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Entries in E-Cigarettes (3)

Thursday
Feb282013

One in Five Adult Cigarette Smokers Have Tried Electronic Cigarettes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A fifth of all cigarette smoking adults have tried smoking electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, according to a new study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday.

The study, which examined data from 2011, found that the 21 percent figure was double the number who had tried e-cigarettes in 2010.n Six percent of the general adult population had smoked an e-cigarette.

Awareness of the existence of e-cigarettes is up too, as six in ten Americans knew of them in 2011, compared with only four in ten a year before.

This study is the first to report the rise in awareness and use of e-cigarettes.

Although e-cigarettes seem to have far fewer toxins than traditional cigarettes, their impact on long-term health has not been thoroughly studied, according to the CDC.  

“E-cigarette use is growing rapidly,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden. “There is still a lot we don’t know about these products, including whether they will decrease or increase use of traditional cigarettes.”

“If large numbers of adult smokers become users of both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes — rather than using e-cigarettes to quit cigarettes completely — the net public health effect could be quite negative,” said Tim McAfee,  director of the Office on Smoking and Health at CDC.

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Wednesday
Feb152012

Man Suffers Severe Injuries After E-Cigarette Explodes in His Mouth

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NICEVILLE, Fla.) -- A Florida man is recovering at a local burn center after suffering severe injuries from an electric cigarette that exploded in his mouth.

Tom Holloway, 57, of Niceville, Fla., was smoking the e-cigarette Monday night when his wife heard an explosion from their study. She reportedly said it sounded like a firecracker had exploded in the house and she heard him scream, one of Holloway's neighbors told ABC News affiliate WCTI.

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Chief Butch Parker of the North Bay Fire District responded to the call. He said a faulty battery inside the electric cigarette likely caused the accident. Parker described the explosion as if Holloway was holding a "bottle rocket in his mouth."

"I have never heard of or seen anything like this before," Parker told ABC News.

Parker said there was no way to recognize the brand of e-cigarette Holloway was smoking, but the battery appeared to be rechargeable lithium because there was a recharging station in the study.

Holloway, a Vietnam veteran, photographer and father of three, reportedly stopped smoking two years ago and turned to e-cigarettes to kick his smoking habit.

Parker said the explosion knocked out all Holloway's teeth and part of his tongue. The event also set fire to the room.

Electronic cigarettes have become a popular crutch for many who have quit smoking. The battery-operated smoking-cessation device simulates the act of tobacco smoking through physical sensation, appearance and even flavor.

E-cigarettes are currently not regulated by the FDA.

According to an FDA spokesperson, the government agency set forth its plans to develop a strategy to regulate additional categories of tobacco products in an April 2011 letter to stakeholders. In the Spring 2011 Unified Agenda (published in July), FDA announced its intent to issue a proposed rule deeming products meeting the definition of "tobacco product" to be subject to regulation by FDA under the Tobacco Control Act, which provides FDA with the authority to regulate certain categories of tobacco products, including cigarettes, tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco.

While the devices go unregulated, Americans who purchase e-cigarettes do so at their own risk, said Dr. Stephen Jay, professor of medicine and public health at Indiana University.

"These products, based on what we know and don't know, should be regulated now," said Jay. "There are no data regarding either their safety or effectiveness as an aid in tobacco-use cessation. Claims by manufacturers and distributors are just that -- claims. The Internet is awash in pro-e-cigarette advertising [and] much of it is very misleading and aimed at vulnerable young people."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Apr252011

US Appellate Court Decides: FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it would go along with a federal appellate court decision to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products.

The FDA had wished to regulate the instruments as drug devices the same way nicotine gum and smoking cessation products are regulated.  The FDA maintains that e-cigarettes are not safer than smoking cigarettes, as their makers and distributors often promote.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided in January that the battery-powered nicotine-delivery devices should be regulated as tobacco products instead. 

Drug device regulations would have required the product to go through pre-market approval. 

Tobacco product regulation prohibits e-cigarettes from being marketed with other FDA-regulated products like food, cosmetics, medical devices or dietary supplements.

Often marketed as a smoking alternative to aid quitting, the FDA argued that e-cigarettes could be regulated as a medical device. But the court rejected this claim, saying that e-cigarettes are not marketed as smoking cessation devices, and therefore could not be considered medical devices.

E-cigarettes will now be subject to ingredient listing, user fees and registration requirements, in addition to several others.

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