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Many People are Losing Faith in the Safety of E-Cigarettes, but Teens are Vaping Even More

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Many People are Losing Faith in the Safety of E-Cigarettes

Many People are Losing Faith in the Safety of
E-Cigarettes


Last year, the American Journal of Preventative Medicine issued a report showing that 65 percent of smokers said they believed that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking regular cigarettes in 2013, down from 85 percent in 2010.

In high schools across America, however, vaping is on the rise. This past December, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that 17 percent of high school seniors said they’d 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.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is under mounting pressure to more thoroughly regulate e-cigarettes, though the process has been moving along at a snail’s pace. Last year, the agency issued a proposal to start regulating e-cigarettes. 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 under the new rule.  There would also be a ban on the distribution of free samples of e-cigarettes and vending machine sales, and health warnings would be mandatory, according to Science Insider.

This means that the FDA would have to demonstrate that each individual product was beneficial to its intended users, but the agency would also have to show the consequences to teens and nonsmokers. The national’s federal health watchdog estimates that conducting the necessary studies and preparing a pre-market application would take more than 5,000 hours and cost upwards of $300,000. Only the largest tobacco producers would be left to manufacture e-cigarettes, as the smaller companies would not be able to shoulder the massive costs, The New York Times (Times) reported.

Two major cancer research and treatment groups released a joint statement earlier this month calling on the agency to take action now over concern that more and more young people are turning to vaping. The groups say it’s best for the FDA to get moving on the proposal now, considering the amount of time it will take to finalize the rule.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research want 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 using e-cigarettes.  Neither the FDA’s proposal nor the groups’ statement mentions regulating e-cigarette “flavorings,” which make them so tempting to young people, nor do they mention a ban on television advertising for e-cigarettes, which many experts say is necessary.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Many People are Losing Faith in the Safety of E-Cigarettes, but Teens are Vaping Even More was posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 2:30 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Product Liability Lawsuits.

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