock_000042497036_SmallThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering new regulations on e-cigarettes and is asking for public input on nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine products. The FDA said that the increase in calls and visits to poison centers and emergency departments involving nicotine poisonings is prompting the agency to consider whether it should warn the public about the dangers of nicotine exposure or require that some products be sold in child-resistant packaging.

“Because liquid nicotine comes in a variety of bright colors and in flavors like cotton candy and gummy bear, it is no surprise that it has found its way into the hands of children, with tragic results,” said Sandra Hassink, American Academy of Pediatrics president.

According to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll, 24 percent of Kentucky adults and 41 percent of residents aged 18 to 29 reported using e-cigarettes.

To read more about the CDC campaign focusing on the dangers of e-cigarettes, click here.


Smokers Using E-Cigarettes Actually Less Likely to Quit Smoking

According to a new study published online in the American Journal of Public Health, people who use e-cigarettes are actually less likely to quit smoking than those who do not, prompting many more questions about whether these products actually help people quit smoking. “Based on the idea that smokers use e-cigarettes to quit smoking, we hypothesized that smokers who used these products would be more successful in quitting,” said Wael Al-Delaimy, professor and chief of the Division of Global Public Health in University of California-San Diego’s Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, which conducted the study. But this hypothesis is false, meaning that more studies are required to find out why these people can’t stop smoking and using other tobacco products.

According to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll ,24 percent of Kentucky adults and 41 percent of residents aged 18 to 29 reported using e-cigarettes.

To read more about the CDC campaign focusing on the dangers of e-cigarettes, click here.


Even Smokers Support FDA Tobacco Regulation, Poll Shows

Even Americans who smoke overwhelmingly support the FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco, according to a new poll conducted by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Eighty-one percent favor the authority – including 76 percent of smokers – while 72 percent said they favor FDA regulation of e-cigarettes. The results come via a telephone poll of 1,000 registered voters, conducted jointly by Public Opinion Strategies and The Mellman Group. For more, go online to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.


CDC’s Anti-Smoking Campaign Takes Aim at E-Cigarettes

The latest installment of anti-smoking advertisements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is focusing on the dangers of e-cigarettes. The ads will be similar to the “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign that began a few years ago, and will challenge the use of e-cigarettes as asmoking-cessation tool. According to the CDC, “If you only cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke by adding another tobacco product, like e-cigarettes, you still face serious health risks. Smokers must quit smoking completely to fully protect their health – even a few cigarettes a day are dangerous.” To read more about the CDC campaign, click here. To see some of the highlighted “Tips From Former Smokers,” click here.


Fewer Teenagers Smoking Cigarettes, but More Using E-Cigarettes

E-cigarette use is growing among teenagers, with three times more middle- and high-school students using the devices in 2014 than in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report did find a 25 percent decrease in use of cigarettes by teenagers, but CDC officials said the e-cigarette trend is unraveling the progress made on smoking in recent years. “This is another generation being hooked by the tobacco industry. It makes me angry,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. Check out The New York Times article here , or click here to read the article by HealthDay.

To read more about the CDC campaign focusing on the dangers of e-cigarettes, click here. To see some of the highlighted “Tips From Former Smokers,” click here.