Sign in to read: public misled over fire-safe cigarettes — 21 december 2002 — new scientist

THE tobacco industry misled the public and legislators over cigarettes designed to pose less of a fire hazard, internal industry documents reveal. Manufacturers stated publicly that the cigarettes would not sell, even though their own research showed smokers couldn’t tell them apart from regular cigarettes.

In all countries where data is available, cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths. In the US alone, a thousand people are killed each year in smoking related fires, and a third of them are not the smoker responsible. At the beginning of January 2003, New York state will achieve a world first by introducing fire safety regulations for cigarettes to combat the problem.

Efforts to make cigarettes less likely to cause a fire began in the 1970s when the industry tested prototypes with different tobacco blends, fire resistant additives and low porosity paper that restricted the amount of oxygen reaching the burning tobacco. All the cigarettes …

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Importance Electronic cigarette (e cigarette) use is increasing rapidly among adolescents, and e cigarettes are currently unregulated.

Objective To examine e cigarette use and conventional cigarette smoking.

Design, Setting, and Participants Cross sectional analyses of survey data from a representative sample of US middle and high school students in 2011 (n 17 353) and 2012 (n 22 529) who completed the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

Exposures Ever and current e cigarette use.

Main Outcomes and Measures Experimentation with, ever, and current smoking, and smoking abstinence.

Results Among cigarette experimenters ( 1 puff), ever e cigarette use was associated with higher odds of ever smoking cigarettes ( 100 cigarettes odds ratio OR 6.31 95% CI, 5.39 7.39) and current cigarette smoking (OR 5.96 95% CI, 5.67 6.27). Current e cigarette use was positively associated with ever smoking cigarettes (OR 7.42 95% CI, 5.63 9.79) and current cigarette smoking (OR 7.88 95% CI, 6.01 10.32). In 2011, current cigarette smokers who had ever used e cigarettes were more likely to intend to quit smoking within the next year (OR 1.53 95% CI, 1.03 2.28). Among experimenters with conventional cigarettes, ever use of e cigarettes was associated with lower 30 day (OR 0.24 95% CI, 0.21 0.28), 6 month (OR 0.24 95% CI, 0.21 0.28), and 1 year (OR 0.25 95% CI, 0.21 0.30) abstinence from cigarettes. Current e cigarette use was also associated with lower 30 day (OR 0.11 95% CI, 0.08 0.15), 6 month (OR 0.11 95% CI, 0.08 0.15), and 1 year (OR 0.12 95% CI, 0.07 0.18) abstinence. Among ever smokers of cigarettes ( 100 cigarettes), ever e cigarette use was negatively associated with 30 day (OR 0.61 95% CI, 0.42 0.89), 6 month (OR 0.53 95% CI, 0.33 0.83), and 1 year (OR 0.32 95% CI, 0.18 0.56) abstinence from conventional cigarettes. Current e cigarette use was also negatively associated with 30 day (OR 0.35 95% CI, 0.18 0.69), 6 month (OR 0.30 95% CI, 0.13 0.68), and 1 year (OR 0.34 95% CI, 0.13 0.87) abstinence.

Conclusions and Relevance Use of e cigarettes was associated with higher odds of ever or current cigarette smoking, higher odds of established smoking, higher odds of planning to quit smoking among current smokers, and, among experimenters, lower odds of abstinence from conventional cigarettes. Use of e cigarettes does not discourage, and may encourage, conventional cigarette use among US adolescents.