Are E-Cigs the Wave of the Future? FDA not so sure!

March 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)– The so called e-cig, a battery operated metal tube, filled with nicotine, but containing no real smoke or tobacco, is a new trend already popular in places like Sweden, the UK and Brazil and is sweeping across the U.S.; at least the Florida based distributors of the e-cigarette hopes so. The Smoking Everywhere, LLC, company is heavily promoting its e-cigarettes as a new revolutionary product it claims is a healthier eco-friendly, tobacco and smoke free alternative to a real cigarette. The company claims it helps smokers quit, but unlike a nicotine patch, the e-cig also provides the oral fixation many smokers crave of inhaling, exhaling “smoke” and handling a cigarette. That may be true, but the FDA has other ideas. The FDA considers the e-cigs “new drugs” because they contain nicotine, and is calling for the Florida Company to deliver scientific data to the FDA proving the e-cigs are safe.

So, how do the e-cigs work? The concept is pretty simple, users activate the e-cig by inhaling, which powers the battery and tiny computer-aided sensor, which then heats the liquid nicotine, releasing a vaporized, smoke-like mist containing a mix of propylene glycol and nicotine. The nicotine vapor also is available in flavors, such as chocolate and cherry, and affords a physical sensation similar to inhaling real tobacco smoke. The flavored vapor can be inhaled.

The e-cigs are manufactured to look like a real cigarette, with a white tube, brown filter and glowing red tip powered by a light-emitting diode. The e-cig uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and users can purchase replacement cartridges. Each cartridge is the equivalent of 20 cigarettes.

So far, the FDA is not banning the sale of e-cigs, but it is stopping the importation of e-cig products from places like China. Smoking Everywhere markets e-cigs online and in mall kiosks, and it’s eyeing the celebrity market. It recently gave e-cig samples to celebrities attending the Oscar and Grammy awards. The Florida Company also hired two new pitchmen, Danny Bonaduce, former child star of the 70s show, The Partridge Family and Jose Canseco, former major league baseball player and admitted steroid user.

Smoking everywhere claims the FDA needn’t worry, as e-cigs are a safer alternative to tobacco products that cause cancer. The American Cancer Society acknowledges that tobacco smoke alone is responsible for nearly 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths attributed to smoking. However, other critics claim e-cigs promote a return to a smoking culture as the young flaunt them in bars and nightclubs. Critics fear e-cigs may lead to a return of smoking real cigarettes.

Meanwhile, e-cigs are becoming more popular and commonplace, especially in nightclubs and coffeehouses frequented by the young and trendy. The FDA however, may soon crack down on the sale of e-cigs until FDA approval is obtained. Meanwhile, Danny Bonaduce, the former wisecracking Danny Partridge is busily promoting e-cigs as the next best thing.


Comments

24 Responses to “Are E-Cigs the Wave of the Future? FDA not so sure!”

  1. Robert on March 21st, 2009 11:43 pm

    Come on! It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that a person can use the different strength nicotine cartridges to taper down nicotine levels eventually quitting! We do not need to wait 10-20 years for a government laboratory to come back and tell us exactly that! Another thing, You didn’t mention the best place to buy these things, I found http://www.invisismoke.com to be, By Far the cheapest place to get them!

  2. Mike on March 24th, 2009 12:04 am

    Are you kidding me? Electronic cigarettes are harmless, and an incredible invention! You get the nicotine, but without the 4000+ harmful chemicals that are in regular cigarettes! I can actually breathe now, and I can smoke anywhere regular cigarettes are banned (bars, restaurants, even airplanes!), and I don’t have to pay those ridiculously steep tobacco taxes. Sooooo, what’s the downside?

    I found a site that reviews lots of different kinds of e-cigarettes, for anyone considering switching over that wants to learn a little more about them:

    http://greensmokes.blogspot.com

    And here are some videos explaining how different e-cigarettes work:

    http://www.youtube.com/healthysmokes

  3. Shep on March 24th, 2009 10:36 am

    Funny how the FDA has no problem allowing a KNOWN health hazard (cigarettes) to be sold, but they have a problem with the cleaner e-cigarette. Instead of banning it until “thorough testing” takes place, why not do like cigarettes and place a warning on them? The warning could say they haven’t been thoroughly tested. This would put the choice on those who choose to use them, just like cigarettes. Otherwise, it seems the FDA is telling us that the REAL cigarettes are a better alternative to e-cigarettes.

    invisismoke.com by far the cheapest? LOL, You haven’t looked very far have you? There are many cheaper sites. People should check out http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com to find the cheapest sites.

  4. Hermann Hurch on March 27th, 2009 8:26 am

    It really winds me up how this discussion always becomes so heated. Why can a product like an electronic cigarette not be approached in a pragmatic way? It’s for people who have tried and failed to stop smoking and no-one else really. For those people this product is potentially of enormous benefit.

  5. electronic cigarette on August 7th, 2009 10:29 pm

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  6. Sam on September 22nd, 2009 5:15 pm

    Now now people… these things should totally be banned. Even though I don’t let my kid walk around with 150 dollars to buy these, I still don’t want to deal with the responsibility of raising him and I think the state does a better job at that. Speaking of which… we should think of the states more and stop being so selfish. They are losing tons of tax revenue as smokers switch over. Plus, hospitals and insurance companies will lose money too since there will be less people getting lung cancer and less people to raise premiums. And of course the pharmaceutical industry is getting absolutely no cut in any of this. You know smokers are generally take more risks and are more likely to be rebels… what better way to deal with them than to let them all die off? And I’ll be darned if I’m going to let smokers beat all the anti-smoking associations now that smokers can ‘have their cake and eat it to.” So I’m gonna have to side with the FDA on this one since my comments above are 100% in-line with their views.

  7. e cigarette on October 17th, 2009 5:10 pm

    I dont see why the FDA is making a big stink about e cigarettes. A regular cig has 4300 chemicals in it and electronic ones hardly any! It’s just the government wanting to get in everyone’s back pocket…again!

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  14. alan on June 21st, 2010 2:10 am

    I learned that these new devices do not fall under most smoking bans and regulations.
    This is due to the fact that these devices are not actually “lit” and create any potential danger for fire.
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    The warning could say they haven’t been thoroughly tested. This would put the choice on those who choose to use them, just like cigarettes.

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