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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 BrgMx5 on 7/24/2009 1:11:14 PM , Rating: 2
There are a pleathora of dumb choices people can make that are well within their legal right, but ultimately may cost them long term health, and then the public gets stuck with the bill. I for one am for legalizing certain drugs, but NOT if public health care is passed. If a person wants to smoke pot, smoke pot, I don't care it does not impact me, but when your broke and cancer ridden later in life I don't want to be the one stuck paying for you care.

That goes not only for tobaco, but for alcohol, fast food, too much exercise too little exercise, work stress, car and factories polution, wreckless driving, etc.

Everything you do is going to reflect on your health.

So, excluding all these, the only people who would qualify for public health would be 80 year old nuns who live in a convent in Montana.

RE: wasnt it obvious?
By mindless1 on 7/24/2009 6:04:05 PM , Rating: 1
... or maybe it's all just a lottery and mankind's common vices get blamed because of the religious taint present far too often with conservatives.

We often see examples of quite old people eating bacon, smoking, drinking, etc. Then others do the same and die at half the age and we say "they did it to themselves".

Total nonsense, any sane scientist can see that even if there is a correlation between the lifestyles of those with shorter lifespans, that there are several other factors involved like lack of exercise, worse healthcare, worse diet, etc.

The general trend is the same as always, people take health for granted and if someone is healthy they seek an excuse to claim that when someone else isn't it must be their "fault", it can't be luck or other choices not considered except for the media or pharmaceutical buzz-words.

Personally I think they all miss the point. Better to live well (Not necessarily recklessly) for a normal lifespan, than to constantly deprive oneself just to live a few more years constantly depriving oneself. What kind of life is that?!

RE: wasnt it obvious?
By Alexvrb on 7/24/2009 9:00:28 PM , Rating: 4
... or maybe it's all just a lottery and mankind's common vices get blamed because of the religious taint present far too often with conservatives.
One minor problem with that theory, buddy. The people in charge now aren't conservatives, they're liberals. Yes, the same ones (with a few notable exceptions) that are pushing for public health care, and are considering taxing health-related vices to help pay for it. First its the smokes, then soda, then onto cheeseburgers... they'd go for alcohol too, but they have to wait on that one for a while. You need to take away firearms before you take away alcohol, or else things get ugly.

RE: wasnt it obvious?
By SiliconDoc on 8/14/2009 9:31:39 AM , Rating: 2
Boy oh brother how that plays I'll never know. NEVER in my entire life have I had a single religious person start lecturing me about eating, drinking, smoking, or anything like it. HOWEVER, I HAVE NEVER HEARD THE END OF THE ACTIVIST LEFTIST FREAK SCHRIEKING THEIR TOFU SALAD CRAP MY WAY! MY GOD IT'S A HORRENDOUS TORTURE ON A DAILY BASIS ! THEY'VE NOW VIRTUALLY BANNED HALF&HALF AND REPLACED IT WTIH SOME LIBTARD INSPIRED LIQUID WHTIE PUKE!
" ... or maybe it's all just a lottery and mankind's common vices get blamed because of the religious taint present far too often with conservatives. "
Thanks for straightening out the little brainwashed parrot - but I couldn't pass it up either.
As for the rest of his statement, where he mentions people are diffferent and it's not always what they eat or smoke or do - I agree ( GENETICS plays a huge role ).

"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home

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