Just like anything you take into your body, there are going to be controversies and regulations imposed. As sales of eCigs soar in the United States and Europe there are many research engines running tests to help determine whether eCigs are good or bad for your health.
The latest ruling from the FDA indicates that it will propose “deeming” regulations for e-cigarettes by April 2013. Certain sections in the proposal ban all e-cigarettes. This has the consequence of decimating the e-cigarette industry and protecting traditional cigarette markets.
Not only are e-cigarettes targeted but cigars, pipe tobacco, shisha/hookah and other non-traditional smoking devices.
FDA Reasons for eCig Regulations
One of the compelling reasons for regulating or banning e-cigarettes is the possibility of different flavors being used in electronic smoking devices. Will children be attracted by the possibility of cherry, bubble gum or root beer flavored “cigarettes?”
Regulations are being considered since smokers use eCigs to “smoke” in smoke-free areas and to circumvent smoking laws. In addition eCig users avoid smoking cessation because there is no reason to quit if they can use an e-cigarette in a no-smoking area.
Most people believe that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tradition cigarettes. However research at Greece’s University of Athens found that e-cigarettes triggered breathing problems and airway resistance after ten to fifteen minutes of usage.
The FDA also claims that cigarettes may release aerosols which contain volatile organic compounds and nicotine. This poses a passive vaping risk to those around the vapor.
Proponents of e-cigarettes stress that current smoking capsules contain water, glycerol, flavorings, propylene and nicotine. The harmful particulates that were found in first samples are now reduced.
Users and manufacturers of e-cigarettes tout the research and public recommendations that e-cigarettes may actually help with smoking cessation efforts. There is research from Boston University that concluded 67 percent of 222 smokers polled claimed they smoked less after using e-cigarettes.
Nearly a third of this same group espoused that they kicked the tobacco habit after this same six month usage.
Tests in early 2009 by the FDA found trace amounts of toxic and carcinogenic ingredients in samples of e-cigarettes. At that same time government representatives believed that e-cigarettes were actually drug delivery devices; they were alarmed and felt this is another reason eCigs should be banned.
Research and Studies
To determine whether or not e-cigarettes are prohibitive for health, there have been studies overseas and in the US that are helping to determine the health risks for e-cigarettes. As these studies are concluded they will be presented to the FDA for consideration.
A Greek study that was completed earlier in 2008 stated that battery-operated devices could damage the lungs, but they had no negative influences on the heart. Studies further conclude that “vaping” contains no tobacco and had far fewer chemicals which made them safer.
Plummeting prices of e-cigarettes are making them more and more popular and less expensive alternatives to cigarettes. U.S. eCigs were credited with over $5 million in sales in 2009.The popularity is rising.
Michael Cross is a freelance writer who specializes in consumer information and comparisons. He also uses blu cigs coupon code for his electronic cigarettes for savings.