E-cigarettes: Safe to Vape?

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Advertising claims by e-cigarette companies call the products “healthy” and “harmless” with “no chemicals,” but a CEH report this month found high levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the majority of nearly 100 e-cigarettes tested. Are e-cigarettes posing an addiction risk to an entire new generation? We talk with addiction specialist Dr. Sheldon Weinberg, and hear an excerpt of a talk by tobacco control expert Dr. Stanton Glantz.

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Dr. Sheldon Weinberg is a psychologist with over 35 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment. He has treated more than 4,000 patients for alcohol or drug dependency and more than 2,000 for depression.

Dr. Stanton Glantz is the American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control at the University of California at San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. He was one of the people who first argued that controlling youth access to tobacco products was not an effective tobacco control strategy and was one of the first people to identify the importance of young adults (not just teens) as targets for the tobacco industry and efforts at smoking cessation and tobacco use prevention. He is the author of 4 books and over 300 scientific papers, including the first major review which identified involuntary smoking as a cause of heart disease and the landmark July 19, 1995 issue of JAMA on the Brown and Williamson documents, which showed that the tobacco industry knew for 60 years that nicotine was addictive and that smoking caused cancer. Hear the full Collaborative on Health and the Environment webinar with Dr. Glantz on “Tobacco: Science, Policy, and Prospects” at http://www.healthandenvironment.org/partnership_calls/17385 .

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