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Cancer Groups Issue Joint Statement Calling for More Regulation of E-Cigarettes, but Some Experts say it Doesn’t go Far Enough

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Statement Issued Calling for More Regulation of E-Cigarettes

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This past December, a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) survey revealed how popular e-cigarettes are becoming among young people, and now two major cancer groups are calling on the government to regulate these devices.

NIDA reported that 17 percent of high school seniors said they had vaped at least once a month, compared with 14 percent who admitted smoking traditional cigarettes. Sixteen percent of 10th graders said they had vaped, which was more than twice the number of students who said they had smoked regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes are growing in popularity among young people, in part, because they come in all sorts of tempting flavors, from fruit to root beer. If the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association of Cancer Research have their way, it will soon be much more difficult for teenagers to get their hands on e-cigarettes.

In a joint statement released January 8, both groups called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to start regulating “electronic nicotine delivery systems” and step up research on the health effects of vaping.

“While e-cigarettes may reduce smoking rates and attendant adverse health risks, we will not know for sure until these products are researched and regulated,” said Peter Paul Yu, president of the 35,000-member American Society of Clinical Oncology, in a statement viewed by Science Insider. “We are concerned that e-cigarettes may encourage nonsmokers, particularly children, to start smoking and develop nicotine addiction.” His group was joined by the American Association for Cancer Research, which has more than 33,000 members.

The groups are pushing for the FDA to conduct new studies into the health effects of e-cigarettes and use tobacco tax revenues to help fund the research. The statement included a lengthy list of recommended actions by state and federal government agencies. Among those recommendations is a request for the FDA to require e-cigarette makers to register their products with the agency to identify the chemicals and levels of nicotine in various brands, and to agree to help stop teenagers from picking up the habit, according to Science Insider.

The FDA issued a proposal to start regulating e-cigarettes in April 2014, but the rules have not been finalized. Under the proposed rule, the FDA would be required to review e-cigarette products and force makers to stop claiming health benefits without solid scientific data to back them up. The distribution of free samples of e-cigarettes and vending machine sales would also be banned under the rule, and health warnings would be mandatory. The groups are hoping their statement will highlight the importance of moving quickly to pass the rule, Science Insider reported.

Many researchers say the proposal does not go far enough, and point out that there is no mention of regulating e-cigarette flavorings, which were banned from regular cigarettes after they were linked to increased smoking rates among teenagers. They would also like to see the FDA’s proposal and the cancer groups’ joint statement urge a ban on television advertising for e-cigarettes, according to Science Insider. disclaimer: This article: Cancer Groups Issue Joint Statement Calling for More Regulation of E-Cigarettes, but Some Experts say it Doesn’t go Far Enough was posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 2:27 pm at and is filed under Uncategorized.

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