The FDA performed an analysis of increasingly popular electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes). The analysis found carcinogens and toxic chemicals including diethylene glycol, which is found in antifreeze. E-cigarettes are marketed to young people and sold predominantly in malls and online.
I’m disturbed by the lack of an FDA-approved warning label on the E-cigarette packets. The manufacturers argue that since their product is electronic in form, they do not need to comply with FDA regulations. However, given these devices provide carcinogens and other chemicals in an almost identical fashion to cigarettes, the FDA should take steps to enforce some form of regulation.
The manufacturers tout E-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to cigarettes and can even help people wean themselves off of cigarettes. This proclamation is not exactly accurate.
Here’s a video from the Associated Press describing E-cigarettes…
Michael Eriksen, ScD, director of the institute of public health at Atlanta’s Georgia State University and former director of CDC’s office of smoking and health recently stated, "I have seen no evidence that people switch from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes or other smokeless tobacco products. If you look at how smokeless products are marketed, they are sold as something to use at times you can’t smoke. The implication is you will increase nicotine exposure, not reduce smoking,” according to WebMD.
Given this new evidence, it’s not unreasonable to conclude E-cigarettes are an unhealthy product marketed to young people in a dubious manner. A warning label needs to be implemented and a full vetting of the chemical ingredients in E-cigarettes is needed.
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