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FDA Wrong About E-Cigarette Hazards

By Monroe Thompson

The e cig controversy went viral around August of 2009 after the FDA released a study claiming that they screened smokefree cigarettes, together with their associated product e-liquid, and identified them to be hazardous because they contained chemical substances considered poisonous to humans. The electronic cigarette camp fired back by hiring a internationally renowned research firm to examine the FDA report and the practices they utilized to reach their conclusions. The investigating organization discovered the findings obtained from the FDA research appeared to be invalid because the screening methods they utilized were far from those necessary to come up with these types of determinations.

So presently, over a year later, just what exactly have we all learned about the safety involving ecigs? Well, effectively nothing at all has changed. Both sides in the argument still claim victory but in the end, the ecig buyer continues to be in the dark with regards to whether or not the e-cigarette is harmless to use and reliable as a quitting smoking aid. Let’s have a closer look at what we know.

In the interest of brevity, I will not go into detail about how precisely the e-cig works or how it is used. It is quite simply a nicotine delivery product not unlike the MD prescribed Nicotrol inhaler. It operates by warming and atomizing a combination of propylene glycerin and nicotine as the smoker inhales with the instrument. The FDA’s major point of contention, that has been proven wrong by means of the secondary scientific study, is the nicotine containing solution that they tested included poisonous impurities. The debate over this aspect itself is actually not my own problem. The most important thing to note is the fact that the Food and drug administration may have, be it intentional or not, came across a very important point. Let’s take a look at this a little further.

In the states, just about anything we eat or drink must conform to specifications regulated by many different federal organizations that guarantee our protection. We see very often items which have been recalled from the supplier due to the slightest incompliance with the recommended production steps. So now why don’t we think about e-liquid (the nicotine product found in ecigs) for the moment. There are at this moment basically no rules or regulations in place governing its manufacturing, who can produce it, the way it is stored or even its shelf life. Basically, you or I can get on the world-wide-web, acquire ejuice components and start preparing it in our garages with absolutely no regulation whatsoever. Of course just for individual use, it will possibly sound acceptible. However, I don’t know of any similar item made for human inhalation that you could prepare for yourself let alone for mass consumption and promote it on the internet. But this is precisely what a large amount of e liquid dealers seem to be doing.

Please don’t misunderstand me. I am far from implying that ejuice is risky. I am saying there is a distinct risk that because of insufficient regulation, a contaminated e liquid might in theory end up in the hands of an e-cigarette user. Now you might think about about the e juice that is manufactured by the ecig manufacturers themselves? Here once again, we effectively have the identical situation. Formulated mostly inside China, there’s absolutely no regulations of any sort concerning how this eliquid is manufactured. Ultimately, it appears those purchasing e-liquid should be thinking about the old addage caveat emptor or “Let the buyer beware”.

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Thompson, Monroe "FDA Wrong About E-Cigarette Hazards." FDA Wrong About E-Cigarette Hazards. 22 Aug. 2010. 8 Apr 2015 <>.

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Thompson, M (2010, August 22). FDA Wrong About E-Cigarette Hazards. Retrieved April 8, 2015, from

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Thompson, Monroe "FDA Wrong About E-Cigarette Hazards"

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