Entries in Electronic Cigarette (3)


No Proof Electronic Cigarettes Combat Addiction, Report Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There is no scientific proof that electronic cigarettes are useful in combating smoking addiction and they should not be used by young people because they are still delivering nicotine to the body, a study by the Italian Health Ministry said today.

The gadgets often known as e-cigarettes have been growing in popularity in Italy as well as the U.S.

The Health Ministry report, published Friday, warned that this "fashion gadget" should not be used by young people because, even if smaller quantities of nicotine are inhaled in this way, there are still serious potential health risks. The report also raised the concern that the use of this gadget could lead young people to graduate from these devices to smoking real cigarettes.

An association of electronic cigarette makers balked at the report's claims and said the device is intended to help people who are already smokers.

The e-cigarette is basically an electronic inhaler made up of a plastic cartridge that acts as a mouthpiece, a battery, a reservoir for a liquid aroma solution and an "atomizer" that vaporizes the liquid. Some of the aroma solutions contain nicotine in different concentrations. It produces a smoke-like vapor that simulates the act of tobacco smoking and when inhaled delivers the nicotine, if used in the liquid-base, into the bloodstream via the lungs.

Roberta Pacifici, director of Italy Observatory on Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use at the National Health Institute, who worked on the report, told Italian news agency ANSA, "We can say that the electronic cigarette is less toxic, but we cannot say that it is totally innocuous."

"We have to have a prudent approach towards this product as we know little about its worth in stopping people smoking or how toxic it is," she said.

The international scientific reports studied "do not reassure us about the effectiveness or the innocuousness of its use," Pacifici said.

She conceded that even though there are different strengths of nicotine concentrations in the liquids available the actual amount of nicotine in an electronic cigarette is markedly lower than in a normal cigarette "and a traditional cigarette when smoked produces over 400 substances which are mostly carcinogenic and absolutely toxic."

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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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Electronic Cigarette Market Could Expand, FDA Cannot Regulate Importation

Image Courtesy USACigdotcom(IRVINE, Calif.) -- An international electronics manufacturer Tuesday said that they are pleased with a ruling that will not allow the FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes.

Hop-On Inc. said they are “thrilled” with the decision by an appeals court to not allow the FDA to interfere with the importation of such cigarettes.

“After 10 months of anticipation, it is time for the electronic cigarette industry to expand and make a larger impact on the market,” said Hop-on President Samuel Demissie.

The FDA will not be able to interfere with importation, but can still regulate the marketing and safety of the product.

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