Tuesday, May 15, 2012

FDA Warns Smokers Against Using Electronic Cigarettes Because Unlike Tobacco Cigarettes, Their Risks are Not Precisely Known

On its web site, the FDA is warning smokers against the use of electronic cigarettes because - in contrast to the known hazards of tobacco cigarettes - the risks of electronic cigarettes are not precisely known.

The FDA's electronic cigarette warning reads as follows:

"e-Cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans, and may contain other ingredients that may not be safe. Additionally, these products may be attractive to young people and may lead kids to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death."

"Because clinical studies about the safety and efficacy of these products have not been submitted to FDA, consumers currently have no way of knowing
  • whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use,
  • what types or concentrations of potentially harmful chemicals are found in these products, or
  • how much nicotine they are inhaling when they use these products."
The web page closes by urging smokers to use FDA-approved smoking cessation methods, such as nicotine replacement drugs.

The Rest of the Story

As a service to my readers, I will now provide a translation of what the FDA is really saying to U.S. smokers, using Google's convenient "lay person translation" application. Here is the translation:

"We urge smokers not to use electronic cigarettes because unlike regular cigarettes, it is not known whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use, it is not known what types of potentially harmful chemicals are found in these products, and it is not known how much nicotine they are inhaling when using these products. Thus, with electronic cigarettes, you get a bunch of unknowns. But with regular cigarettes, you get a sure thing. We know exactly how unsafe these products are for their intended use. We also know thousands of the harmful chemicals that are found in cigarettes. And to boot, the consumer knows exactly how much nicotine he or she is getting because those levels are tightly controlled by the tobacco industry.

We urge smokers not to take risks with their health. Don't substitute electronic cigarettes - with their many question marks - for the well-known and well-characterized risks you get with your normal cigarettes. Do you really want to be inhaling a vapor that could potentially contain some harmful chemicals, when instead, you could be inhaling smoke whose harmful constituents have already been neatly categorized and classified?

We also urge smokers not to take risks with the amount of nicotine they may be getting from electronic cigarettes. Why take a chance that you may be getting a lower amount of nicotine than you get with your usual Marlboros, Camels, Newports, Winstons, and Kools? With these tobacco cigarettes, you can count on the tobacco companies to provide you with a carefully regulated dose of nicotine in each puff. They have spent years perfecting the carefully titrated and consistent delivery of nicotine. But with electronic cigarettes, you're dealing with amateurs. They really don't know what they're doing and there's no way to be sure that you're getting the precise amount of nicotine that they say you're getting. Why take a chance when you can get a known amount of nicotine?

Additionally, there is the risk that electronic cigarettes may be attractive to young people and might lead kids to try smoking. With your regular cigarettes, it is a known fact that your using the product will attract kids to smoking. Why take a risk on an unknown when you can be sure that your smoking has known effects on the youth population?

While a preliminary clinical trial demonstrated a 22.5% six-month cessation rate among unmotivated smokers who used electronic cigarettes to try to quit, why take a risk that the true quit rate among highly motivated smokers is lower than that? Why not stick with the reliable and well-documented 8% long-term quit rate that has been demonstrated with the use of approved nicotine replacement therapy? And if you are one of the many electronic cigarette users who tried those products specifically because you failed with NRT, all we can say is: try and try again. Why take a risk on an unknown when you can use a product that has a very high known failure rate?"

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

There as assonine as the epa

Anonymous said...

Are there any studies currently going on to determine the side effects of e-cigs?

Anonymous said...

I have been using them for over a year. Started with 24mg nicotine and am now down to .6mg. Using it less and less by the days. My mom went from 2 packs of smokes a day to already down to 12mg nicotine. That's in 3 months. Not only are w breathing better but more active and more energy. So as for being bad, i doubt it. Yes it has a toxic chemical (not A) BUT now where near what tobacco has. And it is easier to win off of smoking. I have almost no craving. Start the studies. There are allot of positive to it besides helping kick the habit. Nothing left behind. And the buying restrictions are of age to buy and are carded. Laws at followed.

Anonymous said...

I just started smoking ecigs to day. I've been a smoker for over 25 years and I'm hoping it works for me. I'm stared with 18 mg. I decided to try the ecigs because my daughter is having a baby, and I just don't want to be smelling like an ashtray around my grandson.I just hope I have some of the same results some of you've been having.I hope it's worth it.Wish me good luck.

Langie0416 said...

The e cig is a dream come true for a lot of people, who have been trying to quit for years and have failed ovwr and over. Cold turkey is very difficult but with the e cig you can regulate your nicotine intake which is something traditional ciggarettes cant do.andthe fda is mentioning is the nicotine what about all the other chemicals their not .if a traditional cigarette was just tabacco and nicotine im sure there wouldnt be as many deaths caused by smoking.but its full of dozens of other chemicals and poisons that they know cause cancer and other health related issues like short of breath birth, defects etc... But what do we know about e cigs, well their cheaper and last longer than cigaretts you dont smell bad you have more energy, better lung copasity, and nicotine control not to mention they taste better. I think the real issue here is the e cig is dropping the sales in traditional cigaretts and its making the people at the tobacco company very angry, so the fda a figures if they get rid of the e cig, sales will go back up.well thats hog wash the fda needs to just back off of this one, they cant control everything and besides im sure there are a lot of you out there making just a big a fuss as i am about this and they cant ignore that. The e cigs has already helped hundreds of people quit smoking and will continue to do so, everyones happier with e cigs in their life whether they use it or not, not smokers cant smell it, familys are glad their dad/mom or brother/sister dont smell bad so they can stay closer, and the people using it feel better, the smell better, the act better. Bottom line is give it up FDA and give us our e cigs. Sounds like your working FOR the tabacco company in this, what are they paying you. Just back of this one and give us our e cigs. There doing so much good cant you see that..they even have commercials come on.

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Anonymous said...

Clir electronic cigs rock! 2 packs a day for 15 years.... 2 days later 100% smoke free....11 months ago!!!!!!!

Nance Jaman said...

The new electronic cigarette is already a very popular item. Because of this, many different types have been created. This can be great because it offers many different options for all different types of people.
Electronic cigarettes
e-cigarettes
e-cigarette talk
reviews of electric cigarettes