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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 UNHchabo on 7/24/2009 12:54:47 PM , Rating: 5
To some extent I agree. With socializeed healthcare being thrusted upon us, people choosing to do things that increase medical expense, by association, increase the cost to the public as a whole.

I'm not sure it's been proven that smokers have increased medical expense as a group though. Intuitively, it seems to me that it's quite possible that since smokers tend to die a bit earlier, they don't clog up our medical facilities with the other problems that come with old age.

Which is more expensive: a smoker who gets lung cancer at age 61 and dies after a couple rounds of chemotherapy, or a non-smoker who lives to 93, after having diabetes for 25 years, two hip replacements, and a heart attack?

RE: wasnt it obvious?
By mindless1 on 7/24/2009 3:27:56 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget the assisted care, nursing home, or hospital for the last few months if not years, let alone the plethora of pills the elderly are prescribed these days. To someone uninitiated with the cost of medicine that can easily be several hundred dollars a month let alone the doctor visits to monitor the prescriptions, billing,etc.

It is easily true that health care costs have and will continue to go up for the nation because people live longer and the associated proactive care so often taken these days.

RE: wasnt it obvious?
By ClownPuncher on 7/24/2009 4:11:54 PM , Rating: 2
Smoke for the Freedom of America!

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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