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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 9:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
You've got a string of lies so big there, there is no reaching you.
The last public poll took put "national healthcare" IN THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL FOR CHOICES WE THE PEOPLE DELCARED TO BE OURS!
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What you've got is the whining, commoner, crybaby, broken hearted, alarmist, big government takeover, total line of CRAP !
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Your liar in chief actually got on TV and claimed national healthcare would not cost a dime of deficit nor a dime of increased, compiled, national debt.
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Healthcare costs are going to keep rising like they have since the dawn of time. The doctor no longer yanks on your achilles while sissy and daddy hold you down and muffle your screaming piehole, slap some plaster on your leg, give you a half dozen aspirin, then tell you to call in the morning while Daddy hands him $15 gold and silver backed US bucks.
Nowadays, it's an ambulance, 4 technicians and a driver, 14 emergency ward people, 3 x-rays on a multi-million dollar machine, some fancy new non plaster DUPONT fiber sharpie pen signable hinged at the knee cast, a hospital bed overnight just to make certain your noggin isn't anymore screwed up than it was, and lord knows how many return visits, a leg shaving when uncasted, and a finalized x-ray regiment to make certain it's all back together just right.
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HEALTHCARE COSTS WILL RISE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, PERIOD, NO MATTER WHAT ANY GOVERNMENT DOES OR DOESN'T DO.
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Soon the stem cell injecton to increase bone mending speed at the break sihght, besides the corstisone will be standard practice, and that will cost a pretty penny to match the patients complex gentically specific metabolism.
I mean get a clue fella.
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The way we can reduce healthcare costs is have a gigantic bombing war in the USA and turn most modern science healthcare facilities to RUBBLE - barring that there's no going backwards into "cheaper".


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