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A new FDA study finds that e-cigarettes contain many carcinogens and toxins, like their smoking counterparts. Manufacturers' claims that they make for "healthy" use appear blatantly incorrect.  (Source: Sean O'Key/
Proof yet again that things that sound to good to be true really are

They are billed as affordable and safe ways to enjoy the experience of smoking without the health risks.  Every day thousands of customers across the country "light up" e-cigarettes, a new product that is taking the online world by storm.  E-cigarettes consist of cartridges filled with nicotine and other chemicals, spiced with flavors such as chocolate, cola or bubble gum.  The "cigarette" typically lights up as it vaporizes the nicotine-chemical cocktail, which it delivers as steam to the user.

As sales for the devices, market as a healthy-living product, have skyrocketed, the Food and Drug Administration became concerned.  Exactly how "healthy" were these cigarette substitutes? 

The FDA began testing them and it quickly discovered that the e-cigarettes, like their smoking counterparts, are hazardous to the health.  The samples from various manufacturers contained dangerous carcinogens.  Further, at least one manufacturer's mix contained diethylene glycol -- a chemical used in antifreeze, and a toxin to humans.

Dr. Jonathan Samet, director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Southern California comments, "We know very little about these devices, but to say they are healthy -- that's highly doubtful."

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the FDA adds, "The FDA is concerned about the safety of these products and how they are marketed to the public."

One of the largest manufacturers of the devices, Florida-based Smoking Everywhere has remained mum on the reports.  The devices do appear, thus-far to be legal as a combination drug-device product under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium urges people to think of the children, commenting, "It is very important that parents let their children know these are not safe and to make recommendations, or even enforce rules that they not be used."

Dr. Matthew McKenna, director of the Office of Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds, "Children who use these products may also be using other tobacco products.  It's a good idea to make sure the child is aware of the dangers of tobacco in products in general."

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RE: wasnt it obvious?
By Murst on 7/24/2009 11:42:59 AM , Rating: 3
As a smoker, I would not mind if lung cancer treatment was not part of a government-subsidized health care program for people who smoke.

However, this should be fair across all conditions. So, for example, I would also expect that diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart attack issues would also not be covered for people who are overweight.

People make choices, and they should live w/ the consequences without the expectation that others will bail them out.

RE: wasnt it obvious?
By Jimbo1234 on 7/24/2009 1:20:15 PM , Rating: 2
Both good points, but the government also subsidizes corn growers. This corn is then put into everything we eat in the for of high fructose corn syrup which has just as many calories as cane sugar but does not give you the sense of being full. So until this B.S. is put to an end, I cannot completely agree with the overweight argument.

RE: wasnt it obvious?
By Murst on 7/24/2009 2:48:56 PM , Rating: 5
By your logic, I shouldn't have to pay a ticket for speeding because the US subsidizes car companies, who in turn produce cars that can go above the speed limit.

RE: wasnt it obvious?
By SilthDraeth on 7/26/2009 1:56:34 AM , Rating: 3
Except some people have diabetes and weight issues, and the diabetes wasn't caused by the extra weight, they just managed to gain weight while being diabetic.

Science isn't great enough yet to find out what ant's sneeze caused the boulder to fall off the mountain and crush little Timmie's house.

RE: wasnt it obvious?
By SiliconDoc on 8/14/2009 8:52:36 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah boy oh brother, I bet there are millions of children unaware of the dangers of smoking today - surrounded by ten thousand smoking nazis for their entire life's existence:
" Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium urges people to think of the children, commenting, "It is very important that parents let their children know these are not safe and to make recommendations, or even enforce rules that they not be used."
Yes, that's a real problem nowadays, doc. I be they don't know about condoms, sex, evil big oil, warmongers, or cancer causing agents either - heck nor Viaggra for that matter!
( one wonders who is DUMBER nowadays, purported adults, or their precious "village of communist community children that happened to luckily escape the abortion scalpel so all the do-gooders could start "community caring" talk for them)

RE: wasnt it obvious?
By SiliconDoc on 8/14/2009 9:23:56 AM , Rating: 2
Murst, then we should also ban public healthcvare dollars for all the x-sporters, they engage in highly dangerous activities, and if they break an ankle, it was their choice.
Then we can include anyone who didn't have their seatbelt clicked and got in an accident.
Drunken drivers, too.
Skiers - that's very dangerous.
Anyone who sucks down a twinkie or meals over the FDA 4-4-3-2 prescribed balanced dietary meals chart.
Soda drinkers and candy bar lovers.
Health nuts like Arnold the governator, whose heart blew from the massive iron pumping.
Marathon runners who get shin splints, ankle and foot trouble, and have heart explosions too from the giant throbbing over-pump they developed in their chests.
On and on and on....
I'm certain the liberal lefty freaks will develope and enforce a quite arbitrary and unfair politcally correct list of OK dangers and NOT OK dangers, and then force society into compliance through manipulation of their nazi-like Dr. Mengala "choose the worthy" and murder the unworthy "national healthcare plan" that "doesn't cost anyone a dime and in fact saves money"....
I say the first ones we line up for the dollar saving deth knell are the kookballs who support the tyrrany to begin with. Let's see just how dedicated they are.

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