A group of medical professionals are calling on the World Health Organization to “hold firm in what seems to be its intention to impose strict regulations on electronic cigarettes.”
The letter, dated June 16, 2014, expresses concern and states that research shows that those who smoke e-cigarettes are “dual users” and also use regular cigarettes. It points out that “smokers who use ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) are less likely to stop smoking.”
This letter, signed by 129 medical professionals, was apparently in response to a different letter from 53 scientists which asked the WHO “not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products” in May 2014.
FDA Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations
On April 24, 2014, the FDA released a statement outlining new proposed regulations for e-cigarettes. Some of those regulations included requiring manufacturers to register products and ingredient lists with the FDA, FDA review before marketing new tobacco products, and confirmation of claims of reduced risk before selling the product to consumers.
One reason why so many public health officials are pushing for e-cigarette regulations is their apparent appeal to young kids. The National Youth and Tobacco Survey found that the percentage of high school students who said they used an e-cigarette in 2011 was at 2.4%. That number jumped to 10.0% in 2012.
E-cigarettes contain liquid nicotine that turns into a vapor when it is heated up and inhaled. Consumers have filed complaints about side effects including:
• Sore throat
• Chest pain/cardiovascular problems
• Nose bleeds
• Allergic reactions
The FDA analyzed ingredients in a sample of cartridges from two e-cigarette brands and found carcinogens and diethylene glycol which is used in anti-freeze and is toxic to humans.
Popularity of E-Cigarettes is Rising
The popularity of the e-cigarettes appears to be on the rise. A study published in the Tobacco Control journal shows that currently there are over 400 brands of e-cigarettes and over 7,000 flavors available for consumers.
If you have any adverse reactions to using e-cigarettes you should contact the FDA to report it. Any side effects should be reported to your doctor. He or she will be able to tell you what your best course of action is to prevent further side effects.
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