Electronic Cigarettes and the FDA

February 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Electronic Cigarette Info

Electronic cigarettes, the FDA talking about anti-freeze and teenagers using e-cigs… how are these four connected?

Apparently the FDA found small traces of diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze, in one sample of the electronic cigarette solutions they analyzed.  It was not present in any others.  FYI: That sample was made in China.   The FDA did not include any USA made e-liquids in the test.  They are also concerned that teenagers will get addicted to electronic cigarettes.  How serious are these issues, really?

Are e-cigarettes harmful devices that should be banned?

Lets get the facts straight right now, and put all this information into its proper perspective.

Things taken out of context can mean anything you want them to mean.  You should demand all the facts, not just the parts they want to mention.

Diethylene glycol may be a toxic ingredient but exactly how toxic is it?

1. It is has one-tenth the toxicity of aspirin.
2. It has one-fortieth the toxicity of nicotine.

Diethylene glycol is also found in everyday consumable products like:

– Toothpaste
– Mouthwash
– Cough syrup
– Wine
– Dog food
– And many other products we all buy at the grocery store…

You have to wonder why the FDA is focusing so much on the very minute traces of diethylene glycol found in one sample when clearly this is a very common ingredient many of us are ingesting regularly.

That’s not to say that diethylene glycol is totally harmless and we shouldn’t have any concerns about it. But when the FDA starts focusing on words like ‘diethylene glycol’ and ‘anti-freeze’ it sure does sound scary. However, a little bit of education on the facts puts it back in perspective doesn’t it? By the way, water is another ingredient found in anti-freeze!

The FDA tends to give the impression that they have regulatory control over nicotine. That is not always the case. They regulate smoking cessation products and claims. That’s why electronic cigarettes are marketed as a smoking alternative and not as a means to quit smoking.

Another “concern” expressed by the FDA is that electronic cigarettes target underage kids. Here is an FDA quote from one of their reports:

“These products are marketed and sold to young people and are readily available online and in shopping malls. They are also available in different flavors, such as chocolate and mint, which may appeal to young people”.

There is absolutely zero evidence that e-cigarettes target teenagers. Just the opposite… the marketing is focused on adults who already smoke and are searching for a healthier alternative they can use in their homes, cars, and public places.  Look at any vaping stores website, and you will see a nicotine warning, as well as a notice stating you must be of legal smoking age to buy any of their products.

Oh, and here is some breaking news: Adults shop in malls, and enjoy a variety of flavor choices too!  I personally have about 23 different flavors that just came in that I cant wait to test out. My favorites so far are Root Beer, Orange dream bar, one called Island, which is like a pina colloda type of tropical mixture, and banana nut bread.  I am 48 – not a teen…

Besides, the initial cost of entry for a top of the line electronic cigarette is not practical for most teenagers.

I encourage you to do your own research of the electronic cigarette, to see if this is something that will benefit you. Look at all sides of the story and try to get unbiased information from both sides of the story. Right now the FDA appears to be biased against electronic smoking for some reason. Do they have a hidden agenda? Who knows… but I think I detect more than trace elements of BS in the FDA reports!

Here is a site with some great info:  http://casaa.org/FAQS_ecig.html

Here is their main page:  http://casaa.org

There are a lot of great videos on youtube also.  I have a bunch of them linked on my videos page.  Check them out when you have time.