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Are e-Cigarettes FDA Approved?

By Edited Jan 6, 2016 0 4

E-Cigarettes are not FDA approved

The electronic cigarette or e-cigarette has become the hot new "safe" cigarette. Like so many other safe cigarettes that have preceded it, the e-cigarette is not without controversy. With any product that is capable of directly affecting human health, the first question out of many potential users' mouths is "Are e-cigarettes FDA approved?". The resounding answer is no. There are many reasons that the FDA has not given electronic cigarettes the stamp of approval and some of them are the same things that plague regular cigarettes!

The E-Cigarette Arrives

The e-cigarette is a nicotine delivery system that operates electrically. Developed in 2003, this device is promoted as a safe alternative to cigarettes. Within the plastic body, liquid nicotine is mixed with propylene glycol or glycerol and then vaporized to deliver the nicotine to the body while also simulating the smoke found in a regular cigarette. Many even have LED lights on the end to simulate burning. The e-cigarette companies tout this as a safe alternative because the user receives nicotine without the tar and carcinogens found in a normal cigarette. Is this true? The FDA says not so fast!

FDA Tests

In 2009, the FDA tested two common brands of e-cigarettes Smoking Everywhere and Njoy. The results were not good for these companies. One cartridge contained diethylene glycol instead of propylene glycol. Diethylene glycol is a cheaper but deadlier ingredient found in antifreeze. Certain tobacco specific carcinogens were found in half of the samples tested-the very things that e-cigarettes are trying to protect the smoker from! Other substances suspected to be harmful were found in a majority of the samples as well. All but one of the cartridges that were supposed to be nicotine free were found to contain low levels of nicotine. At the end of the study, the FDA not only did not approve the e-cigarette, but declared it illegal.

Let the court battle begin

The FDA has blocked imports of e-cigarettes by Smoking Everywhere on different occasions and is engaged in a lawsuit with the company. Several states like New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Oregon have either banned or severely restricted the sale of these devices. Obviously, Big Tobacco companies are also watching the court battles closely as well and will through money at lobbyists depending on how much of a threat they view the encroaching e-cigarette.

The e-cigarette has begun to successfully infiltrate the smoking market here in America. Any potential user should still be aware or the possible health affects. Any device designed to deliver a drug into the body can cause harm. It should be used with caution since not only do the FDA tests show there are dangers, but there are other dangers to e-cigarettes to consider as well. For many people, the e-cigarette is the lesser of two evils, but the best alternative is to quit. Do e-cigarettes help quit smoking? Maybe for some, but for others it just promotes continued smoking. The FDA will not approve the e-cigarette anytime soon so a governmental seal of safety may never be stamped on it. Widespread use of this "illegal" device will continue, though, as more cities and public spaces outlaw regular cigar and cigarette smoking.



Apr 17, 2010 2:54pm
Smokeless cigarettes are a way for some people to lower their intake of tar or eliminate it, if they must have the high of the nicotine.
Dec 2, 2010 3:26am
The information in this article is in most cases misinformed and in other blatantly wrong. E-cigarettes are marketed as a safer alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes. Which, by the FDA's own tests has been proven. The test done by the FDA show that e-cigarettes have the same risk as using the patch, gums and lozenges it approves. THE SAME RISK. Which, by the FDA testing, is significantly less. Before parroting what you heard somewhere it is wise to do a little research BEFORE putting your misinformed beliefs up for review.

Of course not taking any kind of drug into your system is preferable, however, the FDA quickly looses creditability when it also regulates and approves drugs that "fight smoking" which also cause the user to commit suicide. They further lose credibility when they regulate tobacco products, which, by US Law is forbidden to be stamped onto the packaging.

Please do more research before writing articles. It will show more credibility when anyone can find the discrepancy in your information with a simple Google search.
Dec 2, 2010 8:06am
It is not a questions of whether they are safer. This article is entitled "Are Ecigarettes FDA Approved" and this information is taken directly from the FDA. They surely are safer than conventional cigarettes, but the FDA has NOT approved them for the reasons stated. This is their decision, not mine. Glad you enjoy your ecigs. Their is no discrepancy. They are not approved and the reasons why are stated.
Dec 2, 2010 8:07am
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