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E-Cigarettes Remain Unregulated by FDA

E-cigarettes have fallen through the cracks of FDA regulation because they’re not considered drugs.

In 2008, the World Health Organization disputed claims that electronic cigarettes can help people quit smoking. Still, E-cigarette companies continue to market themselves as a safe alternative.

A friend first offered Mathew Dowden an electronic cigarette. He vividly remembers his first puff.

“It made me cough and hack and do one of these things,” Dowden said.

E-cigarettes work the same way as cigarettes except when the user inhales, a component inside the device heats and vaporizes liquid nicotine resulting in a puff of what looks like smoke. But it’s not smoke. So what’s really inside E-cigarettes?

“Obviously they have nicotine in them,” IU Asst. Professor Dept. of Applied Health Science Jon Macy said. “That’s the whole point. But they have found carcinogens, they’ve found diethylene glycol which is an antifreeze.”

But Jon Macy says E-cigarettes have fallen through the cracks of FDA regulation because they’re not considered drugs.

“Why use something that we don’t know anything about in terms of its safety when we do have these other products that we know that they work and we know that they’re safe?”

Macy says nicotine patches, gum and lozenges have undergone the rigorous scientific study the E-cigarette product is lacking. The absence of regulations means they can be sold anywhere- including online.

“Those of us in the health community are concerned that kids are going to get their hands on them and use them as kind of a starter nicotine product,” he said.

On Thursday, the National Association of Convenience stores recommended that electronic cigarettes be placed under the category of ‘Other Tobacco Products,’ which means retailers would have to card minors before purchasing E-cigarette products.

  • http://twitter.com/cigarbabe2 cigarbabe

    It is clear Professor Macy has an agenda and that is to side with the pharmaceutical makers to keep people from having access to products like ecigs which aren’t made by them. Ecigs are already being regulated and there have been stuudies done by the BU school of Public Health and VMU.  None of those studies have that using these devices have so far caused harm to any users and they are a good alternative to smoking. If we listened to the FDA,WHo and John Macy we’d all be back smoking because they say it’s so much safer than using ecigs.  I’ve yet to see any kid buying ecigs if you want to blame someone blame the store owners who aren’t carding youngster for purchasing a tobacco product not us!
    C.B.

  • http://twitter.com/JoeDLion Mark Holdahl

    This report is based off a three year old study.

    “Macy says nicotine patches, gum and lozenges have undergone the rigorous scientific study the E-cigarette product is lacking. The absence of regulations means they can be sold anywhere- including online.” DUN-DUN-DUUUUUUNNNNN!
    Guess what else is “sold anywhere- including online”?  Nicotine patches, gum and lozenges.  Target didn’t even do age verification!

    And I leave you with this: If these things are dangerous because they lack FDA regulation, what does that make cigarettes that do have FDA regulation?

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