Is Vaping Marijuana Safe? Questions After E-Cigarette Deaths

Vaping THC may be behind many of the serious lung diseases that have been tied to e-cigarette use––raising concerns about an increasingly popular way of consuming marijuana, which many consumers view as a relatively safe habit. Up to 450 people have developed illnesses and at least four people have died after using e-cigarettes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials said on a call with reporters Friday. While the CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not found a device, product or substance that is linked to all cases, a paper published Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that many sick individuals vaped THC, a compound in marijuana, before developing an illness, either instead of or in addition to nicotine. CDC and public-health officials confirmed this finding. The investigation threatens to shatter many people’s perceptions of marijuana as safe and natural, an opinion that has gained steam as the drug is legalized in more and more states. A 2018 Gallup poll found that Americans largely view both marijuana and e-cigarettes as less harmful than cigarettes, and that more than 40% of respondents thought marijuana was “not too” or ...

India bans e-cigarettes as global backlash at vaping gathers pace

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India banned the sale of electronic cigarettes on Wednesday and warned of an “epidemic” among young people, in the latest and potentially biggest move globally against vaping over growing health concerns. The ban cuts off a huge future market from e-cigarette makers at a time when the number of people smoking worldwide is declining. It could dash the expansion plans of companies such as Juul Labs and Philip Morris International in the country. “These novel products come with attractive appearances and multiple flavours and their use has increased exponentially and acquired epidemic proportions in developed countries, especially among youth and children,” India’s health ministry said. The ban also covers the production, import and advertising of e-cigarettes – but not the use of them. It comes at a time when vaping is facing increased scrutiny in other countries. The United States last week announced plans to remove flavoured e-cigarettes from stores, warning that sweet flavours had drawn millions of children into nicotine addiction. The Indian prohibition will be imposed through an executive order and will include j...

Ethics In The Digital Age: Protect Others’ Data As You Would Your Own

It has been a year since the European Union implemented its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a landmark privacy law aimed at curtailing the widespread use of personal information – without the full understanding or consent of the people concerned– for monetary gain, especially by major tech companies. What seemed bold and daring in 2018 is being emulated all over the world in 2019, and in some cases even promoted by the same tech companies which GDPR was initially meant to target. California, the home of Silicon Valley and epicenter of the data economy, approved a similar law last year that will go into effect in 2020. As these regulations proliferate, finance professionals will have to contend with an ever-increasing thicket of new compliance requirements when handling the data of consumers, clients and employees. But such regulatory changes should prompt more than just compliance concerns. There is a reason why data privacy and protection have become such important political issues and have generated widespread support for stricter regulations: at heart, companies’ misuse of data is a profound ethical issue. And due to their unique role in processing and analyzing da...