FDA, Researchers’ Debate Over Electronic Cigarettes

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The FDA and other researchers have debated over the healthy repercussions electronic cigarettes can have on people in the long run, the innovation is still not fully known even though it is becoming a popular alternative.  According to the latest findings by researchers at Boston University, electronic cigarettes are on the threshold of possibly eradicating smoking from the United States.  The steam heats up the vapor and adds flavors to each puff.  The ingredients of e-cigarettes are FDA regulated and they were developed by a Chinese national.  A public health researcher, Dr. Michael Siegel, found that using e-cigarettes can be helpful in replacing original cigarettes, which could bring about the end of the smoking era in the United States.

The latest electronic cigarettes are considered less harmful as compared to conventional cigarettes.  E-Cigarettes are powered by a battery and release aerosol puffs that the user inhales.  The vapor from the e-cigarettes contains fruit flavors, chocolate, and mint with nicotine.  However, there are fewer studies that establish what exactly is the composition, and how potentially dangerous can those elements be in the e-cigarettes.  Moreover, the Food and Drug Administration controls e-cigarettes just like any other tobacco products, and researchers debate over electronic cigarettes, whether they should be banned in the public place or not.

Meanwhile, the professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Stanton A. Glantz, forecasts that the modern innovation will keep people addicted to nicotine for extended period of time, instead of people quitting, they will feel glamorized by the accessorize gadget.  It not only keeps people hooked, it will waste the effort people accomplished in reducing smoking.

Moreover, both experts, Siegel and Glantz, express opposing views on the health repercussions that the electronic cigarettes will have on people.  Previously, the public health sector was a collective in battling tobacco products, banning public smoking and overall smoking. However, the recent debate over e-cigarettes has divided the community.  According to many experts, more people will be attracted towards the latest innovation, and they will smoke more.  Some experts say that the latest gadget will reduce the amount of people consuming nicotine and tar.

Seemingly, the deadly tar in the regular cigarettes is considered highly dangerous that leads to cancer.  Smokers die because of tar in the smoking products, and not due to nicotine, that is the addictive ingredient.  The e-cigarettes contain nicotine only without the toxic ingredient of tar.  Thus, it can be a safe alternative from the conventional tar smoking product.  Annually, in the United States, there are more than 480,000 deaths that occur related to smoking.  These premature deaths can be prevented if fewer people smoke every year.

Additionally, many experts also suggest that the regular consumer is not aware of how much nicotine or other chemical is inhaled and burned through the electronic cigarettes, and what amount is potentially harmful, and safe.  The health effects are currently unknown from the electronic cigarettes, researchers are still analyzing on how second-hand vapor could harm people.  The head of Tobacco Dependence, Treatment and Cessation from Alameda County in California, Dr. Cathy McDonald told the reporters that currently there is not enough information that is required on the latest innovation.  The few minutes of smoking electronic cigarette for a nonsmoker swells up resistance in their lungs, and decades ago, even this fact was not known.  The propylene glycol in e-cigarettes is reviewed as non toxic by researchers.  Therefore, the ingredient is backed by the FDA.

From 2012 to 2013, the sale of electronic cigarettes increased from $500 million to $1.5 billion, and the annual sale turnover has been amplifying, while the tobacco sale is on the declining side.  Many celebrities have been endorsing and using the e-cigarettes.  Increasingly, the innovation is becoming trendy.  People can buy them from the internet.  However, the pessimistic researchers believe that any smoking product is unsafe and even though the new ones look a lot different, they are still nicotine material that is addictive.  The FDA wants to regulate electronic cigarettes, and researchers continue to debate over the potential danger and safety of electronic cigarettes.  The dispute has not been settled as yet.

By Iqra Amjad

Sources:

New York Times
Atlanta Black Star
Weather Ford

10 Responses to "FDA, Researchers’ Debate Over Electronic Cigarettes"

  1. Joey   April 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I dropped an 11 smoking habit in a matter of months. My lungs are clearing out. I can breathe again and I dont smell like an ash tray. I’m also saving a ton of money. I think the controversy is coming from the tobacco companies losing their money. Ban them in public places like regular cigarettes. Don’t demonize them because you’re losing money

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  2. Schotz McBodka   February 26, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I have used all major brands of ecigs in the USA. Most of them are poorly made in china. Where you buy your e-liquid is important. blu uses johnsoncreek juice and that is the best and I think its the safest. blu ecig hardware is not so good, so i buy everything from johnsoncreek and have been a heavy user since 2011. I have no cough or breathing problems and I find that vaping eases alot of my stress and makes me life more pleasurable. I don’t think it is polite to vape in public infront of anyone, I think it’s rude. Sort of like eating a meal in front of someone who does not have any food. It’s also annoying, like someone talking on a phone on a public bus or train.

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  3. Randy Brookins   February 26, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I have stopped smoking real cigarettes as well right along with my wife 35years of cigs 2.5 packs a day and I tried many thing to no prevail over years until I started using vapor I think the f d a is coming up with lies won’t they just say it’s the money they are not getting from the vapors the vapors are the best thing for a smoker .

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  4. Sameh Emad   February 26, 2014 at 1:59 am

    It has been a week now e-smoking but I do not feel my lungs better I still cough I am afraid it still have an effect on lungs due to the vapour we r inhailing

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  5. andrew watt   February 25, 2014 at 5:33 am

    i have used the e cigg since july 2013 i enjoy it and have not smoked a real cigarette since then , i used to smoke 50 a day and had tried all the the known ways to stop including the use of anti depressants which all failed ,, this is the longest i have ever went without tobacco , i now mix my own e liquid so i know what is in it , i feel 100 times better vaping rather than smoking ,,andy edinburgh scotland

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  6. Darcy Krauza   February 25, 2014 at 3:19 am

    My wife has not smoked a cigarette since February 9, 2014 and the first thing the family noticed is she has stopped the smokers cough. I think we are on the right track.

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  7. Art   February 25, 2014 at 2:54 am

    The Vape has already helped many friends and colleague. I don’t smoke anymore as well. What a great life changer it has been for me personally and I see a difference in the attitude (positive) of those who use it

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  8. Tony Morgan   February 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I support the fact that smoker dies because of tar that is present in the tobacco cigarettes not nicotine but still don’t know why some people imposing the irregular laws or restriction on E Cigarette and creating a big issue as everyone is familiar that it is a healthier alternative to quit smoking.

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  9. Mike Morgan   February 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Let the market and consumers decide about e-cigs until they are proven to be harmful, so see http://www.ecigwerks.com for more.

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  10. Rob Long (astromech)   February 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    The man who invented the e-cigarette deserves a Nobel Prize

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