Electronic cigarettes – more than just mist



The sale of electronic cigarettes is currently unregulated in the USHowever, e-cigarettes contain nicotine and should be considered a tobacco product, regulated by the FDA and subject to the same regulations as cigarettes in terms of usage (no sales under the age of 18), marketing (no advertising to minors), as well as “smoke free” regulations.

E-cigarettes contain nicotine derived from tobacco leaves, just like regular cigarettes. The amount of nicotine actually delivered to an individual e-cigarette user depends on both the concentration of nicotine in the vial as well as the battery size of the cigarettes – more powerful batteries create a larger amount of vapor and therefor deliver more nicotine. Furthermore, when some of the carrier and flavoring agents found in e cigarettes are heated, they may generate carcinogens. Indeed, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde have been found in e-cigarette vapors.   circ.ahajournals.org/…nt/130/16/1418.full  There is also some evidence to suggest that indirect exposure to e-cigarette vapors may cause harm as well.  archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx



It is interesting to note that the three major tobacco companies share 75% of the profits from the sale of e-cigarettes.  Yet unlike traditional cigarettes, the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes are currently unregulated because they are not considered a tobacco product. Consequentially, e-cigarettes are gaining wider acceptance, in part due to the perception that they are less harmful than cigarettes.  Indeed, Wells Fargo predicts that the sales for e-cigarettes to $10 billion dollars by 2017, surpassing those of regular cigarettes.circ.ahajournals.org/…nt/130/16/1418.full


However, the scope and nature of adverse effects from these e-cigarettes are currently unknown.    Forty-eight states are not waiting for federal legislation and have already banned the sale of this product to minors within the past two years.  ncsl.org/…/alternative-nicotine-products-e-cigarettes.aspx

More needs to be done on a federal level to protect the US population at large.  BlogecgChicago_NOSMOKING_smallNo data exist presently that confirm the safety of e-cigarettes. Until the research is done providing such data, one should assume that e-cigarettes carry some of the same risks as traditional cigarettes, and should be subject to the same rules and regulations as cigarettes.

**pictures courtesy of website:  no-smoke.org/getthefacts.php


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2 Responses to “Electronic cigarettes – more than just mist”

  1. jodetunde Says:

    Great overview. Very informative. It would have been great to understand the nuanced differences between E-cigarettes and perhaps hookah, cigars, vapors/vapor rooms. If we place a strong ban on E-cigarettes, one might also need to consider strong bans on other products containing tobacco as well as other “unknown” and not well studied products.

  2. carneysk Says:

    There are also recent safety issues documented related to e-cigarettes including them catching on fire and causing burns to users. These products need regulations to makes sure they are safe for users or at least aware of their harms.

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