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How Vaping Affects Your Health – Common Misconceptions

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Last year we saw the rise of the Juul and an enormous amount of media coverage surrounding the safety of vapes. On top of that, the FDA is considering a flavour ban on e-liquids and there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the health effects vaping will have long term. Thankfully, there’s plenty of research going into the effects e-cigarettes have on the human body and how they differ from conventional smoking.

“How safe is vaping?”

One of the main concerns many people have over vaping is that it’s still a relatively new product, the first e-cigarettes were released back in 2003, as such there are currently few long term studies. However, there has been plenty of research into how they stack up against combustible cigarettes. In the UK, governing health bodies like the National Health Service (NHS) and Public Health England (PHE) endorse e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation method. Their studies have found vaping is 95% safer than smoking.

“Does vaping cause cancer?”

As both smoking and vaping involve the inhalation of a substance (in one instance, smoke, the other is vapour) many people perceive the health implications to be the same. In practice, they’re totally different. Smoking combustible cigarettes exposes both the smoker and bystanders to 7000 chemicals, 250 of which are bad for your health and 69 of which cause cancer. Another reason for the confusion is the fact that both contain nicotine but that’s where the similarities stop.

Nicotine on its own doesn’t cause cancer, it’s the combination of chemicals in cigarette smoke that does. PG and VG, the two other main ingredients in e-liquid, have been classified as safe. Both are used in food and PG is used in asthma inhalers. The other factor is that vaping is the heating of a liquid into an aerosol rather than actually burning anything, meaning there’s no ash or smoke. Both the ash and smoke (as well as the thousands of other chemicals) are what make smoking so harmful to your health.

“Can vaping give you popcorn lung?

This issue was raised when e-liquids contained an ingredient called diacetyl, something used to give a buttery flavour. It’s been linked to ‘popcorn lung’ – the technical term being bronchiolitis obliterans. The name popcorn lung stems from workers in popcorn factories developing the disease after dealing with the chemical for extended periods.

Despite the concern, studies have found cigarettes have higher levels of diacetyl than e-cigarettes to. To avoid it altogether your best bet is to buy vape liquids from reliable retailers who don’t stock liquids with diacetyl.

“Vaping creates formaldehyde.”

With so many studies going on, it can be confusing to know which ones accurately represent the conditions under which someone would vape. In 2018, studies were released indicating e-cigarettes released formaldehyde. The reality is that in order for an e-cigarette to produce anything other than vapour, it would need to be used under “dry burn conditions”. This occurs when the coil, the part responsible for heating e-liquid, can’t absorb the liquid fast enough and the metal burns instead of heating liquid and in turn releases particulates.

Using an e-cigarette under these conditions would also result in a burned, unpleasant flavour and harsh feeling in the throat. No one would naturally vape in this way and in order to achieve this the wattage would have to be too high and the e-cigarette dragged on for 3 or more seconds for it to happen.

“Why do vapes explode?”

In 2018, a man died from a vape battery exploding while he was using his e-cigarette. Unfortunately, it’s events like this that can give the wrong impression and they’re anomalies rather than a commonplace occurrence. The reason behind this was the e-cigarette in question was a rebuildable mod meaning there was no internal circuitry to keep it from releasing too much power.

This is almost always the reason vape batteries can explode is down to improper use and typically happens in the higher powered mods that lack in-built safety features. Because e-cigarettes can be built almost from scratch, using a coil with too low a resistance and a battery with too much output can result in over-discharge. There’s also been concern over charging batteries overnight, suggesting they may cause a fire hazard if left unattended. The NHS have updated their classification of e-cigarettes to that of mobile phones – essentially meaning it’s no more risky charging a vape than your iPhone.

Almost all vapes come with a chipset with safety protections built in to prevent this. Things like overcharge protection, over-discharge protection and low resistance protection prevent accidents like this happening. If you’re wanting to purchase a new vape kit, your best bet is a regulated mod or starter kit which will come with plenty of safety features built in.

With constant advances in both technology and research and despite safety concerns, vaping has seen a huge increase in the last few years. Smoking rates are declining and the CAGR of Big Tobacco companies is trailing off while e-cigarettes are expected to grow 22% by 2025. Originally created as a means to save lives, most of the safety aspects of vaping comes down to how they’re operated. E-cigarettes have the potential to save millions of lives by offering a safer alternative for current smokers.

Sources:

E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than smokinggov.uk

Nicotine Does Not Cause CancerDana-Farber Cancer Institute

Vaping Has Been Endorsed by the NHSnhs.uk

7000 Harmful Chemicals in Cigarette Smokecancer.gov

Promote e-cigarettes widely as substitute for smoking says new RCP reportrcplondon.ac.uk

E-cigarettes – an evidence updategov.uk

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Raising Money For Breast Cancer

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation hosted their Summer Gala 2024 fundraising event, on Saturday, July 13th, from 6:30PM-11:30PM at Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club in Bridgehampton, NY. Oceanside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the deck, dinner, dancing and an auction, with an after-party with a beach bonfire and s’mores followed.

The Foundation honor Dr. Fredric Weinbaum, medical doctor extraordinaire and former Chief Administrative Officer/COO of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and The Honorable Rebecca A. Seawright, Member of the New York State Assembly whose 3-D screening bill signed into law expands access to cancer screenings without cost sharing, to include 3-D Mammagraphy. These are two brilliant people who have done so much to make our community a healthier place.

Jean Shafiroff, noted philanthropist and author, is the Gala Chair, along with the Young Professional Committee, Host Committee and The Board of Directors.

Notable guests were Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Martin Shafiroff, Kenneth Fishel, Ann Cirdullo, Lucas Hunt, Jane Scher, Gayle Brophy, Keith and Carol Grupman, Victoria Schneps, Alexandrea LaFata, Mady Schuman, Monty Farber, Amy Zerner, Allison Silver, Julie Feldman, Rakesh Nigam, Elizabeth Dew, Scott, Lori, and Justin Levine, Paulina Berse, Julia Haart, Rakesh Nigam, Elizabeth Dew, Daniel Padnos, Andrea and Maynard Hellman, Michael and Bernadette Olsen, Vinay Tack, Edna Kapenhas and Michael Valdes, Roger and Ilene Schiel, Minerva Perez, Tien Ho So, Rita Bonicelli, Rachel Goldberg, Cathy Norman, Norman Yojy, Leslie Grand, and Linda Bieniewicz, Liz Derringer, Phyllis Chase, Dr. Paul Trotta, Dr. Gary and Karen Boxer, Jody and Jack Wasserman, Howie and Sherri Lippman.

Photo’s taken by Roger Sichel

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Auctions Off Jackets To Save Women’s Lives Part 3

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We told you about the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, annual Summer Gala to raise funds for women and breast cancer. Tomorrow night is the auction of denim jackets painted by famous artists. We told you about Shani Grosz and Roger Sichel who have created rocking jean jackets. Today Jane Elissa whose jackets are a staple in the Broadway community.

Jane also donated a pillow and painting.

Jane Elissa is a New York based artist creating artwork on canvas combining elements of paint, created appliques, collage, beads, vintage materials and tapestries. Each unique piece tells a story capturing the imagination, emotions and point of view that is uniquely hers. She has many celebrity clients and her work has been featured on national morning shows as well as QVC and HSN.

Eddie Redmayne’s jacket Jane did for him fro Cabaret

For the past 30 years, Jane has been voluntarily raising money for cancer and leukemia research through her benefits and designs. We are honored to add Jane Elissa’s collectibles to our product line as a percentage of each sale will be donated to charities.

Jane Elissa

The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  The Center offers a wide spectrum of breast health services, including education, early detection screenings and breast cancer treatment and support. The Center utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques, including computer-assisted mammography, ultrasound and a breast biopsy system that locates breast abnormalities and obtains tissue samples.

Breast cancer is a mind-numbing experience, not only for each patient, but for their families and friends. In a time of tremendous stress, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Ellen Hermanson Breast Center offers a comprehensive patient-centric approach. Under the leadership of our fellowship-trained breast surgeon Dr. Edna Kapenhas, the Center includes Board-certified radiologists, pathologist, oncology nurse, radiology nurses, patient navigator, and certified technologists. Satellite diagnostic services are also located in East Hampton and Hampton Bays.

Did you know early breast cancer rarely has symptoms. Self-examination, an annual clinical examination and, depending on your age and family history, an annual mammogram are key to detecting breast cancer as early as possible. While most breast changes are not cancerous, it’s important to have them evaluated promptly. If you discover a lump or any of the other warning signs of breast cancer, especially if the changes persist after one menstrual cycle or they change the appearance of your breast, see your doctor immediately. If you’ve been treated for breast cancer in the past, report any new signs or symptoms right away. Symptoms may include:

  • A lump in the breast or a lump in the armpit that is hard and often does not hurt
  • Change in the size, shape, or feel of the breast or nipple (redness, dimpling, or puckering that looks like the skin of an orange)
  • Fluid coming from the nipple

In the event of a breast cancer diagnosis, and once definitive surgery has been completed, the patient may be referred to a medical and/or radiation oncologist for further treatment.

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To bid on the jackets and see more click here.

For more information visitellenhermanson.org.

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Auctions Off Jackets To Save Women’s Lives Part 2

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Yesterday we told you about the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, annual Summer Gala to raise funds for women and breast cancer. Ellen Hermanson was an articulate, courageous and indomitable warrior in the war against breast cancer. Her personal battle with the disease began when she was diagnosed with breast cancer while still nursing her six-month-old daughter. Ellen fought against her disease medically by undergoing surgery and aggressive chemotherapy. She also fought against breast cancer by becoming an activist and advocate. A journalist by training, she used her prodigious talent as a writer to give voice to the needs of breast cancer survivors and to educate her readers about the importance of being well informed, the challenges of living with breast cancer, and the availability of resources to help with the myriad problems that arise as a result of breast cancer. Her remarkable accomplishments attest to her extraordinary inner strength and selfless generosity. Ellen lost her hard-fought battle with breast cancer at the age of 42. She was working on an article exploring the then new and exciting potential of the Internet as a source of information and sharing for patients and their families. Ellen left a legacy of dignity, courage, determination, grace and love to all who knew her. To honor her memory, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation has been established to support and continue the important work she began.

Julie Ratner along with her sister her sister Emily Levin co-founded The Ellen Hermanson Foundation in honor of their younger sister, Ellen. The foundation has distributed more than $4 million in grants. Julie is a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the New York State Breast Cancer Network.

Roger, Julie and Roger’s jackets

Part of the way they will raise money is to auction off denim jackets painted by famous artists. We told you about Shani Grosz and now Roger Sichel has created rocking jean jackets. One for adults with his famous photo of Janis Joplin. He also did a second jacket for kids with his newest art….Puppy on Futuristic Mars.  Rogers art was at Coachella this year and is on the moon. His art is in several galleries in Beverly Hills, Palm Beach and The Hamptons.

To bid on these jackets, attend the Gala or just donate go to #EHFGala2024

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Auctions Off Jackets To Save Women’s Lives

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering people affected by cancer. This Saturday they will host their annual Summer Gala to raise funds. The event on  July 13, is from 6:30 to 11:30 PM at Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club. Beside oceanside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and an auction, followed by an after-party beach bonfire and s’mores. 

The foundation will honor Dr. Fredric Weinbaum, medical doctor and former Chief Administrative Officer/COO of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and The Honorable Rebecca A. Seawright, Member of the New York State Assembly whose 3-D screening bill, signed into law, expands access to cancer screenings without cost sharing to include 3-D Mammography. 

Part of the way they will raise money is to auction off denim jackets painted by famous artists. Three of the artists are friends of T2C and we want to highlight their work as well as give you insight on how to bid for a really good cause.

Shani and her jacket

First up is Shani Grosz. Her denim jacket combines fashion and Shani’s passion for painting she created a fantasy hand painted garden themed denim jacket trimmed with a lace bustle for drama and sprinkled with Swarovski crystals . All created with a magical vibe and a theme quote painted in the back of the jacket that reads “ the darkest Nights produce the brightest stars. “ … with the theme that women going through tough times such as cancer treatments are the true bright shining stars.

Shani is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design, and has established herself as an important and internationally recognized designer with over two decades as the President and Designer of SHANI Collection. She has won many prestigious design awards for her well executed vision of “Wearable Art”. Over the years, she has dressed various celebrities, news anchors, Broadway stars, television personalities and developed numerous wardrobes for both film and TV and as a teacher within the Designer Critic Program at FIT, Shani works closely at developing up and coming talent. Shani designs for the modern woman, celebrating her multi-faceted lifestyle that allows her to be both feminine and strong.

Shani

To know Shani is to know that she is a girl’s girl, so it’s only logical that her designs are about feeling free and comfortable in your skin. Shani’s designs are like the perfect little black dress –something every woman needs in her wardrobe that she can always count on to let her look her best. Her dresses are available at www.shanicollection.com. Please follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/shanidress.official.

To bid on Shani’s and the other artist were highlighting read more tomorrow.

On February 15, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation awarded $363,000 in grants to further its mission of assisting people being treated for breast cancer. The funding advances the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where no patients are turned away for lack of insurance, as well as its local satellite locations and Ellen’s Well, a psychosocial support program for patients. Grants were also awarded to members of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Community Partnership to support bilingual outreach, social support, and breast care education for women without ready access to health care.

This year, funds raised will go toward acquiring a cutting-edge tomosynthesis mammography machine at the center, providing breast screenings and diagnostic procedures, allocating Ellen’s Well micro-grants for transportation and social services, supporting the Phillips Family Cancer Care Summit and paying a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a nurse practitioner, and an oncology nurse patient navigator at Ellen’s Well.

For more information visit ellenhermanson.org.

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Summer Streets Returns

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Summer Streets is returning the last weekend of July (27th) and the four Saturdays of August (3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th). Summer Streets is where miles of NYC across the five boroughs are closed off to cars.

This year, the DOT is expanding the program’s hours to 7 am to 3 pm (previously 7 am to 1 pm). During the hours that the streets are closed exciting programming and activities take place along the designated routes, such as dance and musical performances, fitness classes, and interactive workshops.

The 2024 NYC Summer Streets schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 27:

  • Queens: Vernon Boulevard between 44 Drive and 30 Road
  • Staten Island: Broadway between Richmond Terrace and Clove Road

Saturday, August 3, 10, & 17:

  • Brooklyn Bridge to West 125 Street
  • Lafayette Street and Park Avenue between Brooklyn Bridge and East 109 Street
  • East 109 Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • 5th Avenue between East 109 Street and Central Park North
  • Central Park North between 5th Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard
  • Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard between Central Park North and West 125 Street

Saturday, August 24:

  • Brooklyn: Eastern Parkway between Grand Army Plaza and Buffalo Avenue
  • The Bronx: Grand Concourse between East Tremont Avenue and Mosholu Parkway
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