California Takes A Strong Stand Against E-Cigarettes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity.

The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine but acknowledges that more research needs to be done to determine the immediate and long-term health effects. “E-cigarettes are not as harmful as conventional cigarettes, but e-cigarettes are not harmless” said California Health Officer Ron Chapman. “They are not safe.”

New generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated, Chapman said. Last year, 17 percent of high school seniors reported using e-cigarettes, known as vaping, according to the report.

“Without action, it is likely that California’s more than two decades of progress to prevent and reduce traditional tobacco use will erode as e-cigarettes re-normalize smoking behavior,” the report says.

E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine into inhalable vapor without the tar and other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. A cartridge of nicotine can cost anywhere from $5 to $20 dollars and can be reused over extended period of times.

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Arizona Monitoring 1,000 People After Potential Measles Exposure

PHOENIX (AP) — A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California’s Disney parks is at risk of dramatically increasing in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people in the state’s most populous areas.

The number includes nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area urgent care center. Those who weren’t vaccinated have been confined to their homes for 21 days, a standard health practice. Some adults have been asked to wear masks if going out in public.

State Health Services director Will Humble says it’s possible but unlikely that the outbreak in Arizona can be contained. Arizona has seven confirmed cases.

Maricopa County officials say an Arizona woman who unknowingly had measles visited an urgent care center last week, possibly exposing nearly 200 children. —> Read More Here

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