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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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By itzmec on 7/24/2009 4:28:16 PM , Rating: 2
isnt it obvious that big tobacco has a hand in the FDA's research? they're losing profit to these e-cigs

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By oab on 7/24/2009 4:33:05 PM , Rating: 2
If big tobacco was smart, they would start selling them. I'm sure that they could spend a few hundred million dollars and significantly improve the product.

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By SiliconDoc on 8/14/2009 10:18:04 AM , Rating: 2
One could EASILY surmise BIG GOVERNMENT has a hand in it - since big government is the one GANKING billions upon endless billions in cigarette taxes.
What are you bleeding heart crybabies going to do when your nazi overlord health putsch (yeah HITLER did it too!)succeeds and you don't have "sinners" to steal hundreds of billions of dollars from ?
Huh ?
Whatcha gonna do then to fund your socialist nightmares like the failing school system ?
It's just amazing to me how many preachy, theiving, idiot morons we have in the public now, all because they have been trained and brainwashed their entire pathetic, unthinking lives!
Any of you people think for one second a cigarette ad convinced any PUNK kid that choking, coughing, gagging, and puking down his first couple dozen of packs of ciggies meant "it was good for his health and never detrimental" ?
What you brainless WEASELS really mean is, and you don't even know it, you are'nt even AWARE of it, is: " Since in our government activist health nazi lawsuits for idiots, we purportedly discovered that big tobacco had in their vaults writings that proved they knew smoking was bad for people, and with those we got our mega billion dollar setllement!"
That's WHAT you absolute PINHEADS really should be on about - but instead you're SO STUPID, you pretend the tobacco companies were running around claiming smoking is good for people !
Like I said, only the very, very dumbest, and you kooks may therefore qualify amazingly, think choking, gagging, coughing, doubling over in dizziness, etc - SHOWS THAT SMOKING IS GOOD FOR YOU - OR EVEN HARMLESS !
Congratulations on being the most ill-written, moronic, off base, parroting repeatbot sheeple I have ever seen or read in my entire life.

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