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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 9:14:29 AM , Rating: 2
A BIG PROBLEM : " I really don't care if people smoke these - it is their own business. I say if the FDA is concerned, put a warning label on the packaging and leave it at that. They don't cause the annoying second-hand smoke that we all hate, so really they are not infringing on anyones rights anymore by smoking these. "
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Uhh, the village health NAZIS have a big problem - they're tooling down the road in their carcinogenic belching roadster - coughing out 100x the lung infesting, cancer causing, black dirt particle leaving, satanically inspired POLLUTION on every passerby in every big city the throng of activists ever colleected or protested in.
Somehow, our INSANE SOCIETY bans the lesser of the two evils, while the very nazis enforcing their cry upon the populace, lays out their killer smoke trail and noone does a dang thing about it.
The tards, never put two and two together and figure out why non-smokers have nearly as high a cancer rate as smokers -- IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE DRIVING YOUR SMOKING GAS GUZZLING EARTH DESTROYING MONSTER ALL OVER THE PLACE, YOU ANTI-SMOKING NAZIS! YOU'RE MURDERING MORE PEOPLE RUNNING TO YOUR WORLD HEALTH RALLY THAN SECOND HAND SMOKE EVERY DID !
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Step outside and suck in a deep breath of that ankle to over the head level city smog- suck it up !


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