7 lung deaths related to e-cigarettes in the United States - could South Africa be next?

South Africa might face a similar health problem as the US as e-cigarettes are sold here without regulation. This lack of regulation has resulted in a proliferation of outlets selling these products without providing basic information such as the ingredients and the impact of e-cigarettes. With over 300 000 e-cigarettes users in South Africa, how can we stop it from happening here? The burning question is how were e-cigarettes allowed into the market without them being tested or regulated first? Could this lack of regulation mean that South Africa pays little attention to the health and protection of consumers? 98 countries have already regulated e-cigarettes; including their advertising, pa


This follows multiple deaths linked to vaping in the United States. CAPE TOWN - Government needs to put out e-cigarettes: that’s what the National Council Against Smoking is hoping for. It wants e-cigarettes to be better regulated. This follows multiple deaths linked to vaping in the United States. The draft tobacco bill, which was released for public comment last year, included the regulation of e-cigarettes. The council’s Savera Kalideen said: “More than 90 countries have regulated e-cigarettes, and some have started banning them. We should expect South Africa to join those 90 countries and regulate e-cigarettes.” This article originally appeared at the Eyewitness News website link: https:

The dangers of “vape lung” in South Africa

Vaping is a common practice among South African teenagers, with many parents allowing their children to smoke nicotine-free e-cigarettes, believing them to be safer than tobacco, according to a report in the Sunday Times. According to the report, regulation to control the use of e-cigarettes is in development, but there has been little progress made on the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Bill in the last year. The National Council Against Smoking observed that the number of e-cigarette retailers has quickly expanded in this unregulated environment, despite the reported health risks. “There is plenty of evidence already to show that e-cigarettes are harmfu

No vape-related deaths reported in SA

JOHANNESBURG - No vaping-related deaths have been reported yet in South Africa according to the National Council Against Smoking. We're listening! Tell us what you think about Microsoft News Health authorities across the world have been flagging concerns about vaping potentially leading to death. Nine people have died in the US of vaping-related deaths. Some states there have already imposed bans on flavoured e-cigarettes, while India has made a similar announcement. According to the US Centre for Disease Control, as of last week, there have been 530 confirmed and probable cases of lung injuries related to e-cigarettes in that country. But is vaping is really to blame? Kabir Kaleechurn of Va

Death of vaping: These countries have banned e-cigarettes

Soon, South Africa may have no choice but to join the fight in preventing the production, sale and use of e-cigarettes. Once a popular trend among smokers, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, were, at one point, the answer to a lot of social problems caused by combustible cancer sticks. However, after India announced, on Wednesday, that it was hopping onto the bandwagon in banning e-cigarettes, it is clear now that the global death of vaping is imminent. What are e-cigarettes and how different are they regular cigarettes? An e-cigarette is a handheld, battery-powered vaporiser that simulates smoking. It contains nicotine and other chemical makeups of combustible cigarettes which enhance

Setting the record straight: Tax stamps work

We read with some amusement the article “SARS’s track plan might not work,” that appeared in the Sowetan on 10 September 2019. The article is disconcerting on many levels. SARS is indeed poised to implement a track and trace system for tobacco products. That much is true. Such systems are endorsed by the World Health Organisation, law enforcement agencies and pretty much anyone who knows anything about tackling the illicit trade problem. So, when a publication simply publishes sound bites from a party that is inherently biased (like BAT), the record must be set straight. The article does remind us that it is a heartening indicator that SARS is indeed on the right track, and SARS should conti

India bans e-cigarettes after government passes emergency order

India's cabinet has approved a ban on the import, production and sale of e-cigarettes, the country's finance minister said, citing a public health risk to young people from "vaping". The government of Narendra Modi approved an emergency order, drawn up by the health ministry, that could see first-time offenders jailed for up to a year and fined 100,000 rupees (£1,100). Simply possessing e-cigarettes or similar devices will also be an offence, health minister Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet, punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of up to 50,000 rupees (£550). Speaking at a news conference in Delhi on Wednesday, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the decision had been taken b


The Food and Drug Administration barred the use of pulegone as a food additive after receiving petitions from health and environmental groups. LONDON - A cancer-causing compound banned by US regulators last year as a food additive has been found at potentially dangerous levels in mint and menthol-flavoured e-cigarette liquids and smokeless tobacco products, researchers said on Monday. The findings, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, provided the latest evidence about health concerns related to e-cigarettes. Federal health officials are investigating lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes and vaping products tied to six US deaths. The levels of pulegone, a carcinogenic constituen

New York Declares ‘Emergency’ Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

“Vaping is dangerous,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference. “It’s addicting millions of young people to nicotine at a very early age.” Jason Conwall, a spokesman for the governor, said the ban would cover thousands of flavors of e-cigarettes and vaping liquid like mango, bubble gum and cotton candy. Mint, a popular flavor among young people, would be included in the ban. However, menthol and tobacco flavors, which are used mostly by adults, wouldn’t be. Bloomberg TicToc @tictoc “Vaping is dangerous, period.” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a press conference Sunday announced executive action to curb e-cigarette use in the state Sent via Twitter Web App. View original tweet.

What did this former Sars official know about Big Tobacco’s dodgy dealings?

State capture was a godsend for tobacco dealers, writes former Sars official Johann van Loggerenberg in his latest book, which may shed new light on one of the industry’s most popular campaigns. In 2018, Bhekisisa and the Mail & Guardian published a piece questioning the tactics of the #TakeBackTheTax campaign and the data on which it was based — produced by an industry-funded Ipsos study. Industry body the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (Tisa) maintained that the campaign was not linked in any way to the Tobacco Control Bill introduced earlier that year. In his new book, Tobacco Wars: Inside the spy games and dirty tricks of southern Africa’s cigarette trade, former South African Rev

American Lung Association warns e-cigarettes are not safe following 6 deaths

Yesterday the American Lung Association warned the public that e-cigarettes are not safe and can cause irreversible lung damage and disease. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US says that more than 450 cases of severe lung disease linked to the use of e-cigarettes have been reported.Symptoms include breathing difficulties, shortness of breath and sometimes chest pain before patients were hospitalized. Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue, while in hospital, patients experience pneumonia and respiratory failure. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has collected 120 samples to try and identify the chemical that is the cause of the illnesses. The

The Mysterious Vaping Illness That’s ‘Becoming an Epidemic’

© Intermountain Healthcare An X-ray of a patient with a vaping habit, showing lung damage — densities or whitish cloud-like areas typically associated with some pneumonias, fluid in the lungs or inflammation. An 18-year-old showed up in a Long Island emergency room, gasping for breath, vomiting and dizzy. When a doctor asked if the teenager had been vaping, he said no. The patient’s older brother, a police officer, was suspicious. He rummaged through the youth’s room and found hidden vials of marijuana for vaping. “I don’t know where he purchased it. He doesn’t know,” said Dr. Melodi Pirzada, chief pediatric pulmonologist at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, N.Y., who treated the young man.

Cases of vape-related lung damage rise to at least 149

Cases have been reported in at least 15 states from coast to coast but mostly in the Midwest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reportedWednesday that there are 149 possible cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping in 15 states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. The only thing linking the cases is that the patients all reported using vaping products that contain either nicotine or THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. In addition to the cases reported by the CDC, NBC News reached out to state health departments and physicians nationwide, a

LETTER: Tobacco sector calls the shots It is time we stopped allowing a malign industry to dictate p

Your article on the pushback against the need for new tobacco legislation refers “Tobacco industry opposes laws to curb smoking” (July 29). The public opinion is supposedly represented by a survey commissioned by a tobacco company. I expect journalists to be more discerning than that. A survey commissioned by an interested party is not a plausibly independent view of the public’s opinions. It is implausible that a large proportion of the public would see tobacco tax fraud as a major issue — it is not something on which most are informed. This indicates a poll designed to push a particular point of view. I moved to Australia in 2002; at the time SA’s tobacco regulation was ahead of that in A

Contaminant found in marijuana vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses, tests show

State and federal health officials investigating mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping have found the same chemical in samples of marijuana products used by people sickened in different parts of the country and who used different brands of products in recent weeks. The chemical is an oil derived from vitamin E. Investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the oil in cannabis products in samples collected from patients who fell ill across the United States. FDA officials shared that information with state health officials during a telephone briefing this week, according to several officials who took part in the call. That same chemical was also found in nearly all cannabi

At least five dead in US from vaping-related lung disease

At least five people have died in the United States after vaping, officials said Friday, in an outbreak that has sickened hundreds with severe pulmonary disease and left several teens in induced comas. Federal officials said that no single substance has been found to be present in all the laboratory samples being examined, however investigators in New York said they were now focusing on black market cannabis e-cigarette products containing vitamin E oil. On Friday, local health authorities in California and Minnesota announced the vaping-related deaths of two individuals, both older and in relatively poor health, at least one of whom had used products containing THC, the principal psychoacti