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8 Things You Should Know about E-Cigarettes
Beware of these misleading claims
 
1. Unknown risks: While much of the marketing of e-cigarettes has centered around the claim that vaping products are a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, the jury is still out on that. In fact, California recently became the first state in the nation to issue a health warning about their “toxicity” and advised residents not to smoke them. The FDA, which will be issuing new regulations surrounding e-cigarettes, maintains that the risks associated with e-cigarettes have not been fully studied. At issue is the nicotine in the products and the chemicals in the vapor that is emitted. 
 
2. Potentially poisonous liquid: A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that the number of calls to poison centers regarding liquids containing nicotine used in e-cigarettes is dramatically rising. More than half involved children under 5 and 42 percent involved consumers aged 20 and over. “The report shows that e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine have the potential to cause immediate adverse health effects and represent an emerging public health concern,” the CDC said. Callers reported vomiting, nausea and eye irritation. https://www.truthinadvertising.org/seven-things-know-e-cigarettes/njoylarge/
 
3. Court challenges: Several e-cigarette companies have been hit with lawsuits alleging deceptive advertising claims, including one major e-cigarette manufacturer in the U.S., Njoy. The suit, filed by a California consumer, alleges that the Arizona-based company uses deceptive tactics to market its products as safe though the e-cigarettes contain some of the same carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes.
 
4. Marketing to kids: Though the FDA said it will extend agency oversight to e-cigarettes, the products are not bound by the same advertising restrictions that regular tobacco cigarettes must follow. Concerned that companies are taking advantage of this, U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to ban the marketing of e-cigarettes — which come in a variety of flavors, such as grape and bubble gum, and have been endorsed by such stars as Bruno Mars and Jenny McCarthy — to children. A recent FDA report found that while the number of kids smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes is down, the number using other tobacco products such as e-cigarettes has risen dramatically. In 2014, the number of children trying e-cigarettes for the first time surpassed the number of children using any other type of tobacco product, according to the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) conducted by the CDC and FDA. The FDA said while e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, “research has clearly demonstrated that exposure to nicotine at a young age increases the chance that kids will become addicted.”
 
5. Scams: E-cigarette companies are out in force – proliferating especially on the Internet — trying to capitalize on consumer interest, some offering free trials and special deals. But many of these special deals are not deals at all and hundreds of consumers say they’ve gotten ripped off, with companies repeatedly charging their credit cards and wiping out their bank accounts. Federal officials have received more than 600 complaints from consumers about scams involving e-cigarette companies.
 
6. Smoking cessation claims: Any product claiming to be a smoking-cessation device must have approval from the FDA and the FDA has not yet issued any guidance or regulation on what constitutes e-cigarettes and “therapeutic” claims. So be wary.
 
7. Bans on e-cigarettes: And while we are talking about claims to be wary of, add this to the list. Though many e-cigarette marketers say the products can be smoked anywhere, which may have been true at one point, it’s not anymore. Dozens of local municipalities, big cities and states are banning their use in public areas. Hawaii has banned e-cigarette and tobacco cigarette sales to minors.
 
8. Europe takes strong steps: The European Parliament approved a ban on the marketing of e-cigarettes, warning labels on the packaging, and a limit on the amount of nicotine in the products and regulators in the U.K. have a host of restrictions on the marketing of the products and have already started banning some advertisements.
 
Read more of TINA.org’s coverage of e-cigarettes here.
 
This story was originally published on 3/24/14 and has been updated several times. 
 

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Keep your skin glowing this monsoon
Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing in this weather from Aakriti Kochar, beauty and make-up expert, Oriflame India
 
Change in weather during the monsoon means a change in one's skin care regime. With oiliness, dehydration and acne being the main problems to deal with, prepare your skin during the challenging summer months this year with some helpful tips.
 
Dust particles easily tend to settle on your skin which eventually damages the regular soft and toned look your skin possesses. Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing in this weather from Aakriti Kochar, beauty and make-up expert, Oriflame India.
 
* Dampness and humidity clogs your skin pores which does not let it breathe. The idea is to keep it clean and exfoliated, so that the dead cells do not settle and block the skin pores. Exfoliate your skin twice a week with a gentle exfoliator or mask depending on your skin type.
 
* Keep your skin clean to avoid any fungal infection, which can occur quickly during this time. The skin should be properly cleaned three to four times a day with non-soapy face washes. This helps in removing excessive oil and dirt from the skin pores and helps it breathe.
 
* Use a toner each time you wash your face to close the pores and restore your skin's pH balance. An anti-bacterial toner will prevent skin breakouts and infections.
 
* Moisturising your face is equally important. Use a light lotion-based moisturiser or serum, which will gently rehydrate your skin.
 
* Don't think that rain or cold weather automatically means you can't get burned. Use a sunscreen even on a cloudy day. This will help you in staying away from ultraviolet rays.
 
* Avoid heavy makeup during monsoons. Maintain your natural charm and glow and go for water-proof make up products. Also, make sure that you are storing your make up products hygienically in a cool and dry place.

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India announces $1 billion aid for rebuilding Nepal
India on Thursday announced an aid of $1 billion for rebuilding Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced at an international donors meet here.
 
The aid will be used in the reconstruction of physical infrastructure as well as some key heritage sites.
 
At the International Conference on Nepal's Reconstruction, Swaraj said: "Nepal is not alone. Today I convey to you the deep and abiding commitment of the government of India and 1.25 billion people of India to stand shoulder to shoulder with you."
 
Referring to the operation India undertook to help Nepal soon after it was hit by a massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake in April, Swaraj said: "Operation Maitri was our largest ever disaster assistance effort abroad valued at nearly Rs.400 billion."
 
"From the debris of destruction a stronger united and more confident Nepal will rise," she said.
 
Swaraj hailed Nepal's efforts in making a major bid to rebuild the nation and said raising $6.7 billion was a challenging task.
 
"As the oldest and closest friend, India is ready to stand with Nepal," she said.

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