The government’s chief tobacco regulator told Congress today that e-cigarettes are almost certainly healthier than tobacco, that much more research needs to be done, but that it needs to regulate them now anyway.
“If we could get all of those people [who smoke] to completely switch all of their cigarettes to noncombustible cigarettes, it would be good for public health,” Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products said today at a hearing that could help determine the fate of e-cigarettes in the United States.
But that’s not stopping the agency from asking Congress for the authority to restrict the products now—regardless of whether the health impact is positive or negative. The FDA official told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions that it has “far more questions than answers” when it comes to the effects of e-cigs on the people who use them, but that its current existence outside the FDA’s regulatory authority is unacceptable.
CULLMAN – No ash, no tar, no second hand smoke and no smell are just a few of the obvious benefits of vaping. Some claim that electronic cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking, while some claim since the long term effects of vaping are unknown, it’s safer to stick to traditional cigarettes. If you or someone you know is a smoker, it’s important to know the truth about vaping.
E-cigarettes are devices that contain a nicotine-based liquid that is vaporized and inhaled. They all work the same way: inside the device is a battery, a heating element and a cartridge containing the liquid. Some are disposable and others have rechargeable cartridges and batteries.
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By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Strict regulation of electronic cigarettes isn’t warranted based on current evidence, a team of researchers says.
On the contrary, allowing e-cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might cut tobacco-related deaths and illness, the researchers concluded after reviewing 81 prior studies on the use and safety of the nicotine-emitting devices.
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