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FDA Says E-cigarette Makers Don’t Have Enough Data to Claim Their Products are Healthier than Tobacco Cigarettes

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The makers of e-cigarettes want consumers to believe the nicotine delivery systems are healthier than regular cigarettes, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says there is not enough information to make those claims.

“While e-cigarette aerosol may contain fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke, studies evaluating whether e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes are inconclusive,” according to a FDA report obtained by Daily News Journal (DNJ).

Contrary to e-cigarette manufacturers’ assertions that e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes because they don’t produce toxin-filled “smoke,” evidence exists that the second-hand vapor produced by the devices may be dangerous. According to a University of Southern California (USC) study published in the Journal of Environmental Science, Processes and Impacts, second-hand smoke (vapor) from e-cigarettes contains chromium and nickel at levels four times higher than tobacco cigarettes. Lead and zinc was also found in e-cigarette smoke, Fox News reported.

“The metal particles likely come from the cartridge of the e-cigarette devices themselves – which opens up the possibility that better manufacturing standards for the devices could reduce the quantity of metals in the smoke,” said Arian Saffari, a PhD student at USC Viterbi and lead author of the paper, which was obtained by Fox News. “Studies of this kind are necessary for implementing effective regulatory measures. E-cigarettes are so new, there just isn’t much research available on them yet.”

To date, no e-cigarette has been approved by the FDA for use as a smoking cessation aid, and the agency is leery over implications that they are a suitable tool for smokers looking to kick the habit. Critics of e-cigarettes are especially concerned that manufacturers seem to be marketing their products to teens and young adults, prompting some schools to take action, according to DNJ.

The Washington Poison Center in Washington State says that the number of calls to the center concerning children being sickened by liquid nicotine found in e-cigarettes has increased by a shocking 600 percent compared with recent years. According to the center, there has also been a “staggering increase” in the number of children exposed to dangerous levels of nicotine, KOMOnews.com reported.

Youngsters are mistaking the chambers of liquid nicotine that fit inside e-cigarettes with candy. The chambers, which come in a rainbow of colors and flavors, typically hold up to 3 millileters of liquid nicotine. Nicotine concentration in commonly available chambers can hold from 6 milligrams per milliliter all the way up to 24 milligrams per milliliter. That means one e-cigarette can contain anywhere from 18 to 72 milligrams of nicotine. Regular cigarettes contain only 8 to 20 milligrams of the nicotine, according to KOMOnews.com.

It only takes one milligram to cause mild nicotine poisoning in a small child, and 10 to 20 milligrams to cause serious toxicity and even death in children, Bangor Daily News reported. Children who ingest too much concentrated nicotine can suffer nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and difficulty breathing.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: FDA Says E-cigarette Makers Don’t Have Enough Data to Claim Their Products are Healthier than Tobacco Cigarettes was posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 1:59 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Misleading Information Lawsuits.

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