24/08/2009

Health Risks Associated with “e-cigarettes”

E Cigarettes or Electronic Cigarettes are touted as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes and the manufacturers claim it to be more cost effective and convenient. 

However according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) there are “potential health risks associated with electronic cigarettes, also known as "e-cigarettes." 

The main areas of concern for the FDA are: 

  • E-cigarettes can increase nicotine addiction among young people and may lead kids to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death. 

  • The products may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans. 

  • Because clinical studies about the safety and efficacy of these products for their intended use have not been submitted to FDA, consumers currently have no way of knowing: 

1) Whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use. 

2) About what types or concentrations of potentially harmful chemicals or what dose of nicotine they are inhaling when they use these products.