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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/CNN.com)
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 SiliconDoc on 8/14/2009 9:07:18 AM , Rating: 2
LOL " Whether or not an individual chooses is one thing, but false advertising like that is what got the world so hooked so fast in the first place. "
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I you believe that, you're so stupid you shouldn't be typing on a computer. Every person who ever lit up a ciggie - choked, gagged, and likely nearly puked, for quite some time, before they were able to stand it, and "inhale like a man".
If you think some stupid ad that purportedly told them they would win the next decathalon if they only smoked ( NO ADS LIKE THAT EVER EXITED, YOU FOOLISH PERSON) got them hooked, then you need to suck on the end of a lit ciggie in front a small, intimate crowd, and watch them laugh you out of the room as you gag, choke, spit and run for the can...
I mean HOW STUPID are you people ?
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Cigarette ads showed a cowboy on a horse - cig "ads" were some movie star tokin' one in a famous scene copied to a magazine.
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Current standards on FALSE ADVERTISING are so lax, every store in the entire world can now claim you should go to their venue and SAVE MONEY, instead of course, spending it - which is exactly what you'll actually be doing.
Wasn't long ago buckaroo - when ALL the store ads screamed SPEND SPEND ! SPEND !!! come on down and SPEND !
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I wish you whiners had a coherent, sensible, sane whine, instead of an IDIOTIC repeated a thousand times "talking point" that is ABSOLUTELY 100% INCORRECT !
Work on it, would you please ? THINK about how wrong you are before you post, then change the text to something halfway believable by those of us who aren't zombie parrots.
Thanks.


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