FDA & E-Cigs

February 3rd, 2014

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The e-cigarette, or electronic cigarette, has been under fire from the FDA since 2008. That year marked the start of the FDA’s efforts to prevent e-cigarettes from entering the United States. To date, there have been approximately 50 shipments refused, but this has still not stopped the sale and distribution of the E-cigarettes. In March of 2009, Canada fully banned the use of these devices. The FDA has continued to issue warnings against the use of electronic cigarettes.

There are many different styles of e-cigarettes on the market today. However, all models are made of the same basic components and operate in the same general manner. Instead of tobacco, e-cigarettes are made of a rechargeable battery, circuitry, an atomizer and a mouthpiece. The individual inhales air through the mouthpiece and the air intake triggers the atomizer, which subsequently turns the nicotine and propylene glycol liquid into a vapor. Because there is no flame or fire involved in the process at all, many sellers are marketing electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes. Opponents of e-cigarettes, such as the FDA, maintain that they are unsafe because some models have been found to contain cancer causing carcinogens and toxins.

The FDA has released these findings without sufficient testing though and may mislead the public into thinking that the electronic cigarette is as, or more dangerous than regular tobacco cigarettes. Proponents of e-cigarettes include health professionals, and they are weighing in on the issues concerning this alternative to conventional cigarettes. For instance, Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, president of the American Council on Science and Health, called the FDA’s recent statements “distorted, incomplete and misleading.” And Dr. Joel Nitzkin, MD, MPH, DPA, FACPM, Chair, Tobacco Control Task Force, American Association of Public Health Physicians stated that “we have every reason to believe the hazard posed by electronic cigarettes would be much lower than 1% of that posed by tobacco cigarettes. The testing guidelines in the current tobacco act, which is circulating through Congress, would represent a ban on electronic cigarettes, yet if we get all tobacco smokers to switch from regular cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, we would eventually reduce the US death toll from more than 400,000 a year to less than 4,000, maybe as low as 400.” It may be important to note that both Dr. Whelan and Dr. Nitzkin are anti-smoking advocates.

The sellers of electronic cigarettes have not kept silent in the face of the litigation. The CEO of NJOY, Jack Leadbeater, said in a recent statement, “NJOY has been tested by an independent third-party laboratory. This testing, as well as our consultation with medical experts, gives us confidence that our products are appropriate alternatives for traditional cigarettes for the committed smoker. We are therefore surprised the FDA’s testing has resulted in the agency suggesting that our products represent a health risk on par with conventional cigarettes. We will provide more information on NJOY’s testing and the results in the very near future.”

Smokers that are on the lookout for an alternative for traditional cigarettes will no doubt be eagerly awaiting the news reports of the ongoing litigation between the FDA and sellers of E-cigarettes.

Google Alert – electronic cigarettes

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E-cigarette debate lights up House 18 Apr 2014, 6:05 pm

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Comments

  1. Best e-cigarette
    October 9th, 2009 at 15:20 | #1

    Great article and finally someone representing the electronic cigarette industry well. Nicely written and thank you for not skewing the facts.

  2. Sarah
    January 19th, 2010 at 01:55 | #2

    This is inaccurate. I live in Canada and just received my free trial order of Cleansmoke. (not available in the USA) It’s certainly not illegal here.

  3. Michelle Parsons
    July 28th, 2010 at 16:22 | #3

    What is confusing to me is the people in power making this decision on E-Cigarrettes..do they smoke? Who funds them to do their research? Who will miss out on the profits? Who will miss out on funds to help being elected? Is this another example of keeping status que in order…the rich get richer and the poor get poor. Why keep people at disadvantaged? Why do the rich seem to have more advantages? I thought this was a free country.

  4. Chris Doolin
    November 3rd, 2010 at 08:47 | #4

    Your site is fantastic, and wish I found it prior to my purchase of an e-cigarette. You have pretty much covered everything but one in my opinion.
    How about having a review on the cartridges that are compatable to other brands of e-cigarettes.
    For eg. the cartridges that can be used on a Green Smoke.
    Thank You

  5. Deja Jackson
    January 30th, 2011 at 14:42 | #5

    The FDA is only interested in banning e-cigs because big tobacco is spreading around money..and politicians are reaching for it. Anyone with an IQ would know without question an e-cig vs traditional cigarettes is a much healthier choice for smokers and non-smokers…tax dollars at work…you wold think with the bad economy they would find something better to do with their time…politicians with their hand outs from big tobacco should not be given a second though…except for accepting funds that they shouldn’t.

  6. Janice
    August 4th, 2011 at 15:23 | #6

    I have quite smoking for almost a year now and I feel so much better. Real cigs were killing me, I couldn’t breathe good anymore. These cigs taste very, very good and act like a real cig. They have extended my life span a great deal. I am very happy and my husband became a non-smoker too, which no one thought he could quit. They cannot be banned!

  7. Carla Hurst-Chandler
    January 13th, 2012 at 16:57 | #7

    After all the blather about the inherent dangers of second-hand smoke a product arrives that a) affects no one but the user
    b) has no tar, fewer chemicals, no carbon monoxide, no carbon at all
    c) can help wean smokers off the real thing by dialing back the
    nicotine dose…or if one chooses…no nicotine at all.
    d) Has no flame/fire so the risk of falling asleep and
    causing a fire is nil.

    And the FDA wants to BAN it? Seriously folks.

  8. James Moorman
    April 13th, 2012 at 04:56 | #8

    @Carla Hurst-Chandler
    The whole reason behind them being against e-cigs is the multi billion dollar tobacco industry. Federal tax on tobacco will be lost.

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