Scientists exposed human bronchial cells to e cigarette vapor and found that it altered the cells in almost the same way tobacco does. The saving grace for vapor smoking enthusiasts is it’s still unclear if this cell alteration actually causes cancer. According to Nature, in the study e cigarettes, “showed a similar pattern of gene expression, ” but the changes are not identical to the effects of smoking regular cigarettes.

“They may be safer than tobacco , but our preliminary studies suggest that they may not be benign, said study author Avrum Spira, a genomics and lung cancer researcher at Boston University.

A recent study also indicated the liquid nicotine inside e cigs is poisonous and deadly if consumed directly, to the shock of hopefully no one. Apparently an e cigarette also exploded in a U.K. bar recently, setting a server on fire.

In the U.S., the country’s Food and Drug Administration still isn’t regulating e cigs even though the product has quickly evolved into a billion dollar industry. Health Canada has banned the sale of e cigarettes containing nicotine and it’s also illegal to make any kind of health benefit claims about the product, although this certainly hasn’t stopped convenience stores across the country from selling e cigarettes containing nicotine.

E cigarettes are also available on the internet through various legitimate and shady retailers, so even if they end up being more heavily regulated in terms of sale, people will still easily be able to get their hands on them.

The moral of the story here is, while smoking e cigarettes is harmful, it still hurts you less than smoking actual cigarettes. Also, many people claim e cigs a great cigarette cessation tool, although some studies refute this.

For the full study check out this link.

E-cigarette crackdown coming? – abc news

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Pressure is growing for federal regulation of the booming e cigarette industry. Supporters say e cigs help people quit the habit, giving them the nicotine they crave without the unhealthy smoke of traditional cigarettes. But a new congressional report written largely by staffers for Democratic senators and House members says concerns about electronic cigarettes underscore the need for regulation. Industry critics say an array of flavors and marketing might appeal to young people. There are no age restrictions and no uniform warning labels. Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat a nicotine solution and create vapor that’s inhaled. A 2009 law gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products. The agency first said it planned to assert authority over e cigarettes in 2011 but has yet to do so.

Google wants retailers to know exactly what they’re getting when spending large amounts of money on Internet advertising. The online search and advertising leader is reportedly partnering with half a dozen retailers to match tracking cookies on users’ computers to in store sales information. “The company’s new pilot program involves AdWords, its biggest advertising program, in which advertisers place links next to Internet search results,” reports The Wall Street Journal. Google makes money when computer users click on an ad and visit the advertiser’s website. The new program might help brick and mortar retailers link the effectiveness of online advertising to sales in their stores.

Google will sell Google Glass eyewear for $1,500 for one day only. Then the offer will be withdrawn. Glass will go on sale Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. ET. It’ll be first come first serve, but Google hasn’t said how many they’ll make available.

The first quarter corporate earnings season kicks into high gear this week with more than 50 large companies reporting results. The data could have a big impact on the volatile stock market. Last week was ugly for many investors. The high technology dominated Nasdaq is down more than 8 percent from its early March high. Friday was only the second time this year the index has closed below the 4,000 mark. International stock markets fell today after two days of U.S. declines and forecasts of lower corporate profits.

Tensions over violence in Eastern Ukraine are a drag on global markets, especially European stocks. Wholesale oil prices rose to $104 for West Texas crude. Ukraine put its military on alert after pro Russian gunmen seized control of government buildings in the east.

Richard Davies Business Correspondent ABC News Radio Twitter daviesnow

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