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Scientists from Roswell Park Cancer Institute have conducted two recent studies to evaluate the nicotine content and third-hand nicotine exposure from electronic cigarettes. Maciej Goniewicz, of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell, presented the findings of both studies at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Seattle, Wash.

In the first study, “Assessment of Third-hand Exposure to Nicotine From Electronic Cigarettes,” the Roswell Park team evaluated levels of nicotine released from e-cigarettes and deposited on surfaces. This residue left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke is often referred to as “third-hand smoke.”

Three out of four experiments showed significant yet varying increases in nicotine found on the five surfaces tested. The floor and glass windows had the greatest increases in nicotine residue. Goniewicz and colleagues concluded that future research should explore the risks of exposure to carcinogens posed by third-hand exposure from e-cigarettes.

A second study by the Goniewicz team, “Consistency of Labeled Nicotine Content in Electronic Cigarettes: Regulatory Challenges,” measured nicotine concentrations in 32 e-cigarette refill solutions. The researchers then compared the quantity of nicotine in the refills to the amount specified on the product labels.

The study found that labeling of nicotine content on e-cigarette refill solution was accurate in most cases. However, they also found e-cigarette packaging that may be misleading to consumers and can cause involuntary exposure to high doses of nicotine.

Goniewicz is also co-moderator of a panel discussion on dual use of electronic and tobacco cigarettes.

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Joey Szadek III, 14, from Boy Scout Troop 457 in Williamsville, has attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Dr. Andrea Walsh has been appointed as the lead OB/GYN physician dedicated to Lockport OB/GYN, 475 S. Transit Road, which is part of the network of neighborhood OB/GYN Centers operated by Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Walsh arrives from Sparrow Health System Ob/Gyn, affiliated with Michigan State University and the Mayo Clinic, and was a clinical instructor in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

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Several area residents have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class John D. Ribaudo is the son of John and Tina Ribaudo of Randolph and a 2013 graduate of Randolph Central School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon M. DiBerardino is the son of Cynthia DiBerardino of Williamsville and Michael DiBerardino of Amherst. He is a 2008 graduate of Clarence High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Fredonia State College.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph P. Smith is the son of Dana Smith of Blasdell and a 2009 graduate of Frontier High School, Hamburg.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Courtney L. Myers is the daughter of Julie Tartaglia of Akron. She is a 2010 graduate of Clarence High School.

The airmen completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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Sgt. Timothy Forness, a 2009 graduate of Eden Junior/Senior High School in Boston, is an ammunition technician with Logistics Support Division, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga.

Forness, the son of William J. Forness, was promoted to his current rank during a January ceremony in Albany, Ga.

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The Orleans/Niagara BOCES Licensed Practical Nursing program has been ranked third out of 77 state-approved LPN programs in New York State. The ranking was determined by the results of the exam that is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licenses. The rates determine how well a school is preparing their students for a career in practical nursing.

“We could not be happier,” said Karen Kwandrans, the program’s nursing coordinator. “I think the rating definitely reflects the quality of our program and instructors. They do an amazing job with our adult students preparing them for a career in nursing. We had a passing rate of 97.76 percent and we are very proud of our students and all their hard work in achieving this.”

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