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What are Electronic Cigarettes Say The FDA

Posted by Administrator on 1/29/2013 to About Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic Cigarettes (e-Cigarettes)

It is always interesting to see how the FDA continues to define a product they have no understanding of, yet make it there point to have a very strong opinion on.

What are electronic cigarettes? 

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals.  They turn nicotine, which is highly addictive, and other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.

 

Image of an e-Cigarette inserted into a charger.

Image of an e-Cigarette inserted into a charger.

Most e-cigarettes are manufactured to look like conventional cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some resemble everyday items such as pens and USB memory sticks.

As the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes have not been fully studied, consumers of e-cigarette products currently have no way of knowing:
 

  • whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use,
  • how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use, or
  • if there are any benefits associated with using these products.

Additionally, it is not known if e-cigarettes may lead young people to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death.