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Pushing the tobacco age to 21 is good, but it's not enough

It is universally acknowledged that smoking leads to premature disease and death. Yet, 1 billion people worldwide, including 38 million adults in the U.S. continue to smoke. It's not because they are oblivious to the dangers of smoking, but because their addiction smothers all prudent consideration of the adverse health effects of tobacco use. Most people become addicted to nicotine when they are teenagers. That's why it's imperative that we do all that we can to deter early nicotine addiction in youth. Initiatives to raise the national sales age for tobacco products to 21 deserve serious consideration by the Congress.

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Scientists Wanted: Recruited by Juul, Many Researchers Say No

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Alex Carll of the Envirome Institute was presenting his research about the impact of e-cigarette smoke on mouse hearts at an American Heart Association conference when a man from Juul Labs approached him and started asking questions.

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Study finds e-cig flavors can damage cardiovascular cells

E-cigarette flavors can damage the cells that line your blood vessels and perhaps your heart health down the line, according to a new study of human cells in the lab. The study, co-written by Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, Director of the Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville, published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, adds to growing evidence that the flavored "e-liquids" used in vapes can hinder human cells' ability to survive and function. The authors say these changes, some observed in the absence of nicotine, are known to play a role in heart disease.

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FDA funds e-cigarette research at University of Louisville

There are a lot of questions when it comes to vaping and its health effects. The FDA funded research being conducted at UofL.

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DW's The Day with Drs Alex Carll and Aruni Bhatnagar

Smoking Kills - What About Vaping? E-cigarettes have been touted as a way to cut back on tobacco intake. "Vaping" as it's known is increasingly popular with smokers. But are e-cigarettes actually less harmful than the average tobacco product? DW's Sumi Somaskanda talks with Aruni Bhatnagar and Alex Carll, two experts on the effects of vaping.

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