E-cigarettes – are they a safe alternative to regular ones?

Manufacturers nowadays, claim that electronic cigarettes are quite the safe alternative to the conventional cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration, however, has questioned the safety of these particular devices. When the samples of the two most popular brands of e-cigarettes were analyzed by the FDA, variable amounts of nicotine as well as traces of various toxic chemicals that included the known cancer causing substances, called carcinogens are what turned up in the results. This was what prompted the FDA to issue a warning about the potential health risks that are related with electronic cigarettes.

Despite being on the market for quite a few years now, many other regulatory agencies and health experts also aren’t quite sure as to just how safe e-cigarettes actually are. Among all of their concerns, the most troubling one is the fact that there is a lack of disclosure of all the ingredients that are used in these products as well as the lack of the validity of health and safety claims that are made by the respective manufacturers regarding their products.

To make matters worse, it has been found out that the amount of nicotine that is listed on the cartridge labels usually does not match the actual amount that the cartridge contains. FDA testing has also resulted in finding out that the cartridges that are under the same manufacturing label may have the tendency to release significantly different levels of nicotine, which may range from about 26.8 to 43.2 micrograms nicotine per a hundred milliliter puff. And despite the claims made that those nicotine-free cartridges absolutely do not contain even a bit of nicotine, lab tests have, however, indicated that one is still getting a low dose of nicotine, no matter what the claims might be.

 

Some tobacco products, such as roll-your-own tobacco, cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, as well as smokeless tobacco are regulated by the FDA. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that the FDA proposed the specific requirements for nicotine gels and dissolvable tobacco as well as e-cigarettes, among other tobacco products that were previously unregulated, under the act of Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control. Under these newly specified regulations, manufacturers are now required to disclose all of the ingredients that they use in their respective products, and get the FDA seal of approval before they start marketing them. Additionally, e-cigarettes now cannot be sold to minors although the specific age depends on the state in which one lives in, and it has now become mandatory that all the labeling must include health warnings. Plus, giving out free samples and vending machine sales has now also been prohibited. Manufacturers, however, still say that e-cigarettes are simply recreational devices, and should not be subjected to the FDA regulation.

 

Until more is known about the potential risks, the safe strategy is to say no to electronic cigarettes. If one is looking for help or aid to quit their smoking habit, there are many medications approved by the FDA, that have been proven to be safe and effective for this purpose.

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