Electronic cigarette retailer ECigaretteDirect.co.uk says hundreds of jobs could be lost if the EU is successful in imposing tighter regulation on products containing nicotine. The Swansea based firm which itself employs 14 people at its distribution centre and high street stores, has joined a growing Europe wide lobby against a Brussels proposal to class e-cigs as medicines in the same way as nicotine gums and patches which help smokers quit. E-cigarettes contain nicotine but vaporise waste products and manufacturers claim they are an alternative to standard tobacco cigarettes which produce damaging tar and smoke as well as help smokers cut down or quit.
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Chicagoans help on electronic cigarettes study
As the safety debate drags on, researchers here in Chicago have been charged with a different task. Robin Mermelstein, UIC health behavior researcher: We know very little about e cigarettes. They are increasingly popular. So there is a desperate need for us to learn more about why people are using them, what theyre getting out of them and what people think about them. University of Illinois at Chicago health behavior researcher Robin Mermelstein and her team have been awarded a $2.3 million federal grant to investigate how young adults use alternative smoking products. Robine Mermelstein: People might use it as a type of a replacement and transition all the way from traditional combustible cigarettes to these non-combustible e cigarettes.
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